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Leaseholders of two Croydon
tower blocks are told
they will have to pay
to remove Grenfell-style cladding.
Tonight there are calls
for the authorities to step in.
The Government allowed that cladding
to go up, must take responsibility
for bringing it down, the Government
must pay for this work to be done,
no one else.
We look at the implications
for this landmark ruling.
Tackling gambling addiction.
The growing calls in the capital
to tighten regulations
around the industry.
Historic and cultural recognition
for Regent's Park Mosque
as it's given Grade
II listed status.
Oprah Winfrey talks to us
about her sci-fi fantasy film
and female empowerment.
A very warm
welcome to the programme
this Tuesday evening.
First tonight, how
the impact of the Grenfell
tragedy and the safety concerns it
raised continue to be
felt across London.
Tonight, leaseholders of two
privately-owned blocks in Croydon
have been told they will have to pay
to remove flammable cladding.
They had argued that it was
the building owner's responsibility
to foot the huge bill,
which could be up to
two million pounds.
The landmark ruling could have
implications for people
living in private blocks
across the capital.
Our Political Editor
Tim Donovan explains.
Somehow we managed to get legal
This man is on to his
lawyer because the news isn't good,
tribunal judgment has gone against
him and other residents. The
cladding was removed when it failed
tests after Grenfell, since then
fire marshals have been patrolling
24/ seven. Together its cost half £1
million so far and that is a bill to
be shared between the 95
leaseholders here after the ruling
the landlords were entitled by the
terms of their leases to recover it
in service charge.
We are already
paying £2000 service charges, and
this year it will increase up to
£20,000 for some people. I have to
pay £4000, I'm not sure how I will
But that's only up until
now, new cladding could take the
bill to £2 million.
We cannot plan
our lives, people's work is
suffering, they are stressed, it's
affecting our lives on a daily
The mayor said the Government
should end that anxiety.
Government should be stepping in to
make these buildings safe, then
there is a discussion to be had
about the cost and the removal.
Noticeable in this ruling, the judge
says it is foreseeable leaseholders
may have further legal claims
against a number of parties. The
manufacturers of the cladding,
Barratt homes which installed it,
and the local council Croydon which
provided the certification. Finally
the Government itself. If it's
building regulations are found to
have been not up to scratch. It's
possible many other leaseholders
could be affected in a similar way.
We think up to 50,000 leaseholders
in London could be liable for paying
costs up to £30,000 per flat or
beyond simply because they bought a
flat in good faith that the cladding
on the outside of it was safe. They
believed that because the Government
told them it was safe, we now know
the Government was wrong. The
Government must take responsibility
for taking the cladding down and
stop abandoning leaseholders to
their fate. The Government must pay
for this work to be done, nobody
Landlords said today they
would work to minimise the costs of
cladding and urged the Government to
Tim's at City Hall, and could this
judgment could have far
It called, and you get an idea from
that microcosm in Croydon of the
potential stress, distress, some
people are going to face if the cost
of replacing cladding is passed on
to leaseholders and the judge in
this judgment is clear about that
and warns people, if they go down
the legal route to try to get this
money recovered by someone else,
they could become mired in
litigation which itself could cost
money. All that time their homes
arguably are blighted and on
saleable. He seems to hint in this
judgment one way the Government
might go is to provide compensation
in some form like it has done in the
distant past with social housing but
he says that is a judicial view and
he knows this is very much a
political decision that has to be
Tim, many thanks. Tim Donovan
at City Hall.
You're watching BBC London News,
coming up later in the programme...
This is the home ground of tooting
and Mitchum football club, and for
now also the home of Dulwich Hamlet,
one of the clubs that has been
forced out of their stadium by
property developers who own their
A London MP has raised concerns
about security in Parliament
after four Muslim MPs were sent
suspicious packages within 24 hours.
A researcher in Rupa Huq's office,
who's the MP for Ealing Central
and Acton, was taken to hospital
after opening a parcel this morning.
Well Marc Ashdown
is in Westminster now,
Marc, what happened?
