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On the programme tonight....
A Labour MP apologises after calling
a black Tory Politician
a 'token ghetto boy'.
A Labour MP apologises after calling
a black Tory Politician
a 'token ghetto boy'.
She doesn't want to make an apology.
And that in and of
itself says something.
She doesn't need to apologise
to me, she needs to
apologise to the British public.
There are calls for
Emma Dent Coad to face
Kate Middleton's Uncle
admits punching his wife
to the ground outside
their London home.
We're trackside in the £15
billion Crossrail tunnel -
ahead of some services
beginning next year.
Plus, a special service is held at
St. Paul's Cathedral to remember
Michael Bond, the creator of
And arise Sir Mo -
the four time Olympic champion
receives his knighthood
from the Queen.
Good evening from BBC London News.
Welcome to the programme.
First tonight: She was
the Labour MP who got
herself into hot water for mocking
Prince Harry's military service.
Now, Emma Dent Coad,
the MP for Kensington -
is embroiled in a race row and faces
calls for her to be disciplined.
It centres around an article
she wrote referring to a black
Conservative Politician as a "token
Shaun Bailey - who's now
a London Assembly member -
has accused her of racism
and wants her Party to take action.
Our Political Editor,
Tim Donovan has the story.
It's now a very public
row between a Labour MP
and a Conservative assembly member
over what she said
about him seven years ago.
These people are on the list
because it's so cheap...
At the time Shaun Bailey
was on the campaign trail,
filmed by us, in fact,
as he fought for the parliamentary
seat of Hammersmith.
He had been one of David Cameron's
great hopes for winning in London.
This was Emma Dent Coad
this June after winning
the seat of Kensington.
In the article she wrote back
in 2010 she accused Bailey
of allowing himself to be exploited
to bolster the Tories' image.
I notice you are not apologising,
do you want to apologise?
What, for quoting what
somebody else had said?
Today, under fire, she claimed
she had just been repeating
words used by others.
And it wasn't racist.
If he feels offended by it, of
course I apologise, of course I do.
If somebody actually read the blog
they would see I was quoting other
people's sources of what people
were saying at the time.
But he was unimpressed by what he
viewed as a half-hearted apology.
Well, she didn't really apologise.
All she did was reiterate the point
and try to blame other
people, fictitious people.
Am I offended?
Of course I am.
But it isn't about me.
It's about young black children up
and down the country.
Many ethnic communities struggle
to feel part of Britain,
to be involved, and attacks
like this at the core
of people's beliefs,
and in the political arena,
prevent people from being involved.
The Conservatives don't appear
at this stage to be wanting to let
this lie and they've written
to the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
urging him to discipline
Emma Dent Coad as soon as possible.
I'm not going to withdraw
the whip from Emma.
I'll obviously ensure people discuss
the use of language with people.
But I will make sure that everyone
treat others with respect.
But I will make sure that everyone
treats others with respect.
Her view, it was legitimate
His, it crossed the line.
Tim Donovan, BBC London News.
Lots more to come including...
The new video advising
schoolchildren what to do
in the event of a terror attack.
We ask teenagers
what they make of it.
The Duchess of Cambridge's uncle has
admitted assaulting his wife
and knocking her to the ground
after a drunken argument.
It happened outside their
central London home.
Today Gary Goldsmith appeared
at Westminster Magistrates Court.
Louisa Preston is there
now with more details
Gary Goldsmith and his wife had been
out at a charity event when he
attacked her outside their home in
central London. The court heard
today they were arguing in the back
of a taxi. They then both got out of
that taxi and that's when the attack
happened. Gary Goldsmith went and
punched his wife in the face. The
taxi driver said that she actually
fell backwards. He believed she had
been knocked unconscious because she
was lying on the floor for quite a
while. She then opened her eyes,
staggered on her feet, and was seen
crying. When the taxi driver
confronted Mr Goldsmith the actual
became quite aggressive and at that
point his wife told the taxi driver
to call the police. At the police
station Gary Goldsmith said that he
just pushed his wife and did not
punch her in the face with his left
This will come as a potential
embarrassment for the Royals.
It certainly will. It's being led to
believe that he has been banned from
returning home and there could be
some restriction, or a restraining
order, so he is banned from seeing
or confronted his wife. He's had a
coloured lifestyle in the past.
