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Hello, this is BBC News
with Nicholas Owen.
We'll be taking a look at tomorrow
morning's papers in a moment.
First, the headlines.
23 British diplomats are to be
expelled by Moscow amid tensions
over the nerve agent
attack in Salisbury.
The British Consulate
in St Petersburg will also close.
The Prime Minister has said Russia
must account for its actions.
We will never tolerate a threat
to the life of British citizens
and others on British soil
from the Russian government.
Meanwhile, counterterrorism police
have started contacting Russian
exiles living in the UK
about their personal safety
following the suspected murder
of businessman Nikolai Glushkov.
Amber weather warnings
are in force this evening
in north-west England,
Yorkshire, the Midlands,
London and south-east England.
Drivers are being urged
to be prepared before
setting out on journeys.
US officials investigate claims that
a political consultancy mishandled
the data of millions of Facebook
users to support Donald Trump's run
for the White House.
And later in Meet The Author,
Rebecca Jones talks with the writer
Blake Morrison about his new book,
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the playwright
and New European columnist
Bonnie Greer and the economist Ruth
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Observer has an interview
with a whistle-blower who alleges
that information from millions
of Facebook users may have been used
by a data company during the 2016 US
Both companies deny any wrongdoing
The Mail On Sunday says Theresa May
is planning a crackdown
on what the paper calls
Putin's McMafia - associates
of the Russian President with money
in the UK.
The Sunday Times warns that
a Russian cyber attack could turn
the lights out in Britain.
It reports that the
National Grid is on alert.
The Sunday Express has more
on Theresa May putting pressure
on Moscow with a possible travel ban
for 1,000 Russian tycoons.
The Sunday Telegraph
leads on the same story
as well as a photograph of a smiling
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
at a St Patrick's Day parade
of the Irish Guards.
And the Sunday Mirror leads
on the sex abuse scandal in Telford,
quoting a police insider who says
it was too much trouble to crack
down on grooming gangs.
Let's good to those newspapers.
Bonnie, would you start us off? The
Sunday express headline, nee stands
up to Putin, several
Sunday express headline, nee stands
up to Putin, several examples.
made a pretty good speech in the
House of Commons the other day, it
was pretty strong and impressive for
a lot of people because she has been
caught up in Brexit. This was really
good. She has expelled 23 diplomats.
The Russians have expelled 23. She
is battling oligarchs and looking
into the travel and so forth. What
is interesting to me, I did not look
at the speech completely she gave to
the party, but hopefully she will
also look at the conference of the
Conservative Party. She has got a
lot of money thereto. I think that
is something she should be upfront
about. She needs to be upfront about
that because we need to deal with
all of this. There is a lot of
Russian money in this country.
one confusion in my mind about this
is bearing down on dirty Russian
money, but then you here we are also
very dependent on this money. Which
is it? Are we dealing with criminals
and can we do things to them?
it comes to dirty money, we're
talking about money-laundering. We
have criminal finances coming into
the country. One of her measures
issue will make it easy to see the
assets of Russians who
money-laundering. But on the other
hand, an oligarchs, we have been to
welcoming to them to come here and
buy up parts of Kensington. Part of
Kensington is known as red Square
because of so many Russians that
But we will not say, I
am sorry, you've got to get out.
suspect most are perfectly
legitimate and they are, of course
they will stay. But the whole idea
we have a very close economic
relationship with Russia needs
addressing because very little of
our trade is with Russia, less than
1% of our exports and less than 1%
of imports coming from Russia. I
suspect that where it gets
embarrassing is BP four example has
a high proportion of shares, so
there are economic connections. But
Russia is not a major trading
partner this country.
So we can
afford to be mean to them?
to be on the other hand... And she
should do this, be even more
specific about the fact this is not
that the Russian people because we
are in a very fragile time anyway
and we do not need to have another
group that will be yelled on the
streets. We should be careful about
that. She should be specific. These
are specific instances it is
money-laundering bus stop Londoners
a nice place to live, why not?
Sunday Times, the same sort of
story, blackout threat to Britain as
Putin hits back. What is that about?
Apparently, it is a part of GCHQ
suggesting that there could be
Russian cyber attacks on the
National Grid, for example, that
could put the lights out. In other
words, computer systems which are
very sophisticated, it could make
them dysfunctional. I do wonder if
this is scaremongering although,
having said that, I will hope the
lights do not go out. But I do
wonder if this is scaremongering. It
is fair enough. If the security
services do think there is a threat
from cyber attacks from Russia, the
right to say it, but it is all part
and parcel of the rhetoric that is
surrounding this whole Russian
British thing which is getting a tad
out of control.
