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That is all from Sportsday, the top

story, Manchester City beating Stoke

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City 2-0, one step closer to the

Premier League title. Coming up

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next, the newspapers.

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Welcome to our look ahead at what

the papers will be bringing us. With

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me are the broadcaster David Davies

and Lucy Fisher, Senior Political

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Correspondent at The Times. Welcome

to the both of you. Many of

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tomorrow's front page is already in.

Let's have a rifle through them, we

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can take a look, starting with the

Metro, rather menacing picture of

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Vladimir Putin. As Theresa May told

MPs that the nerve agent used in the

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Salisbury attack was something

developed by Russia. While the I

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reports that Theresa May has given

Russia 36 hours to report what they

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knew of the attack. The Financial

Times, which leads with a picture of

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Theresa May at the dispatch box

saying that unless a credible reason

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is given this action amounts to

unlawful use of force by the Russia

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against the United Kingdom. While

the Times tells it's readers that it

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understands GCHQ and the Ministry of

Defence are working to accelerate a

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joint offensive cyber programme

against Russia. Moving on - the

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Mirror - who broke the story of

former England player Jamie

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Carragher spitting at a teenager -

has a plea from the victim's family

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for him NOT to lose his job as a

pundit over the incident. The

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Express has a picture of Sir Ken

Dodd on their front page with his

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long time partner Anne who he

married just days before he died.

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Unsurprisingly, Theresa May's

responds in the House of Commons to

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the Salisbury attack, leading the

most of the newspapers. Kick us off

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with the Metro, they have some James

Bond ponds here...

A robust

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statement today from Theresa May, in

the house, explaining the UK

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authorities have identified the

substance, the nerve agent used

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against the Russian spy and his

daughter, it is another jock, which

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is said to be ten times more potent

than VX poison gas, hard to detect,

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more resistant to antidotes. --

Novichok. It was either a

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state-sponsored attack by the

Kremlin or else Russia has lost

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control of its nerve agent, and she

has ordered the Russian ambassador

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to the UK to come and explain

exactly what they know about this

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within the next 36 hours.

Really,

this deadline now, for the facts to

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come onto the table, do you think we

can expect much from the Russians?

I

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was reflecting on, if Anglo Soviet

relations have ever in modern times

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been at a lower ebb, than they are

at this moment, I'm struggling to

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remember when it was. The Commons,

in that quite fascinating debate,

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this afternoon, was reminded of the

last time there was substantial

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Russian expulsions from the UK, and

the impact they had, that is some 40

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years ago. And personally, it would

seem to me, the logical extension of

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this, probably by Wednesday and

Thursday, will be expulsions. How

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far of the Russian Embassy chain

they go remains to be seen.

The

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Financial Times, the headline,

Theresa May accuses Russia over

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attack on spy and threatens requires

all is -- and threatens reprisals,

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they are looking at the kind of

reprisals that may come back.

More

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powers for ministers to seize assets

on dubious Russians linked to the

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Kremlin. Perhaps a clamp-down on

Russian banks, perhaps it could be

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that the UK boycotts and World Cup,

some talk of the former Russia today

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Kremlin backed broadcaster having

its licence revoked, a whole suite

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of options that are possible here.

Let's get on to the World Cup! Now,

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very clearly, it is absolutely...

It

is absolutely pointless for England

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to boycott the World Cup on its own,

if Germany, if France, if Poland, if

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a substantial number of other

countries boycott the World Cup, now

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you are talking. The other thing I

would say, in a number of the

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papers, this point about the

deployment of malware, viruses, as I

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understand, as a likely option, by

our country, against the Russians.

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So, that will be a serious, a very

serious escalation. And the other

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thing that struck me, and I'm

interested in Lucy's view on this,

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the roller Jeremy Corbyn, and his

contribution to the debate today,

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how was that received EU think on

the Labour benches, particularly the

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Labour front bench?

Remind us of the

take he took.

He said, he was very

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sceptical about how hard Theresa May

would be in terms of her response to

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the Russians, invoking the fact that

the Conservatives have received

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£820,000 in donations from Russians,

since she has become Prime Minister.

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People thought that him bringing up

this aspect, playing party politics

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in quite a grave moment, about the

sort of security of the nation, was

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inappropriate, cries of shame in the

house. Interesting that some

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backbenchers, to be fair, some art

critics we are used to seeing,

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heaped censure on him, they were

making digs at him, questioning

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whether the UK could ever be led by

somebody who did not take this

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security threat seriously.

But you

listen to him, he said, I think the

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government should be reducing

tensions. Now, in an ideal world, of

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course that is right, but, surely,

he has got to come to terms with the

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fact that the Russians are

effectively being accused here of

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attempted murder in our country.

That is the seriousness of the

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situation.

-- seriousness. Need

potentially for an international

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approach, on the issue of the World

Cup but actually, that intent to

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reach out to other countries to join

the UK, we are starting to see that,

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the United States were talking about

it today, White House spokesman

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saying, we stand by the UK, not so

much about Russia, but this need

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for... What is the word... An

approach with all the countries

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working together, is what is going

to be needed together, if any impact

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will be had.

