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That's all for now, coming up in a

moment, the papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Kate Proctor,

political correspondent

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of the London Evening Standard

and John Stapleton, broadcaster.

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Let's run through some

of tomorrow's front pages.

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The Telegraph reports comments

by a former head of MI6 that

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Jeremy Corbyn has questions

to answer over his relationship

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with communist operatives

during the Cold War.

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The Times reveals the identity

of a man it calls a "Putin crony"

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with financial interests in Britain

after a long-running legal

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dispute with the paper.

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The FT Weekend leads on Brexit,

it says the Prime Minister is under

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growing cross-party pressure to stay

in the Customs Union after Brexit.

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The Guardian has an investigation

into food safety and says that half

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of all audited meat factories have

had major safety breaches in the

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last three years.

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Possible changes to the organ donor

system is the i's top story -

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it reports MPs have voted

to progress legislation replacing

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the opt-in system with an opt-out.

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The Mirror calls the move "historic"

and says it has delighted

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ten-year-old heart

transplant patient Max.

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The Mail reports hospital

consultants have won a battle

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to retain lucrative bonuses,

which the paper claims costs the NHS

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£320 million a year.

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Stephen Fry's revelation

he has prostate cancer

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is the Sun's lead story.

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Let's start with the FT. Theresa May

on the spot over the customs union.

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It has been another roller-coaster

day in terms of Brexit Cox and where

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Britain is that with Brexit and the

FT is rightly leading with the most

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important story -- Brexit talks.

Theresa May is easier to -- Theresa

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May is facing a challenge from

backbench MPs. There are a few more

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backbench MPs who have added their

name to this amendment.

Be clear

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what the amendment is.

That would be

that Britain remains in the customs

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union.

Do you think there's a

majority in the comments are staying

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in customs union?

It is a knife edge

for the Conservatives right now and

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we will learn more in Jeremy Corbyn

delivers his speech on Monday.

This

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piece is saying the arithmetic has

changed but I have my doubts whether

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all those Labour MPs whose

constituents voted for Brexit would

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necessarily go that way. Like many

other people, I'm still wondering

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what the Government have up their

sleeve, kicking the scan down the

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road and saying we will tell you

what our plan and we will have a

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series of speeches. We had a meeting

at Chequers last night and we still

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don't have any details.

We think

there was a surprising unanimity.

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They said they want to have managed

to divergence, meaning you could

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cherry pick bits of legislation or

rules from the EU that you would

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like to be closely aligned with, but

Donald Katherine task has called

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this pure illusion and he is coming

for his own meeting on Thursday --

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Donald Tusk. Theresa May is getting

her own meeting on Friday.

If we

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leave the customs union, then you've

got to the border in Northern

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Ireland and checks at Dover, etc and

no one wants either of those. If we

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stay in a customs union, we can do

deals outside -- we can't do deals

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outside.

Some Conservative MPs today

were saying they would like the

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arrangements which some countries

are signed up to. There is another

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option being explored by

Conservative backbenchers so there

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is another option perhaps on the

table. It is to be able to have a

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trade deal with a certain set of

countries. It is a form of customs

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union.

The Brexiteers within the

Tory party, would they stand for

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that?

No, they want us to be out

completely and not in any

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collaborative arrangement with any

other countries. They want us to be

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an independent coastal nation.

We

seem to be quite far down the Brexit

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Road and it's still not clear what

kind of Brexit it's going to be.

400

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days to go or something like that.

Is that because Theresa May can't be

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clear because if she is clear, she's

going to upset some part of her

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party?

That is a defence for saying

nothing. It is also an indication

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that they can't make up their minds.

Moving on from Brexit to Kentucky

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fried chicken. Why did the chicken

cross the road? According to the FT,

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why did the chicken failed to cross

the road?

This story right

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underneath the Brexit story is

making the point that this

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destruction to supplies are GST is

good to continue. I can't believe

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the fuss is created. There was a

woman on the news asked about her

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views about not being able to get

her TSE and she said, I had to go to

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Burger King! -- to get her KFC.

People have likely been calling the

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police saying they can't get KFC --

people have actually been calling

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the police.

We only had one job, to

deliver fried chicken, that's what

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they're saying. We had the chickens,

we had the restaurants but couldn't

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match the two together. The angle is

that it's going to continue.

Were

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just great to have a weekend without

fried chicken -- we are just going

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to have a weekend without fried

chicken.

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To the Telegraph, the continuing row

over Jeremy Corbyn and whether he's

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got questions to answer and the

former MI6 says that he has.

Jeremy

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Corbyn as I'm sure viewers remember,

said earlier this week that was a

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man who created

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and it is a joke. Jeremy Corbyn said

he certainly didn't betray his

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country as one senior Tory alleged.

We have Sir Richard saying hang on,

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it's a bit naive to imagine Jeremy

Corbyn thinking this man was just a

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diplomat. He has been in contact

with some of his so-called friends

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in the intelligence community and

saying, there may well be something

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in this, so presumably the whole

thing opens up again.

I imagine you

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will see a really strong push back

again from Labour.

We had a very

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strong statement from Jeremy Corbyn.

He put a video out to say that for

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right-wing media barons, time is up.

Changes coming, with a glint in his

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eye -- change is coming.

It's really

interesting to hear these views but

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it also references the fact that the

CIA were keeping tabs on Jeremy

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Corbyn when he was travelling around

South America and places in the

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Caribbean so I think his politics

and his left-wing politics have come

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over the last 30 years, brought the

attention of agencies.

The Daily

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Mail and the sun will love this one

because it keeps the ball rolling.

