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whether it will mean more snow.

Can't wait! Louise, thank you.

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Coming up on BBC London News:

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As the official report

into the Croydon tram crash

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is published, a survivor tells

us her life will never be the same.

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I'm suffering.

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I'm alive and I thank God

for that, but I'm suffering

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and struggling as well.

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Constant pain all the time.

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My life has changed completely.

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She says things must change.

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We'll get reaction

from transport bosses.

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Also tonight:

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I'm in the City, where

the Government have been given

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a stark warning over the slow pace

of Brexit talks and the

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impact on the capital.

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Plus - while on a trade visit

to Pakistan, the Mayor says he has

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no interest in becoming Britain's

first Muslim Prime Minister.

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The ball comes free from the edge

of the box, and I get a chance

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to shoot in the top right-hand

corner and score a glory goal?

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I wouldn't do that, because I've

already got a great job.

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I'm playing a different game -

I'm busy playing cricket when you're

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offering me a job playing football.

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And carrying on the tradition

from 1947 - seven decades

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on London's most famous

Christmas Tree is lit up

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in Trafalgar Square.

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A very warm welcome

to the programme.

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It was a day that changed

lives in South London,

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when a tram travelling at speed

derailed, killing seven people

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and injuring dozens more.

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Today the findings

of an official report

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into the Croydon crash

were published, which

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found that the driver

had probably dozed off

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moments before it happened.

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The speed warning signs for drivers

weren't appropriately positioned.

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And there was a "culture of fear"

among staff which meant

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incidents weren't being reported.

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Today one of the survivors who broke

her neck after being thrown

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from the carriage said,

"things must change"

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as lives have been ruined.

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She's been speaking to our transport

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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All I could feel, my head

was pounding, my neck was hurting,

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I couldn't breathe.

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I was just...

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All I could think of

was pain, pain, pain.

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Christine fractured her

neck and broke ribs

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in the Croydon tram rush.

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She was thrown through

one of the windows.

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I was sitting through the window,

because the window had

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completely broken out.

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And I was sitting, I could see

the tram tracks and the stones.

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She was rescued from this wreckage

and spent over three weeks in

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hospital.

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She's lost her job,

and her old life is gone.

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I'm in constant pain all the time.

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I can't sleep, I don't even

know what eight hours'

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sleep is like any more.

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I'm suffering.

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I'm alive and I thank God

for that, but I'm suffering

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and struggling as well.

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Constant pain all the time.

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My life has changed completely.

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Today's report found a broken

reporting system at the tram

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operator run by First Group.

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Nine drivers told investigators

they were going so fast they used

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the emergency brake,

on the same sharp corner

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where the tram later derailed,

but they didn't feel

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they could report it.

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The

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And just days before the crash

a tram nearly toppled over taking

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the same corner too fast,

and a passenger complaint

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from Chantelle Singh

wasn't acted on properly.

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I was thinking, this is it,

that's the end of my life,

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because when I looked up and looked

through the window, there

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was another tram waiting there -

I think it was a Beckenham Junction

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tram, just at the junction -

and I was just thinking

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that I was going to die.

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Just thinking I was going to die.

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I believe that, and any other driver

could potentially have been put

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in the same position,

and therefore I think that the tram

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operator needs to come out

and explain why that previous event

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was not properly investigated,

and what steps they will take

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to make sure that any near-misses

such as this are properly reported

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and properly investigated.

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Christine isn't sure who to blame,

but she wants the authorities

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to make changes so the same thing

doesn't happen again.

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They do need to really really

get their staff to be able to talk

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to them if there is a problem,

because negligence causes lives

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to be ruined, you know.

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You can't just have your staff

and your staff can't come

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to you if there is a problem,

because we are putting our

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lives in their hands.

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that was Christine Jess speaking

there.

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Transport for London has

offered its condolences

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to the all families affected.