That's been well reported. He was
invited to Prince William and
Catherine's wedding. He is the
younger brother of the Duchess of
Cambridge's mother Carole Middleton.
He was also invited to Pippa
Middleton's wedding earlier this
year. The Chief magistrate today
said she was looking at a community
order as a punishment but was really
looking at protecting Mrs Goldsmith
from her husband. He is due to be
sentenced next week.
Next: the potentially life-saving
advice in a new video
for schoolchildren that police
are encouraging headteachers
to show pupils.
The animated film illustrates
what to do in the event
of a terror attack -
urges young people not to "waste
time" taking pictures,
but to run away from danger.
Chris Rogers reports.
Are you OK?
Yeah, I'm fine, where
did you guys go when you ran?
had, we must have got separated.
film begins with three teenagers
catching up after escaping a terror
attack by gunmen.
I was trying to
make you laugh, but then there were
those three pops.
It was like
As they talk through
their experience, they realise they
did everything right to survive.
The message is the same for
schoolchildren as it is for adults,
Ron, hide, tell. Another key
message, don't stop to film scenes
on your mobile. -- run, hide, tell.
But is it a message that will
unnerve the 16-year-old or reassure
It made me feel as though you
would know what to do in that
situation. That's clearer. And if
you do panic you can think clearly
about the points that were raised.
And you would be able to be safe.
Stay quiet. Not a sound. Turn
everyone's phones on silent.
it was really helpful. Good advice
to know what can happen. And how we
You've only been in
London for two years, you are from
Is it scary for you,
being in a city that has been
targeted a lot by terrorists?
because usually in my country this
Has it changed how
you would have reacted?
Yes. I would
have gone on snap chat and posted
Rather than run?
Question is, could the money be
better spent on other dangers for
children? Terrorism is by no means
the biggest killer, it's the road,
nearly 5000 under 16 's are killed
every year on that buy a car.
are always difficult choices about
where to spend money. For me it's
important we spend it in this area.
It's unlikely a young person would
be involved in a terror attack but
actually, for me, young people are
telling us through the survey we've
completed with them, they are
telling us that they want to have a
discussion around terrorism.
attacks this year in London and
Manchester took some of the youngest
victims of terror this country has
ever seen. The police hope this
video won't just save lives, but
also encourage young people to face
up to the threat of terror, no
matter how rare an attack is. Chris
Rogers, BBC London News.
A coach driver has been
arrested after two
paramedics were attacked
in Camberwell this morning.
London Ambulance service confirmed
that the crew were pushed
and threatened whilst treating
a seriously ill patient.
They were said to be shaken
but not seriously hurt.
A second store on Regent street has
been targeted by moped
thieves who stole luxury
goods and clothes.
The break-in comes just 24 hours
after 10 suspects on five
scooters smashed their way
into Apple's Regent Street
store across the road.
A group representing businesses
in the area says more must be done
to crack down on this type of crime.
We're really concerned on the sharp
rise, obviously safety
of our customers and our store staff
is really important.
We want the police to have more
resources, use some of that
£480 million we pay a year in rates,
dedicated here and really get
to grips with this crime.
We're also putting extra staff
in the area to help mitigate this
over the coming months.
Headteachers from London,
Essex and Surrey have
joined with colleagues
from across the country to protest
against what they say
is "inadequate" school funding.
In a letter delivered
to Downing Street today they warns
that schools increasingly having
to make "desperate requests to
parents for 'voluntary' donations".
Here's our Education
Reporter Marc Ashdown.
From the school gates
to the gates of Downing Street,
headteachers on behalf of 5000
schools across the country
today handing in an open
letter to the Chancellor.
They say they are struggling
to negotiate a real terms Budget cut
of £1.7 billion in the five years
leading up to 2020.
Here in Guildford they've already
made drastic savings.
Every single aspect of the school's
but it has been cut...
-- Every single aspect of
the school's budget has been cut...
That's squeezed teaching
numbers and resources.
Schools are working to the bare
bones as it is, and obviously we've
had a lot of unforeseen challenges.
The 1% pay increase
for teachers which, of course,
was completely justified,
but that's all on budgeted costs.