Apparently, the will
of God some kind of heads up from
American intelligence because for
sure there is a threat and it is a
credible threat. If there is a
credible threat to this happening to
the American great. Maybe this is
something that is going back and
forth. I take your point about
Russia, but Russia is a bad actor
and everybody knows this. If this is
in fact true that this happened in
this country, we need to take this
Going back to energy,
about gas, there is a lot of talk
about, oh, well, we do not depend on
Russian gas, but it plays an
important part in energy supplies
across Europe, so when they and we
might find that difficult.
about 1% of our gas supplies
actually come from Russia were as
36% of German mystic gas consumption
comes from Russia. A lot of eastern
Europe is almost totally dependent
on Russia for gas. It is interesting
about this rhetoric and tit-for-tat
un argy-bargy with Russia, on the
whole, the rest of Europe is keeping
remarkably quiet. If you really
wanted a major sanction an Putin to
make it hurt, it would have to be a
concerted effort by Europe. And I do
not think they would do that.
gasp from. And it is also the
borders as well. I think it seems to
me, looking at Britain, taking
Britain to lead, seeing how Britain
will proceed through this, it is
They will not
come in with major sanctions.
too dangerous. But we are in a
situation in the world where Putin
has pushed the envelope once too
often, and I do not know what people
America is another... We could spend
three hours in America, so we won't
do that, but there is a long
complicated chain of madness going
on over there now in relation to
this and it is becoming part of the
I think it is a good
warning that let's not worry too
Bonnie, let's go on to a
by-product of what has been going
on. And the Corbyn MP 's plan new
party. A headline on the Sunday
The problem that happened
was, Jeremy Corbyn's statement after
the Prime Minister's statement which
a lot of people felt was ill judged,
not that it was wrong but ill
judged. Some people are very upset
about it, it is affecting poll
numbers as well. There is always
some kind of talk about something
happening in the Labour Party. I
would not think that would get too
I was very interested last week
because Theresa May gave two
speeches in the Commons on Monday
and Wednesday, and the response from
Corbyn was rather ill judged. He did
not judge the tone or the mood of
We don't want to get too much
into his position on this, but what
he is saying is, we must be sure of
what we're doing. Not many Labour
MPs have gone as far as putting
their names down on a piece of
It was the reaction by a
Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, for
example, and various others were
saying, this is not a time to have a
party political disagreements. As
far as I could see, it really opened
up the divisions in the Labour
Partly it was theatre. It was
the one moment for it. Then they
jumped into it, Yvette Cooper. This
is where it is now.
Let's go back
now to the Sunday... Go to the
Sunday Telegraph. Anger as Gibraltar
is left out of Brexit transition.
Gibraltar, we do not hear a lot
about what is going on there and
We don't. I did
actually look at the draft
transitional agreement and Gibraltar
was not mentioned. But there is
time. Do not panic! There is plenty
of time to actually come to a
relationship for Gibraltar. It is
also interesting that Spain is
saying, what about us? Actually, I
am not sure that Spanish position is
very sound one because we are
negotiating with the European Union.
But some deal will be done.
understand them being edgy about all
Now they have got this. And
the EU gave Spain the veto. Now,
that will have to be sorted out as
well and I am sure Gibraltar do not
see themselves in the whole mix.
That is horrible. It is all very
much of a mess.
But whether it will
actually use the veto is a different
But the habit on the table,
and whether the user or not we do
not know but they have it, and
Gibraltar knows they have got it,
and maybe that's why they are not in
I think it will be sorted out.
We would talk in a few months' time.
This is an important week, coming up
all of this. You thought things are
broadly on track?
They are broadly
on track. There will be a council
meeting at the end of this week, in
March, when it looks as though it is
highly possible that the council
will actually agree to the
transitional arrangements put in
place. They had been negotiated
already with Michel Barnier. And it
looks to me as though we are almost
there. A few concessions we do not
I will listen and see
what she's saying. The rest of the
war does not look good at all.
Apparently a bit it is because we
did not get a lot of information. If
this is supposed to be secret, I
have no idea, but meanwhile are
drifting out of the city and they
say it is not because Brexit but we
do not why. That is what they said.
I want to get one story in quickly,
the Sunday Times from page, it is
only short, but what is this
transgender e-mail about?
happening in universities is that
people are being asked, what you
want to be called, he, she? Young
people now want to determine who
they are and what they are in the
world. Universities are saying, at
the end of your e-mail, put your
name down and say how you would like
to be addressed, and that is what it
is about. That is what students want
and what they deserve.
If people feel strongly
about this, I have no problems about
accommodating that strength of
feeling. In other words, I am not
It is what students want
and how students see themselves, and
that is most important of all.
well, I am grateful to you both as
ever. That is it for this hour.
Bonnie and Ruth will be back 11:30pm
for another look at tomorrow