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Earlier they told our political

editor Tim Donovan that

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all 15 of the recommendations made

were already being acted upon.

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Immediately, we lowered the speed

limit on the tram system totally.

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Where the speed goes from a higher

speed to a lower speed

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with quite a difference,

we staged those down,

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so down from 70 to 60,

to 40 to 20 kilometres per hour.

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We have changed the signage

on the sharp corners in order

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to make sure that the drivers

are fully aware of the approaching

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corner, and we have fitted a device

in the cab of the tram,

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a driver protection device,

which is designed to

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guard against fatigue.

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It is widely used in the trucking

industry, and also in coaches,

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especially overseas,

and this detects whether the driver

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perhaps is suffering

from a distraction, maybe a fatigue,

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sets off an alarm and also shakes

the seat to make sure the driver's

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always vigilant at all times.

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But it took this tragedy

for you to do this,

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when it shouldn't have

done, should it?

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Because there were other

incidents that were reported.

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There was one other incident

just a few days before

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which wasn't reported -

alarming.

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The system has had a very good

safety record, but sadly

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on the 31st of October,

just a few days before

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this tragic incident,

a member of the public did send

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in a report that a tram, she felt,

had been travelling too fast.

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This report went straight to the

operator, Tram Operations Limited,

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and was in the process

of being investigated.

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And only a few days

later, of course, we had

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the terrible tragedy.

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Now, this report took far too

long to investigate.

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One of the things that we have done

now is to make sure that those

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reports come through us at Transport

for London so we have

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visibility of them straightaway,

because we want to make sure

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that these investigations,

when there are reports like this,

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are acted on immediately.

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Do you accept that if it had

been acted on faster,

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that actually these lives

could have been saved?

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The report does say that that

particular incident was not a causal

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factor of this incident,

but it has to be the case that

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anybody who has any concerns

about anything to do with safety

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on our transport system in London

feels able to report it

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and we should act on it as soon

as possible in order to prevent any

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sort of safety incident.

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And do you accept that that has not

happened and you should be really

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concerned about that?

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Because people have talked

about a culture of fear,

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an inability to report,

or a worry about reporting

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to this operator?

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What do you say about that?

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Well, nobody should have any fear.

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Members of staff...

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But they did have.

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Well, yhey shouldn't have,

because they have a number

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of ways of reporting.

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Of course, the right thing to do

was to report it to their manager.

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If they feel unable to do so,

people are able to report

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it to the trade union.

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There is a confidential

whistle-blowing service

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provided by the operator.

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People can report any safety

concerns, and so we say

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to all of the staff,

if there's anything that concerns

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you about safety on the network,

you can report it without fear.

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You can report it confidentially

if you wish to, and it's my job

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to make sure that those reports

are acted on immediately

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and we satisfy ourselves that

safety is paramount.

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Reaction from Transport for London

on those findings.

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And our transport correspondent

Tom Edwards joins me now.

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You've been following every step of

this since it happened in November.

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Tom, what's your take on

what we heard today?

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I think the report is damning

particularly when it comes to the

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report and complaint procedures that

were completely broken and didn't

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work, and as we heard last night the

families of those who died are

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furious about that. They think there

were systemic failures and

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opportunities were missed, in fact

the system was so flawed it has now

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been taking back in-house by

Transport for London.

Are there

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wider implications?

I think it is bound to raise

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questions again about private

operators, and how they operate

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within the transport system, and

whether it has become too

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fragmented. Also there may be

questions around safety, if the

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systems didn't work on the tram,

what about other areas where private

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operators are running services, like

the buses, the overground and the

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DLR? I spoke to one bus safety

campaigner just a little earlier and

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he said to me there needed to be a

systemic overhaul of the management

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and operational safety practices of

TFL. It said tonight that the system

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is inherently safe.

For now, thank

you very much, transport

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correspondent, Tom Edwards. Stay

with us.

