25/10/2016 London News


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The mayor has told us tonight that he'll explore the legal opthons

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available to fight today's decision by the Government to build

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Sadiq Khan favours expansion at Gatwick instead.

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Let's get more from our transport correspondent Tom Edwards

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in the village of Harmondsworth tonight, one of the places

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Yes, this village is now at the centre of the fight against the

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third runway. As you can sed, the posters are still up. Just to give

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you an idea of what's eventtally going to happen, the perimeter of

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the runway will run along this side, this line of houses here, all of

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these homes will be demolished. The Mayor of London thinks the runway is

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in completely the wrong place. These plans today to expand

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Heathrow, when there is an alternative for jobs

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and growth, is wrong for London My paramount concern

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is the well-being of Londondrs. I think runway three doesn't

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help Londoners' health, doesn't help those inconvenhenced

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by noise, so I'll be working with them to explore

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all legal options. Apologies there. Let's get lore from

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Tom Edwards who has been getting reaction from the village of

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Harmondsworth. Heathrow tonight, as ever,

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running at full capacity. A third runway means most

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of the nearby village of It's very easy to wake up at 4. 0am

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and have the 4.00am frights when you think you're going to be

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evicted out of your home, I think it goes a long way to tell

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us, to really tell us, that They've offered sound insul`tion

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and possibly buying the house, It's not the issue, of course,

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we want to save the village Down the road in Cranford at this

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cafe most welcomed today's news A third runway probably is necessary

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for this airport because yot can see Planes all around,

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so probably is a good thing. It's good for the economy,

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it's good for the business, Right here is where the new runway

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will be and right at the he`rt of Heathrow's case it's been

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about jobs and it's While this is about global

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connections, it's also Many of the top 300 UK comp`nies

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have headquarters We've actually delayed for far

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too many years. That delay has actually put us

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behind our competitive It's freight companies like this one

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that give Heathrow the advantage. It's cargo and the combinathon

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with passengers that make In 2013, 1.4 million tonnes

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of freight came through Heathrow, Nearly 80% of all air

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freight in the UK. Gatwick deals with a fraction

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of that - 100,000 tonnes. The growth that the UK needs

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now that we are looking at ` global We will have trade within Etrope,

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obviously, but the new emerging markets of the world need to be

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connected and Heathrow NEWSREEL: Members were reminded

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of the county's long tradition of resistance

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to interference and oppresshon. . But history shows that politics

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and runways do not mix. In fact, no full length

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runway has been built As well as local opposition

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at Heathrow, the extra cost for road and rail links vary

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between five and ?20 billion. It includes putting the M25

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into a tunnel and it's not clear The big variable on the Heathrow

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side is the motorways. Their proposal envisages thd M2

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being put into tunnel and they'll want to have a good look if that can

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be done more cheaply Tonight, while some say a third

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runway here will never happdn, others say post-Brexit it's

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needed more than ever. The reaction of local residdnts and

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businesses there. Turning to politics.

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Well, within hours of the announcement, Zac Goldslith

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the Conservative MP for Richmond, and high-profile opponent

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As he said he would when he was elected back in 2010 if a third

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer has been speaking to him

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Goldsmith, Zac, Conservativd Party candidate 29,000...

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Zac Goldsmith six years ago winning his Richmond

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seat for the Tories, having promised to quit

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if a Conservative Government ever gave the go-ahead

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I said at the beginning that I would always put

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the constituency first, that was a promise I made

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Today, as you know, I have to honour my promise.

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And so I've resigned as your member of parliament and I'll be

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standing in the by-election as an independent candidate.

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But this election must be a referendum on Heathrow expansion.

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It is our chance to send a lessage to Government and to Heathrow

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via the ballot box so I'm asking you to give me the mandate H need

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It appears to have been carefully choreographed.

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I don't know that, that's a party issue.

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He may be running as an inddpendent candidate in the coming by-dlection

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but the Conservatives have confirmed they won't put up

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Quite simply, the numbers whll be against them and feeling

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in the local party is very pro their now former MP and very

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Zac is one of the few principled and honest MPs in

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We love him for that, we support him entirely.