Rupa Huq wasn't here at the time,
she was at a committee but one of
her staff members was going through
the mail, opened this package and
got a sticky substance on his
fingers. He raised the alarm, was
taken to hospital for treatment but
has been sent home on armed. This
happened in the buildings behind me
where almost 200 MPs have their
offices, next door to portcullis
house a stone's throw from
Parliament and police have confirmed
they cordoned off the office of Rupa
Huq and another MP, also Muslim, who
also received a suspicious package
this morning. They took them away,
examined them and found them not to
be hazardous but this comes a day
after two more Muslim MPs also
received suspicious packages and
Rupa Huq says she is concerned about
It is worrying these
things are getting through security
screening because I know it is
rigorously screened. I've seen that
process happened because it as
sniffer dogs so stuff is slipping
the net, that is a worry but it's
also worrying someone out there
thinks it is open season on Muslim
And there are wider
concerns about this?
Yes, this package also contained an
abusive letter and it seems to be
part of a wider pattern. Over the
weekend these letters were sent to
various addresses around the
country, seeming to be encouraging
people to take part in Punish Us
Limp Day. Counterterrorism police
have launched an investigation into
this. As for the packages, we still
don't know what this substance was.
Tests are ongoing, an investigation
is under way. Downing Street says it
is concerned about this incident,
MPs want answers. They don't have to
look far, Scotland Yard is just over
suggests that more than half
of Londoners participate in some
sort of gambling.
For some however, it can
become an addiction
with devastating consequences.
There are growing calls for tighter
regulation to govern the industry.
Chris Rogers reports
from the only NHS clinic
for gambling addiction,
based in London.
I have struggled to hold down a job,
and I've lost every single job I've
had at some point in time as a
consequence of my struggle with
gambling addiction. My marriage
broke down. The cost on family life
is enormous, it's not just about
Tony is not alone in his
battle against gambling addiction.
There are 430,000 registered addicts
across the UK, more than half the
population of over 16s in London
participate in some sort of gambling
activity of which one in 20 are at
risk of having a gambling problem.
People are losing a huge amount of
money. In 2016 the gambling industry
made a record £13.8 billion profit.
I am on a road in Earls Court just
around the corner from me there is a
clinic for gambling addicts. Here
across the road, there are two
betting shops, another one just
behind me here, and over there a
casino. A passer-by has heard to
talking to me on camera and admits
he may have a problem.
So you lost £5,000, got it back and
lost it again?
And I have done
the same thing so do you see
yourself as someone with a gambling
Sometimes, but other days
I say no, I'm fine.
clinic is partly funded by the NHS
and the industry. We have been
invited here by the Labour deputy
leader because he is demanding more
clinics like these but it's the
former Labour government that
relaxed gambling regulations.
Today's Labour Party admits that was
We think there's a hidden
gambling epidemic in this country
and yet I'm in the only dedicated
treatment centre in the whole of
England and Wales. So we are taking
a much wider view and looking at the
harm done by gambling, how we can
pay for it and what responsibility
the industry must take.
Government is also looking into the
issue. It seems the tide could be
turning against the gambling
industry, which has broadly agreed
to fund addiction support. In the
words of this addict, they can
for sure what Brexit
will mean for London.
There is though a small group
of Londoners in the heart of Belgium
who know exactly what it will mean
for them - the loss of their jobs.
They are of course our
representatives at the
Katharine Carpenter has
been speaking to two
of the capital's MEPs,
with opposing views on Brexit,
about life in Brussels
since the vote to leave.
For 18 years, Labour MEP
Mary Honeyball has made
this journey from London
to the European
Parliament once a week.
She's one of the longest serving
MEPs, still believes Brexit can be
stopped and denies it's having
an impact on her work here, yet.
Obviously, everybody here is aware
of Brexit, but we are still
in the European Union and we're
all still getting on with our jobs.
But for one of the two London MEPs
who voted to leave the EU,
things have been more
tense at times.
I thought perhaps one of the things
that went through my mind is -
actually ,will I have to resign?
Will I lose my job as group leader,
and I was prepared for that.
I said, I thought I shouldn't put my
own position ahead of my decision.