-- was completely justified,
but that's all unbudgeted costs.
Inflation, increasing at a rapid
rate, and obviously year on year
the school's costs are going up,
so you get to a certain point
when you think there's just not
enough money in the budget to pay
for everything and obviously
that applies to all
schools in the country.
We've got the picture,
and we've got the caption,
what are we then going into...
The government's introducing
a new funding formula back, it says,
backed by £1.3 billion
of additional investment,
aimed at ending what it calls
But headteachers say it is simply
shifting money around,
and increasingly parents
are being asked to step in with
donations to keep schools afloat.
It's a really good school,
but I think one of the things I've
noticed is the school is starting
to ask for more and more
things from parents.
So, for example, we are
asked for donations
of tissues in winter months.
Also to provide the kids with glue
sticks, pens, pencils,
all of the writing equipment
they need for their class.
You could say that that
sort of stuff really
they should budget for that,
but are you as parents
convinced that this
is because there's not enough money?
Oh, absolutely, absolutely.
The school does a fantastic job.
So it is of real concern.
And I think I wonder
where it will lead,
what will it mean in the future?
Will we need to be
providing exercise books?
All this is timed to get
the chancellor's attention ahead
of next week's Budget,
but with a clamour for cash
on all sides will Philip Hammond be
convinced to dig deep for schools?
Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.
He says meeting the Queen
and getting his knighthood
is right up there with getting his
Sir Mo Farah described today
"as a dream come true."
Britain's most decorated
track athlete has just
moved back to the capital
to focus on road-running.
Here's our sports
reporter, Sara Orchard.
The double double.
Four Olympic titles.
He's Great Britain's most
successful track athlete.
With four Olympic Golds and six
World Championship medals,
today was the time to add yet
another title, with the Queen
on hand to confer his knighthood.
Sir Mohamed Farah for
services to athletics.
It's in recognition for a career
that has scaled the heights.
Sir Mohamed Farah is the only
athlete in modern Olympic history
to win both the 5000 and 10000
metres at successive Olympic Games.
It's definitely way up there,
close to my Olympic medals for sure.
You know, to come here,
to Britain, age of eight,
not speaking a word of English,
to achieve what I have achieved over
the years and to be knighted,
there's no words really to describe.
Mohamed Farah arrived in this
country as a boy with nothing.
Mo's story remains
an inspiration to many.
When he arrived from Somalia,
having been split from his twin
brother, he attended
Feltham Community College where Mo's
athletics talent was spotted.
It's been an incredible
journey and I've enjoyed
every part of it but,
at the same time, you know,
anything is possible in life.
If you work hard at it.
I remember going to school
with my wife when we were younger,
we never dreamed of coming
to Buckingham Palace.
Back in 1999, aged just 16,
he won the Mini London Marathon
and having now retired from track
running, he's back living in London
to focus on road racing.
He could even compete
for Great Britain in the marathon
at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Sara Orchard, BBC London News.
Still to come this
The Christmas lights are switched on
at Covent Garden by a really, really
famous person who everybody knows.
Fairly quiet on the weather front at
the moment. The only thing to watch
out for is a bit of folk out of town
-- a bit of fog.
Before that though, turning
to what is the largest transport
project in western Europe.
Crossrail costs nearly £15 billion
and will carry an estimated
200 million passengers a year.
The east/west rail service
will connect Shenfield in Essex
all the way to Reading in Berkshire.
A key part of the link will be
the new tunnel in central london
coming into Tottenham Court Road,
which our transport correspondent
Tom Edwards got special access
to ahead of some services
beginning next year.
Right, we're at Bond Street Station
and we're just about to go into
the running tunnels.
This is a rare look at what will one
day be an everyday commute.
Then you'll see how all the railway
systems fit in fit and the works
that we're undertaking
at the moment.
Our guide is Greg Purcell.
When Bond Street is finished,
137,000 passengers a day will use
this station and these platforms.
This is where the passengers
will be, eventually.
Yes, that's the platform screen
doors all the way down and they go
the full length of the tunnel.
Each platform is over
250 metres long.
You've got the platform screen door
and behind that is the track.
And so you'll stand here,
get on the train and off.
Yes, the doors will open,
train turns up...
Off you go on your merry way.