That is actually leave

right, unilateral action will be

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ineffective, especially if it is

around sanctions. -- that is

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absolutely right. The White House

said that while they will stand by

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the UK as its closest ally and

condemn the use of highly lethal

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nerve agents, they did not mention

Russia. The Emmanuel Macron has had

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in conversation with Theresa May and

pledged solidarity, I'm sure we'll

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be hearing from more allies,

Germany.

European allies, British

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are now seeking...

Are you trying to

take us back?

Making an observation.

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Takers to The Times, your paper,

your story, down right-hand side of

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this, some really aren't pleasant

reading. -- take us to the times. --

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some really unpleasant reading. Tell

us what you have found out about

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Labour MPs.

First we had Pest-

Minster, not just Labour, all

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parties, and bullion claims in

recent weeks, Karl Turner, Labour

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MP, has been accused of making

highly inappropriate sexual remarks

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towards a cancer survivor, he denies

those remarks, it must be said, but

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this brings the tally of Labour MPs

facing allegations of sexual

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misconduct or bullying up to six. It

shines a light on how widespread

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this problem is in parliament, as

well as the rest of society.

We feel

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like we are working through various

key and is the juice and within

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society.

The allegation refers to

2015, and the whole question of

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this, I mean, it appears to an

outsider, as I am now, as opposed to

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what I used to be, in the lobby,

that there is huge and needs a among

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long-standing members of Parliament,

on all sides, about where this

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starts and ends, and some of the

allegations and where they come from

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and how they would be proven, so

many years on... But, in other areas

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of public life, they are proven, and

we shall see.

We will move on, take

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us to the Guardian, university

strikes may be called off as talks

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turn corner. This is all about

pension reform in the university

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sector, roll and plan for strikes

which we have seen going on...

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Middle of March, final exams in

universities are only a few months

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away now, so the settlement of this

dispute which has gone on for

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several weeks and there have been...

There has been picketing and there

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have been lectures missed, and

tutorial's mist, in a significant

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number of universities, not the one

I am on the council of, in

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Birmingham, perhaps surprisingly to

some people. -- tutorials missed.

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This is good news for students who

were getting worried worried with

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exams ever closer, and good news for

universities who were facing up to

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the possibility of claims from

students for compensation for missed

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tuition over the past few...

Covering this a couple of weeks ago,

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students coming out in support of

lecturers.

That is right to give the

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other side of the argument, unions

say these changes initially proposed

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to the pensions of the lecturers and

professors involved was worth

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£10,000 a year per retiree,

substantial sums of money involved,

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interesting to see that while the

tensions were continuing, more

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universities seemed to be breaking

away, Oxford was the latest to

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distance itself from the

universities UK stance, Imperial

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College London asked the pensions

regulator to come in and resolve the

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issue independently. Interesting,

they have reached something now,

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with a three year transition period,

and a compromise on proposals.

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Interesting to watch the detail as

it unfolds. Daily Mirror,

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footballing hat, I want you to book

it back on, don't sack Jamie

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Carragher, Sky Sports's football

pundit Jamie Carragher, in trouble

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after film spitting at a car with

fans in.

Let me say, Jamie

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Carragher, what Jamie Carragher has

said, immensely foolish, disgusting,

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indefensible, that is the first

point, what he did. Having said

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that, I think there is a wider

point, and this refers to

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politicians as well, and people in

public life. My concern at the

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moment is that there is a level of

the word uses coarseness,

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old-fashioned word, some of the

awful, horrible provocation and

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abuse of public figures, some of the

accusations you have just been

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talking about as well, of

intimidation... These sort of things

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that people in public life are

having to put up with, and football

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is only one area of it, are

appalling as well full the other

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observation I would make, that film

that I watched today, Jamie

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Carragher, doing this awful thing,

who filmed it? Could it have been

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the driver? You just wonder...! I

don't know who else it was!

The new

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line on this, the family have made a

plea that he should not lose his

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job.

Quite interesting, people who

are you could say the victims in a

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stunt like this, who have been

disrespected in this way, first out

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of the traps to call for someone's

resignation usually, or get an

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apology, so it is interesting...

Jamie Carragher has said that he was

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goaded three or four times by fans,

so perhaps they recognise that he

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had been slightly welled up before

spitting. --

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they are not the ones calling for

blood. -- slightly riled up.

Sir Ken

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Dodd, common legend, pictures on a

lot of newspapers, we cannot finish

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without mentioning him,

generational, perhaps not your

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favourite comic, no offence to

David's senior years, but you did

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know him, you came across him.

Worked with him a few times on

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Children In Need, I seem to remember

introducing him on a show ones as

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well, and most famously, from my

point of view, Liverpool had won the

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European cup, the Champions League

as it is now, they came back through

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the city of Liverpool, hundreds of

thousands of people in St George

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square, on a balcony in the musical

buildings, and we had to fill in

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time, because the Liverpool triumph

and bus was proceeding with the cup

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at about ten metres per 25 minutes

or something, around Queens drive,

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and somebody said, interview Ken

Dodd, he is here, interview him. And

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this interview, he said, just ask me

this, this and this. We did it and

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we kept talking for 20 minutes! P,

he himself, well-deserved, the

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ovation he got was fantastic.

He

could keep going for three or four

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hours!

We will have to do more

research and surround ourselves with

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Diddymen and so on. My thanks to the

both of you, that is it for the

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newspapers for tonight.

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