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Still to come this Thursday evening:

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Marking their homecoming 25 years

on - how community spirit saw

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Charlton return to the Valley.

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Plus...

By each year since 1947 and

early Christmas present has arrived

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in London in the form of a Norwegian

tree for Trafalgar Square.

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Businesses in the City could move

jobs abroad by Easter

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If the Government fails to move

Brexit talks on next week.

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That's the warning

from the Confederation

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of British Industry as pressure

mounts on Theresa May

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to reach a deal by Sunday.

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Our Brexit reporter

Katharine Carpenter

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is in the City for us tonight.

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How serious is this?

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Well, we all know that feeling, when

you are approaching deadline and

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you're not sure if you are going to

make it. That must be how Theresa

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May has been feeling a bit this

week, and it is also causing anxiety

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for some of the people in those

buildings behind me in the City.

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They are desperate to move on to

start talking about the three Ts,

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trade, transition and talent, and

receive that does not happen soon

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they will have to activate their

plans to move jobs elsewhere. I ask

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head of policy earlier if that was

just tough talk

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or if she was really concerned.

I

think it is very serious.

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People are making their contingency

plans and they will have to start

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incrementing Dems and so they know

they can serve their customers on

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the first day if we don't have a

deal.

-- start implementing their

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plans.

The CBI says they might have

to start incrementing them by

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Easter. Is that realistic to?

Very

realistic, because people will need

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to start doing so over the next

quarter -- is that realistic to you?

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Is this the most worried

you're been

since the referendum?

I have been

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consistently worried. We don't seem

to be making progress at the right

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rate.

You have spoken of real

reputational damage to London being

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done now? Is that a new thing do you

think?

Town centre more and more we

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are having to prove our case. We are

still the leading global financial

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centre and there are all sorts of

reasons why people want to come and

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do business here and that will

continue but I am having to argue

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much more forcefully by that remains

the case.

We have had lots of

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conversations with the Government

about Brexit. Where you -- were you

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surprised to find that they had not

done any assessments about the

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financial industries, for example?

That it seems uprising. We have done

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a lot of work ourselves across the

sector and have come to some

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assessments about what the impact is

likely to be.

Where you led to

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believe they had been assessments?

I

understood impact assessment had

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been done, so it is surprising to

hear they have not been, but as I

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say we have done a lot of research

and Said the UK for example have

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commissioned work, which showed the

likely job losses -- City UK. If we

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left with an ordeal.

Well, earlier

there was a robust defence of the

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Government handling of these

negotiations by Baroness Goldie in

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the House of Lords. She said Theresa

May has been approaching these

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negotiations with determination and

rigour, but there could be some good

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news coming for Theresa May. We have

heard in the last hour or so that

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Donald Tusk, the president of the

European Council, is due to make a

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statement on this first thing in the

morning. Could this be the

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breakthrough that some in the City

have been waiting for?

We will wait

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and see. Laleh, thank you very much.

-- Katharine, thank you very much.

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It's emerged that a father found

strangled in his flat in south

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London alongside his daughter

was a convicted sex offender.

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Noel Brown and his daughter Marie

were found in the early hours

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of Monday at the flat in Deptford.

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Both had been strangled.

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Police think it's likely

she disturbed the attackers.

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Detectives say they're

keeping an open mind

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about a motive for the murders,

but don't believe the attack

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was a result of a robbery

or the time he spent betting.

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Noel was a well liked

member of his community.

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He used to go to Paddy Power,

probably about 11

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o'clock every day.

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We know he didn't go

there on the Friday.

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He used to bet small money,

and win, probably even

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smaller money.

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There is no suggestion

that this is over a big

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betting win, absolutely whatsoever.

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Following the conviction of a former

abbot for abusing boys in the 70s

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at a Catholic school

concerns have been raised

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about whether enough

is being done to protect pupils.

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But Lord Carlile, the man who led

a review into safeguarding

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at St Benedict's School in Ealing

says there's been a complete

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overhaul and the school is "as safe

as any in the country."