It'll take one minute to travel
by train to the next station.
For us, it takes a little
longer as we're passed
between different contractors.
Above us, Oxford Street.
Yes, Oxford Street above us,
the Central Line above us,
which you can just hear.
The tunnels are finished, but there
are still 1,400 workers on site.
Soon the power lines will go in.
The Metro section means you've got
quite a lot of stations that
are quite close together.
So between Bond Street
and Tottenham Court Road
is between 800 and 1,000 metres.
Before we're allowed
onto the tracks, there are checks
to make sure engineering
trained aren't running.
We've got about 500 metres
to go before we get
into Tottenham Court Road,
so it's a matter of seconds.
These are the platforms
at Tottenham Court Road.
What's striking here is just how
long these platforms
are and when it's finished,
24 trains an hour will
come through here.
The walk took about an hour,
it'll take one minutes by train.
Services are due to start running
through central London
at the end of next year.
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
I'm pleased to say he did make it
A memorial service has been held
at St Paul's Cathedral for the man
who created Paddington Bear.
Michael Bond, who wrote more
than 200 books, died in June.
Hundreds of guests attended
the service, including the stars
of the Paddington films.
David Sillito was there.
Dear friends, we are gathered
here in this Cathedral Church
to give thanks to God for the life
and work of Michael Bond.
So let us give thanks
for a bear called Paddington,
who fitted our world
perfectly because he was different.
Generations have grown up
with Michael Bond's characters,
and today some of his most devoted
readers were here for
this memorial service.
And amongst the readings,
one, of course, from...
Good afternoon, he said,
can I help you?
A Bear Called Paddington,
read by his granddaughter, Robin.
Paddington removed his hat,
and laid it carefully on the table.
Michael himself was a gentle, kind,
polite friendly man.
Not loud, not boisterous,
not showbiz, not like most of us.
He was the really decent soul,
a lovable man, in the way that
Paddington is a lovable,
polite bear who always
raises his hat.
It is more than a memorial,
it is also a celebration of values.
The values of a friendly, polite,
young bear from darkest Peru,
tolerance, decency and a willingness
to welcome strangers.
Would you excuse us a moment?
a reading of tributes by another
admirer of the little
bear, Hugh Bonneville.
I loved Paddington Bear
as much today as I did
as a child back in the 70s.
We can all identify with him.
We've all been a stranger
in a strange place trying to fit in,
whether that's in a new school,
or a new town, or a new country.
But over and above that, you know,
his spirit of adventure,
his optimism, resetting the dial
to positive when things go wrong,
and they always do, I think those
are great characteristics for us
to latch onto.
A memorial and a celebration, then,
of both the writer and a polite
and thoroughly decent little bear
from darkest Peru.
David Sillito, BBC London News.
Look at him.
Well, not one to be upstaged
by another bear, Pudsey's getting
in the mood for Children in Need
night, which is this Friday.
But ahead of that, he's been helping
none other than pop princess
Kylie Minogue switch on some
Let's find out more
from Wendy Hurrell, who's
in a festive Covent Garden.
Yes, there is dancing too here from
the bear with the cast of 40nd
Street. They paraded down here
earlier from Drury Lane. The lights
are on. They were switched on by
Merry Christmas everyone!
that I managed to catch up with
Kylie for a quick chat. Thank you so
much for bringing the sparkle to
London always have sparkle.
It's Christmas time. I'm excited. It
means I can officially put the extra
sparkler. I won't put the tree up
yet. A few d decorations.
on stage with your old friend,
Yeah. You know, we associate
Christmas with Children in Need.
It's a great cause. Always there to
What are your Christmas
Um... Panic is probably
one of them. Traditions, I mean be I
haven't been to Australia for
Christmas in a long time, but our
tradition there is, I mean, I love
it the English don't - they can't
grasp the concept, bikinis, board
shorts, barbecue. I associate or
have done for most of my life
associated Christmas with
summertime. I'm equipped for this
light drizzle and the chill.
London weather. Can you give a
Christmas message to your fans. Can
you do it down the camera if you
like? Can I? Hi everyone it's Kylie
I'm in London's glittering Covent
Garden it's been a privilege to
switch on the lights here with
Pudsey and Charlotte. I send you
lots and lots of love for Christmas.