The UK has 73 MEPs, eight of them
represent London and they earn just
over 100,000 euros a year before
taxes, with generous
pensions and allowances.
Mary Honeyball admits perhaps
they could have done more to counter
the perception by some that they're
living the high life in Brussels.
One of the consequences
of Brexit is that Europe,
the European Parliament,
what the EU does, has suddenly shot
up the political agenda.
So now I think we are getting a lot
of exposure and people do know
who we are and what we do.
For Mary, that involves meetings
like this Brexit briefing
by the Shadow Health Secretary.
She thinks her party's position
is still a work in progress,
even raising the possibility that
MEPs will have a role to play
beyond March next year.
No chance, says her colleague.
My job will come to an end,
end of March 2019.
At that time the UK will leave
and there will be no British MEPs.
Will you feel sad about
it despite your vote?
Of course I'll feel sad.
I mean, I've made many good
friends and it's been
a large part of my life.
As for the future, he hasn't
ruled out another attempt
to become London's Mayor.
If my party decides to select too
early and I'm still involved
in helping in negotiations,
then that won't work for me.
Probably when that role
starts to wind down,
when we get closer to an agreement,
towards the end of the year,
early next year, then I'll have
to start seriously looking
for a new role.
What's next for you
now after Brexit?
I'm not really sure, actually.
I've had a long career in politics,
which has been good.
I should take time
to reflect, I think.
BBC London News.
Still to come before 7pm:
We find out the history behind
London's Central Mosque as it's
given special protection
by Historic England.
And we're on the blue carpet waiting
to talk to perhaps the most
influential woman in the world,
Oprah Winfrey, at the European
premier of A Wrinkle in Time.
The pros and cons of gentrification
has been much debated,
especially as swathes of London have
been bought up to build flats.
Now a non-league football club
in Dulwich has been forced from its
stadium after the land was sold
and a row broke out
over how to develop it.
But is the local council
poised to buy it back?
Here's Chris Slegg reports.
Match days at Dulwich
Hamlet are colourful,
passionate and vibrant.
Champion Hill has been
their home for 87 years,
but for now it's home no more,
they've been locked out
by the property developers
who own the site, Meadow
I mean, it's shocking really,
the actions of Meadow,
our landowner, have been spiteful.
They've used this as leverage
in their battle with the council
and, ultimately, we are the victims.
So Dulwich are now locked out
of their ground and these
barriers have gone up.
Now, when Meadow signed
their agreement with Dulwich,
back in 2014, they said
they would fund the club.
The plan was they were going
to build flats on this stadium,
but provide Dulwich with a new home
right next door.
Southwark Council though turned down
that application last year,
partly because of a lack
of affordable housing, and then
the relationship turned sour.
Meadow stopped funding
the football club.
They then claimed they were
owed £120,000 in rents.
And last week, Dulwich were told
they could no longer play here.
Fans will now have to travel eight
miles to watch home games
at Tooting & Mitcham FC.
I mean, this is our home.
This is where we should be.
It's really quite a sorry state that
we're not going to be here.
I just think Meadow really do not
know how important this
is to the local community.
They are New York based, they don't
really have a great understanding
of communities in London.
At a meeting this afternoon,
Southwark Council were expected
to waive through a motion to begin
attempts to acquire the land
and restore Dulwich
to their rightful home.
Are you confident that you can
convince Meadow to sell without this
being pushed all the way
to a potential CPO?
I hope Meadow will sell because it's
important that we secure the future
of the football club.
It's important actually that the bit
of the site that can be developed
for housing is delivered as housing
and I just hope, as I say,
that we can do a deal with them
sooner rather than later.
Meadow failed to respond to our
request for a statement today,
but last week blamed the club
and Southwark Council for failing
to enter into dialogue with them.
For now, the future of Dulwich
Hamlet lies away from Dulwich.
Has there been a final decision?
There has indeed. I will bring that
to you from the boardroom here. It
doesn't feel like home. They are
trying to make it feel like home.
Everyone is drinking out of their
pink and blue Dulwich Hamlet mugs.