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Here's our education

reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Lord Carlile's independent

view of Saint Benedict's

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in 2011 was damning.

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After a string of complaints

of sexual abuse stretching back

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decades, he said the school should

be doing more to keep pupils safe.

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Andrew Soper's conviction

for assaulting and raping ten boys

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has again cast a spotlight.

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It a great pity that Soper didn't

have the courage to plead guilty.

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He would have saved a lot of agony

for the survivors of his abuse,

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and frankly, he would have saved

a lot of agony for the survivors

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in Ealing Abbey and Saint Benedict's

School, who are conscious every day

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of the wrong he did to young

people when they were

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vulnerable and in his charge.

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But Lord Carlile now represents,

speaks for, the very school

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he once investigated.

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The headteacher maybe should be

answering this, not their lawyer.

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I'm as independent as ever I was,

and indeed, I'm only commenting

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because the school asked me

here to comment and give

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an assessment, which probably I'm

better qualified to give

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than anybody else about how

the school has progressed

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since those dark, dark days.

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And so at Soper's trial,

various witnesses claimed teachers

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and priests had been operating

a paedophile ring for six decades,

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and just last year, the deputy head,

Peter Allott, was jailed for 33

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months for possessing,

showing and making category-A

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indecent images of children,

the very worst kind.

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One of Soper's victims believes

the school is still in denial.

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The Allott case proves

that still a problem,

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that this monastic order

and its educational establishments

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are still attracting

this kind of offender.

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What is needed is a complete change

in the culture to make non-reporting

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completely unthinkable,

and I think we are a long

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way from that yet.

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The school, or...?

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The school, the Abbey

and the Benedictine group

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of monasteries in general.

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It's always disappointing

when another teacher is found

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to have child issues,

but in the case you're referring to,

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there was nothing the school

could have done that it

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failed to do.

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Unfortunately, one

just had a bad apple.

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There's a lot of bad apples though,

is that good enough?

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That bad apple fell

from the tree, fortunately.

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Is it good enough, though?

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I think the governance and scrutiny

of this school is as good

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as any you will find now.

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When he is sentenced next week,

Andrew Soper can expect to spend

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the rest of his life in jail.

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Abuse at Saint Benedict's is now

being investigated as part

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of a wide-ranging independent

enquiry into child sexual abuse.

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It is a dark chapter in the school's

history which might not

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yet be entirely closed.

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Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.

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The Mayor of London says he has no

interest in becoming the next leader

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of the Labour party or Britain's

first Muslim Prime Minister.

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Sadiq Khan was speaking ahead

of a meeting with Pakistan's

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Prime Minister in Islamabad.

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From there, our Political

Correspondent Karl Mercer

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sent this report.

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It's the sort of reception leaders

of countries usually get.

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The highest of security,

the best of welcomes.

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Pakistan's leading politicians

opened their doors to the Mayor,

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if not entirely to the

chasing British press.

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Today, for Sadiq Khan, a meeting

with Pakistan's Prime Minister.

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It's an honour many visiting British

ministers haven't even been given.

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I'm very proud that

you are the Mayor.

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They call these grip and grins,

it's what politicians do a lot of.

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This, the commerce minister...

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This man, Pakistan's

Foreign Secretary.

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Could you help us understand how

it is that the mayor of a humble

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city in the United Kingdom gets

to meet such high-ranking officials

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in Pakistan such as yourself,

and later the Prime Minister?

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It's an honour for me that

Mr Sadiq Khan has been

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the Mayor of London,

it's a matter of pride for us,

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a great honour for us.

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And we are proud of the values

and traditions of British people

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that a person from the subcontinent

of Pakistani regions

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could rise to that level.

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When Boris Johnson travelled

the world when he was mayor,

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people criticised him.

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They said he was putting his

own political ambitions

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ahead of those of London.