Merry Christmas. She has more
sparkle than all the Christmas
lights in London.
Let us hear about one of the
charities that will benefit from the
Elliot surprised us.
He came out a month early. We
weren't at all ready for that. Then
it just kind of snowballed. It
wasover whelming. Every day was a
new diagnosis. Every day was
something else that they were saying
he would never do. I'm Sharon, I'm
Elliot's mum. Give you more choices.
I wasn't coping at all. There is so
much more you have to take into
account. Have you to be a
psychotherapist and a speech
therapist as well as being a mum and
doing mum things. And you lose you.
My health visitor told me about Home
Start when Elliot was four or five
months old. I didn't like to think
of myself as that kind of person and
admitting you are failing at
Hello my darling. How
are you? I've been volunteering
since 2009. I first met them about
nine months ago. At the time Elliot
had had an operation on his fingers.
Generally people were here trying to
make him reach different mile stones
and so I came in and I thought I
wouldn't come in with - I want to
see Elliot do this and I want to see
Elliot do that. What I think I do is
just have fun with him. You know,
just be playful with him.
adores Coral, absolutely. They've
got a weird bond. It's very sweet.
Are you hungry? I can't explain what
he makes me feel, how I feel about
the little boy. He's just grown.
Yeah I love him.
So that's just one
example of the way your money will
be spent to help children right
across the capital. Of course the
big night is on Friday.
Remember, tune in for the big night,
which starts at 7.30pm
on Friday evening.
BBC London will be live
at a magical location,
which will be familiar if you've
watched any of the
Harry Potter films.
Hope you can join us
at the Warner Brothers Studio
tour in Hertfordshire.
Pudsey will be there,
I'll be there too and we'll
be joined by special
guests and fundraisers.
It should be a great night.
Time for the weather
with Tomasz Schafernaker,
which seemed milder.
People definitely more
friendly on the Tube today.
I think it's the weather:
I think it's the weather: they are
angry to you when it's cold!
It will get colder over
the next few days. Watch out for
that anger coming back. As far as
the weather for tonight and tomorrow
is concerned, it will be misty,
murky and drizzly. A colourful
weather headline there for you. We
got up to double figures today.
Yesterday we had six, seven degrees.
Today we got up to around 11, I
think it was 11 point something. Not
that you would notice. We have a lot
of cloud out there. Here's the mist
and drizzle and murk heading our
way. The wind are very light. If the
clouds break, and they will in one
or two areas, we will see some mist
and fog patches forming. For early
morning commuters take it steady if
you are travelling outside of town
or further north to other parts of
the country. It could be thick in
places. Through the day tomorrow it
will be a layer of grey that will
break to allow for some glimmers of
brightness. Look at that, those
temperatures rising up to around 12
degrees. Maybe a degree on up on
today. Again, not that you
necessarily will notice. Towards the
end of the week what we will find is
a weather front moves across the
country that stirs the winds up. The
wind will break the clouds up a
little bit. Thursday in the morning
the winds are still light, misty and
murky and drizzle in places. We will
see clouds breaking through.
Thursday is looking pretty decent
with some sunshine around and
temperatures getting up to around 13
degrees or so. Then this sort of
process of clearing up the skies and
improving weather continues into
Friday. I think Friday for many of
us will be pretty decent with
sunshine on the way. This fine
weather continues into Saturday and
I suspect Sunday is looking good as
well. The outlook is not bad at all.
Lots of happy people around.
you are lovely to everybody on the
Tube. Thank you so much.
you are lovely to everybody on the
Tube. Thank you so much.
Recapping the day's headlines.
A man's been found guilty
of supplying guns and ammunition
linked to more than 100 crime
scenes, including three murders.
Police described the conviction
a "major victory" against gun crime.
At least 460 people are now known
to have died in Sunday's earthquake
on the border between Iran and Iraq.
Officials have called off
the rescue operation,
saying it's unlikely more survivors
will be found.
MPs have started debating
the key legislation that
will pave the way for Brexit.
Labour want an amendment
scrapped that sets the date
we leave the EU into law.
More news at 10.00pm, of course.
But you can always keep
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From all of us on the team,
thanks for watching
and have a lovely evening.