They voted to release the funds to
bid to buy that site back from
Meadow Residential. It might take a
long time to do so, two or three
years if it goes to a CPO. I can
speak to the vice-Chairman of the
football club. The protests will
You need to keep the pressure on
Definitely. We hope between
700 to 1,000 of fans will be there
on Saturday and put on pressure. The
honourable thing is to sell and go
and let us get back.
That will be a
march through Dulwich.
you think of the situation you ended
Nothing to do with the
football club. It's between the
developers and council who had a
falling out. We are in the middle.
They peaked made us pay and been
very nasty towards us. It's very
unfair. This club has been going for
125 years. We do a lot of things in
the community. They have taken that
away from us.
OK thank you very
much. The vice-Chairman of Dulwich
Hamlet football club. This is a home
from home here. They are grateful to
Tooting & Mitcham for letting them
play here. They would much rather
move back to their real home. They
will exert pressure on Meadow
Residential to get back there as
soon as possible.
Thank you very
much for the update. Chris Legge.
Some of London's Mosques have been
recognised for their heritage
and cultural importance
by Historic England.
Across the capital there
are around 450 mosques,
though many though are found
in houses or other
Of the purpose-built ones,
the Shah Jahan in Woking,
which was already listed has been
given more protection.
The Fazl Mosque in Southfields
and the London Central Mosque,
better known as Regent's Park
Mosque, have both been given
Grade II status.
Here's Tolu Adeoye.
So I was lying here as a child,
this childhood memory,
this very kind of fond memory,
actually, of sort of lying
here gazing up, and just seeing this
incredible blue expanse.
Just kind of gazing into it.
When you look at it, you can see
the kind of scale of that.
It's been described
as an exceptional place of worship.
Now London Central Mosque has been
awarded Grade II star listed status,
recognising its historic
and cultural importance.
While British mosques are typically
established by local communities,
this remains the first and only
example to have been built
at a diplomatic level.
One of the main points
of the campaign to build
the mosque was that,
at the time, and this
is from 1910 onwards,
the argument was that there
were more Muslim subjects
in the British Empire than there
were Christian, for example.
But that there was no
nationally significant mosque
in Britain to represent that.
So that was part of
the kind of campaign
the Muslims used at the time.
The movement to establish a central
mosque in London spans
for more than 70 years.
Although the first fund
for the new mosque was set up
in 1910, construction didn't
start until 1970.
It was finished seven years later.
From outside, you can really
appreciate the architecture.
Regent's Park was picked
as a location under
Winston Churchill's government back
in the 1940s, in recognition
of the importance of the Muslim
community in an increasingly diverse
The Fazl Mosque in Southfields
in London has been given Grade II
listed status today,
while the Shah Jahan
mosque in Woking has gone
from Grade II to Grade I,
giving it extra protection.
Historic England says
it's about time more
mosques were recognised.
Mosques and the Muslim faith
are an extremely important part
of our national cultural life,
but they are somewhat
underrepresented on our list
of the most important buildings.
So it's really rewarding to be able
to undertake this exercise
and protect the most important
mosques and celebrate them.
And Regent's Park Mosque isn't just
popular with worshippers.
We have about four schools
visiting every day.
We have tourists walking
in and out of this place.
So it is great to have it listed
because it is a big honour for us.
In fact, it is a cherry on the cake.
With the listings, Historic England
says it's about celebrating not only
but also the heritage of Muslim
communities in England.
Tolu Adeoye, BBC London News.
It's not how we're used
to seeing Oprah Winfrey,
who's been called "the most
influential woman in the world."
Her recent speech about a new day
on the horizon for women and girls
made headlines around the world.
Tonight she's in London
with her co-star Storm Reid
for the European premiere
of their sci-fi fantasy film.
And Wendy Hurrell caught up
with them moments ago.
You need an Oprah
We all need an Oprah hug.
You go on this marvellous
adventure that you lead her around
on. Tell me, was it a very
supportive environment with the
Yes, it was. Miss
Oprah Miss Ava did a great job of
welcoming me with warm arms and
making me feel relaxed. We were all
in this together. You could really
feel that. I'm glad I had them my
corner to guide me and teach me and
pour into me.