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So what about this man?

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Here in the ambassador's garden,

meeting and greeting

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dignitaries from overseas.

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Are you saying you don't have

those grander ambitions?

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Let me be quite clear.

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I love being the mayor, I think I've

got the best job in the world.

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I've no intention of being whatever

Boris Johnson wanted to be.

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You don't even want to be

the leader of your party?

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I do not want to be leader

of the Labour Party.

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Ever?

Ever.

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You don't want to be Prime Minister?

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I do not want to be Prime Minister.

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Ever?

I think I've got a great job.

Ever.

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I've got a great job

as the Mayor of London.

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I get to help the city that

I was born and raised in, and love,

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but also I get to meet people whose

lives have been improved by some

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of our policies from City Hall.

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I love being the mayor of my city,

I have no intention of running

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for the leader of the Labour Party,

no intention of seeking

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to be the Prime Minister.

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Absolutely ruling it out?

I'm ruling

it out.

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Even if the ball comes free

from the back of the scrum?

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If the ball comes free from the edge

of the box, and I get a chance

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to shoot in the top right-hand

corner and score a glory goal,

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I wouldn't do that, because I've

already got a great job.

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I'm playing a different game -

I'm busy playing cricket when you're

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offering me a job playing football.

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For now then, he says the job

he's actually sticking

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to is that of being mayor.

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Charlton Athletic are celebrating

a special anniversary this week.

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It's 25 years since a fierce

community spirit and the hard work

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of fans saw them return

to The Valley, the home they'd been

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forced to leave seven years earlier

because of financial hardships.

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The club will wear special

shirts this weekend but,

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as Chris Slegg reports,

not all the fans are in

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the mood for a party.

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It was once the Valley of despair -

Charlton, unable to retain

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the freehold, had been forced out

and left to ground share

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with Crystal Palace then West Ham.

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Fans like Chris Parkes fought

tirelessly to return the club home,

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even forming a political party,

the Valley Party, to

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pressure the local council.

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It was just an amazing effort.

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There were 60 people involved

in the Valley Party,

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from volunteers putting leaflets out

for people, putting posters

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all around the local area.

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And I think Greenwich

Council realised that we

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can't be messed with.

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And so, after a seven-year exile,

on December 5th, 1992,

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Charlton returned to the Valley.

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They beat Portsmouth 1-0 that day.

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To mark the 25 year anniversary,

Charlton will wear the same shirts

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on Saturday, as manager

Carl Robinson's side take

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on the same opponents, Portsmouth.

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What Charlton fans did 25 years ago

was quite remarkable,

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the dedication they showed

to their team, the dedication

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they showed to have their club back

in their area, and that's how

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football always was.

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Not all fans are in

the mood for celebrations.

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Some are continuing

to protest against Belgian

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owner Roland Duchatelet.

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They want him to sell

up and move on.

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Do you sense that a sale

of the club could be imminent?

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I was told no.

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I think every football club

does have its price tag.

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And whatever that is, I don't know.

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I'm not a politician.

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Politics has certainly played

its part in Charlton's history.

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Saturday will be

a special day for many.

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At the game on the 5th of December,

1992, is I was just standing there,

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and I had tears in my eyes.

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I'll have tears in my eyes

on Saturday, without a doubt.

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Whatever their current

problems, Charlton have

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survived far tougher times.

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Chris Slegg, BBC London News.

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It was 70 years ago that Norway

gifted the first Christmas tree

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to the people of Britain to be

displayed in Trafalgar Square.

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And seven decades on,

this year is no different.

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Wendy Hurrell is there now,

and it's twinkling away

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as the lights were switched

on this evening.