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The front page of Private Eye is

James Bond in a suave suit and

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sunglasses and Jeremy Corbyn in a

T-shirt and shorts! Also the

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Telegraph, another story that has

been rumbling since the first Oxfam

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Revelations, a new charity embroiled

in the sex abuse scandal in the

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eight world. What's this one about,

Kate? -- aid world.

They say they

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have six cases of child abuse by

staff and volunteers. Is one of

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Britain's biggest children's

charities and for me, this is

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pushing it into another area where

some of these cases are displayed as

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criminal in nature. We have had

correspondence between aid workers

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and staff which has been

inappropriate but here we have

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potential criminal activity against

children and it's another really

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sickening story to be honest, that

people who do this have managed to

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be employed in these charities. For

me, Oxfam brought this up earlier

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this week, the referencing from when

one aid worker, let's say they are

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disgraced and are able to move to

another place to find work and the

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fact they are referenced and doesn't

show anything about them.

So there

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is not enough vetting. I was reading

that when there is a disaster, the

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aid agencies are scrambling to get

staff and sometimes they are

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recruiting very fast, sometimes

hundreds of people, so some of these

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people were not appropriate.

Some

are senior people and campaigners

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and the Oxfam situation, the way

this was handled by the Oxfam people

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at that time left a lot to be

desired. It was woefully inadequate.

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What distresses me about these

terrible stories is thinking that

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this. People giving money to these

organisations, which in the main,

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the overwhelming majority of cases

do a fantastic job.

Oxfam gave

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figures and said 7000 people had

stopped their donations but out of

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400,000 so it was quite a small

centage.

Some also signed up in

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protest.

Everyone is faced with

options about charitable giving and

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I think it will have quite a big

impact on farmers.

Do you think they

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will recover? Oxfam have been

hard-hit by these organisations --

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accusations.

It just goes on and on

and they're going to publish new

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safeguards and measures to make sure

this won't happen again. It might

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remind people of the original

allegations and scandal so it might

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be hard to operate in exactly the

same way.

Yeah, I find it difficult.

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Things that this damage your

reputation so much that you can

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actually scrap what you're doing and

start again but for something like

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Oxfam which is so well entrenched,

it's hard to imagine how they would

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go away and come back.

It's such a

big institution that has been around

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for so long. Let's talk about the

Mirror, it's a historic move on

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organ donation to make it an opt out

system.

This campaign has been going

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around for two years and it involved

the boy on the front page, Max, who

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had to have at heart transplant and

had to wait an agonisingly long

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time. They argue that the law should

be changed and that organs will be

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deleted unless the family say

otherwise. It will be deemed

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consent. They have fought this

battle for two long years and now

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the House of Commons have agreed to

bring in what they're calling Max's

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law. They're saying 200 lives per

year might be saved. We often

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criticise newspapers but the Daily

Mail deserves our congratulations --

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the Daily Mirror.

If it is your

relative that is waiting for a

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transplant, I think you would feel

very strongly that this is exactly

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the right thing to do, that you need

to make sure that options are open

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to you. What I think the Mirror has

done here is contributed so many

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stories about families having such a

difficult time and also sad stories

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where people don't get the organs

that they need and so I think

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knowing those emotional stories as a

reporter, I can't help but support

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this.

This little lad Max got the

heart of a young ghetto who had been

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involved in a road accident and her

father gave permission for all her

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organs to go to people.

What a brave

thing for him to do.

And that saved

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for different lives.

We have been reporting that Stephen

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Fry has prostate cancer and he has

been talking about that today. The

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Simon say getting a flu jab saved

his life. -- the The Sun.

I saw a

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video or Stephen Fry explain in what

happened, he got diagnosed at the

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end of last year and had the

operation in January and it was

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fairly aggressive. But he has

tackled it with style and humour and

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told his millions of fans that

fingers crossed, he will be OK.

This

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is another example of a celebrity

with an illness than raising

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awareness about prostate cancer. We

sought with Angelina Jolie. She had

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breast cancer.

It is effective when

people speak out in this way and for

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something so personal, you've got to

applaud Stephen Fry for doing it. He

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said something in his video, he did

a video on his website today and

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said it is an old cliche, but you

don't think it's going to happen to

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you and I thought that was a line

that would ring true with lots of

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people.

But it is one of those

cancers that men are not necessarily

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aware of.

We men are not very good

at admitting there is anything wrong

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with us.

Going to the doctors.

We

don't like owning up to that kind of

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stuff. It is a remainder, it's the

biggest killer of men in the UK,

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40,000 cases a year, 11,000 of whom

died. Spot on.

It is sort of raising

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awareness, which is a good thing.

Let's end on the weather. It's what

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I been talking about all day.

It has

been freezing! Westminster can be a

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chilly place.

Politically or...?

Written in a deep freeze, four

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inches of snow on the way.

That is

going to cause havoc across the

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country, from North East to London

and the South East and in Scotland,

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some places are down to -15 Celsius

so I think that will cause

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difficulty for motorists.

The South

of England which often gets off

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latest, and I grew up between

Manchester and Huddersfield, this is

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nothing.

I thought you were going to

say you were brought up in the

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Arctic!

This is nothing, but we used

to laugh at the South because BBC

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News with run a big weather story if

there was an inch of snow in

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Trafalgar Square and we were digging

mountains of snow!

The express love

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weather stories. It is their staple

diet.

A polar vortex is the phrase

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that comes up over and over again

when temperatures plummet, which I

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think is the most Matic thing. --

most dramatic. Four inches of snow

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on the way.

The first thing you

think about when you get up in the

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morning is what the weather is like.

It affects what you take to lunch.

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Lovely. Great to have you with us.

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Don't forget you can see the front

pages of the papers online

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on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you, seven days

a week at bbc.co.uk/papers,

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