She's our baby girl.
She is our baby girl who is on the
adventure of a lifetime in the movie
and is now in life on the adventure
of a lifetime. I remember 14, very
hard age for me. It is for a lot of
kids. Trying to figure out, a lot of
girls, figuring out who you are and
where you are. Going into another
form of womanhood. I've never met a
better prepared, more grounded,
gracious, graceful young woman than
this one. This one has got it all.
She's got it. Mainly because she has
been raised by her mummy. Bring her
mummy in here.
this good, this strong, this solid
this prepared without a mother. This
is her mother, Robyn.
Nice to meet
How do you now,
in your industry, make sure this
wonderfully talented woman can carry
See, this is a thing
that people don't understand about
fame and notoriety. Now everybody is
going to know her face. She will be
hard to go to McDonalds. Nothing
changes within you. You already are
who you are. That's the message of
this movie. Other people's reaction
to you change. Her parents have done
such a great job that they don't
have to worry about - is this going
to go to her head? When it's
grounded it does not. When you don't
know who you are, you believe you
are what everybody says you are.
When you know who you are, oh, baby.
Oh, baby. Listen with Black Panther
and this movie, one and two in the
box office, are we in a tipping
point now in terms of race and
It's the beginning.
Everybody gets all excited when
there is something new on the
horizon, which is what I've talked
about in the Golden Globe speech.
This is the new, but we have to
continue the new. You can't do this
and then wait ten years before you
do something else. I want to know
how she raised such a great
I was just a veriesel. I
was told I'm just the vessel. This
is what God intended for her and I'm
just here to support it.
Ladies, have aened woerful evening.
You are an inspiration to us all.
Thank you. They are. Wendy there and
I could listen to Oprah all evening.
It's time for a check on the
weather. Darren is here. It looked
weather. Darren is here. It looked
nice out there. I could have brought
her downed and she could have done
Tomorrow we will find
a stronger breeze picking up. If
anything, it should be a little bit
milder than today. This was weather
watcher picture taken this morning.
Dartford, where we had sunshine. It
wasn't sunny all day, mind you. We
had cloud come over. It gave us a
few showers particularly late on in
the day. Those have pretty much
cleared away. Moving away towards
the east. It should be dry through
this evening and overnight. We will
have clear skies and we have light
wind as well. It will be a good deal
colder than it was last night. Away
from town thoses numbers not far
away from freezing. There may be a
pinch of frost. It will be
short-lived mind you. Sunshine comes
up early enough at this time of the
year. We should see sunny spells
throughout Wednesday. Cloud from
time to time, it may turn hazy, some
high cloud spilling our way. We have
a sorely wind actually. We are
drawing in dryer air. The hence more
sunshine around. Those higher
temperatures, 14 possibly even 15
degrees. That is as warm as it will
get mind you. Thursday, looks very
different. In the morning we have a
band of rain that will push
northwards and eastwards. It could
be heavy for a while. Around about
the middle part of the day it will
brighten up with sunshine. We could
see sharp showers from mid to late
afternoon. Temperatures not as high
on Thursday, not too bad, 11
degrees. We will find instead of a
sorely wind we get an easterly wind
arriving, just in time for the
weekend. It is the beast from the
east, but it's probably more of a
mini beast. After tomorrow we have
got more cloud around. We will find
some rain there. You can see
Thursday and in Friday as well. More
likely to have some snow for the
weekend before it becomes dryer into
the beginning of next week. Those
easterly winds will make it feel
really cold for a while, four or
five degrees this is weekend
compared with 14 or 15 tomorrow.
Sounds good. Darren, thank you.
Recapping the main headlines:
Police have been giving more details
about the last known
movements of Sergei Skripal
and his daughter before
they were poisoned.
They're looking for witnesses
who saw the pair's red BMW car.
The midnight deadline for Russia
to give credible answers is looming.
Rash ya said it will ignore the
And leaseholders of a tower block
have been told they will have to pay
to remove flammable cladding.
That's it for now, but I'll be back
with our late news at 10.30pm.
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