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That's right and it's one of the

more simply decorated trees across

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London, with its vertical light down

the tree in the traditional

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Norwegian style. That's because it

is not being flashy and brassy, it's

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a commemorative tree. The first one

was given to us in 1947 and drew

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crowds similar to what we are seeing

this evening who no doubt brought

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festive cheer after the war. And it

was given to us because of our

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support to Norway during the Second

World War when the country was

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occupied. The Norwegian government

and for a short time the royal

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family took refuge in London and

back then this tree standing behind

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me was a sapling in the forest

waiting for it turned. So it was

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down to the Lord Mayor of

Westminster and the mayor of Oslo to

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help felled tree that was brought by

land and sea to here in central

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London. They are very specifically

selected, there's a short list of 20

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for their size and shape and boast

20 are given some extra special care

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and

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tree food to keep them green and

bushy. This evening, as you say, we

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saw the lights switched on for the

festive period. It's looking very

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pretty behind me here in its simple

noble way. I think when the lights

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go on in Trafalgar Square, it

signals the start of the festive

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season for many Londoners across the

capital. It certainly does, and as

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you say, looking noble.

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The best place to eat

in London on Trip Advisor

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doesn't actually exist.

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The ficticous eatery was created

by Oobah Butler, a writer for Vice,

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to show how online reviews

on Trip Advisor can be manipulated.

0:24:290:24:31

The company criticised

the journalists fake listings

0:24:310:24:33

and said the majority

of its reviews were authentic.

0:24:330:24:35

Eventually, after all this work,

all my family and friends review it

0:24:350:24:38

and we get to number one.

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At that point, I'm like, OK, let's

open it for a night, so I opened it

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to the general public.

0:24:440:24:45

Three tables of real people,

about five tables of actors saying

0:24:450:24:47

how incredible the place was,

and they bought it, you know.

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Let's get a check on the weather

with Tomasz Schafernaker,

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who's joined us.

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It looks very festive in Trafalgar

Square,

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It looks very festive in Trafalgar

Square, what about the weather?

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We have some snow on the way, maybe

a little bit. Don't get your hopes

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up, but we could get some over the

next couple of days. I think

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tomorrow for most of us it's a cold

day, maybe a flurry of snow moving

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across London. Other parts of the

country as I speak are getting quite

0:25:170:25:22

a bit of snow. Storm Caroline to the

north of us and we got a rash of

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cold air behind this cold front.

This is what it looks like tonight,

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the blobs of blue are rain showers,

water mostly. Just above my head,

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you can see some snow falling across

the Midlands, they could get a bit,

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5-10 centimetres. It will be chilly

tonight with Frost in some areas.

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Look what happens with these sleet

and snow and rain showers, they are

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hit and miss so I cannot say exactly

which place will get them and which

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not but it looks more likely towards

may beacons field, High Wycombe,

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those sorts of areas. Through the

course of the weekend, and there

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will be sunshine around so sunshine

and occasional snow flurries, a cold

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and sunny weekend on the way to

start with so we are mostly talking

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about Saturday here. A bit of blue,

that is the Frost on Saturday. Some

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rain or snow flurries affecting

Norman London but we are talking

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about a sunny day. In the wind it

will feel colder than five, probably

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close to freezing, then it gets

interesting because we have a

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weather front moving off the

Atlantic. Look at that snow moving

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across the Midlands. It will only

take a slight shift towards the

0:26:450:26:51

south, probably north of the M4, for

us to get smoke. At this stage it

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looks like it won't snow on Monday

but it might

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looks like it won't snow on Monday

but it might so I'm hedging my bets.

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Thank you.

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Recapping the main headlines:

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BBC research has revealed the number

of patients waiting more than four

0:27:050:27:08

hours in A&E has more than doubled

in the last four years.

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In the past year alone,

some 3 million patients waited

0:27:110:27:14

longer than the four-hour target.

0:27:140:27:23

An investigation into the Croydon

tram crash has found the driver

0:27:230:27:26

probably dozed off just

before the accident.

0:27:260:27:28

It also found there was a "culture

of fear" among staff which meant

0:27:280:27:31

incidents weren't being reported.

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