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Will you support him as an independent?

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A lot of people are upset about it, he's fought well and hard

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for the constituents in Richmond and I think they'll be very upset

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With no Tory candidate standing it could now be a straight racd

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with the Lib Dems who used to hold this seat.

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The Liberal Democrats have been completely consistent on thhs over

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many decades and we will continue to fight Heathrow expansion

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The by-election is expected to take place in early December.

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Let's talk about some of thd political ramifications of this Our

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political editor joins me. How awkward is this by-election for the

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Government? Well, it is awkward and the Liberal Democrats will certainly

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fancy their chances. But medium to long-term I am not sure how much

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damage it's going to do. Thd Conservatives, the Government,

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Theresa May, always had to factor this in, they always knew Z`c

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Goldsmith was going to do this. They're not standing their own

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candidate, they take the vidw let's get this out of the way and move on.

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You could argue they will think if this is the best it gets, Z`c

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Goldsmith leading the opposhtion, they might be happy long-term,

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contrast that with Justine Greening, Boris Johnson, if their scope for

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protest is curtailed, they're not going to be able to whip up

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opposition long-term and it's clear from Boris Johnson, in parthcular,

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he has no intention of resigning and giving up his rather big current

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job. It will cause an immense

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amount of disruption. There are colossal problems

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still to be solved. And then you have a future

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in which London will be flown over We know still a lot of hurdles to

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overcome. Dare I ask, how mtch turbulence can we expect? A major

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planning application to be drawn up, a long way to go. We will sde legal

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action by four local authorhties, including Theresa May's own one and

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protest against, direct acthon, splits within parties as well as

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between those parties. You lay see politicians lying in front of

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bulldozers, although not perhaps the Foreign Secretary now. Some people

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still think they can not sed how this is going to happen. On the

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other hand, you need to remdmber the last time it didn't happen or Labour

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failed, it wasn't because of legal action that halted things, ht was

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the political weakness of the Labour Government at the time. Verx

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different now some people s`y. Theresa May in a strong poshtion, a

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fair wind, you could argue the auspices have never been as good as

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they are new to give this a go. Thank you very much.

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That's it from the London tdam this evening. I will hand you ovdr to

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Stav for a look at the weather. Thank you very much.

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Conditions improved through the afternoon with sunshine devdloping

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but it means into this evenhng and overnight we are going to sde some

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moisture-laden air moving into the cooler air. It's a perfect recipe

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for dense fog to develop by the end of the night. Certainly tomorrow

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morning first thing there whll be a lot of fog around and grey `nd mist

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in places but through the d`y conditions are expected to brighten.

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Give yourself extra time to head out tomorrow morning. Some of that fog

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will be quite dense. Take c`re on the roads. A big improvement through

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the afternoon. Good spells of sunshine developing. The odd bit of

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patchy cloud. Temperatures `re milder than of late. We hold on to

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the high pressure which will be dominating throughout the wdek and

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into the weekend bringing mtch more of the same, so largely find,

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settled conditions. Again for Thursday we could have fog to begin

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with. That should clear and lift. In the sunshine we should see

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temperatures reaching around 16 To recap throughout the rest of this

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week, it's set to be fine and settled and on the mild sidd. Nick

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now has all the national settled and on the mild side. Nick

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now has all the national weather. Hello. Autumn is the season of

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change, most noticeably with those autumn colours on display today in

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Buckinghamshire, as photographed by one of our weather watchers. Always

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helps when there is blue sky above. Our weather is always changing

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regardless of the season. One of those changes is taking place, we

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are losing last week's Easterly winds and now a westerly wind. That

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means it's turning milder by day and night but it does mean the return of

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Atlantic weather fronts, especially to north-western parts of the UK.

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The reason, high pressure in Germany and low pressure Iceland. Here is

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the first of those weather fronts for Scotland and Northern Ireland

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through the

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