03/01/2017 London News


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The government and the Mayor have faced criticism

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There were protests this morning alongside commuters

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returning to work, many of whom found their journeys

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We can join Claudia-Liza Armah who's got the details.

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It was not the start to the new year many were hoping for and it all

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kicked off when price hikes were announced in rail fares and that

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average rise of 2.3% was met by protests in London outside King's

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Cross where predators were angry at what they described as a rail

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rip-off -- protesters. They are saying they are spending six times

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more on rail fares compared to be put in Europe and sometimes cannot

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even get a seat. The government defended it today, saying it is

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crucial to that all-important improvement works.

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Around the rail network there's a lot happening,

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I guess, of course, nobody wants to see a fare increase,

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but costs rise, pay rises and right now fares are rising

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So at least that's a step in the right direction.

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It was not just the Transport Secretary defending himself. Sadiq

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Khan has been criticised for taking people for falls over that key

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campaign pledge he made to freeze transport fares until 2020 -- taking

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them for fools. Critics say he has not kept his promise.

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If a week is a long time in politics, what about a year?

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This was Sadiq Khan last January with a key pledge

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The fares you pay in 2020 on bus, Tubes, DLR and London Overground

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will be the same fares you pay on May 6th, a day after

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I'm hopefully elected as the Mayor of London.

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It was one he repeated during the campaign.

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I've got a fully funded package to freeze fares over

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the next four years, so Londoners pay not a penny more

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REPORTER: Did you pay a penny more, Sadiq?

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Today he was back at Waterloo, campaigning against rail fare rises

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and trumped in the fact that many Transport for London

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fares have been frozen, but his promise doesn't apply

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to travelcards or the cap on Oyster cards.

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Does he think we're completely stupid?

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He said before the election that Londoners would not pay a penny more

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Well, clearly, a lot of them found out that today they are paying more.

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I think the Mayor has got to stop peddling this line

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because it's quite clear to most commuters going to work

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today, they're paying more for their travelcard and more

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for their cap on their Oyster card as well.

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It's about time the Mayor started looking at how he can help other

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The Mayor insists his freeze on TFL fares will save the average London

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household around ?200 over the next four years.

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I still point to the Government - look, if I can make TFL fit

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for purpose, if I can reduce inefficiencies, if I can

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make efficiency savings, if I can increase revenue streams

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elsewhere to freeze TFL fares, why can't they do the same

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The Mayor also called again today for the Government to hand control

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of Southern Rail to Transport for London ahead of another planned

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He says he'd talk to the unions to avoid action

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Karl mentioned there more industrial action on Southern Rail?

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Yes, that's right. If you put that was not bad enough and things could

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not get worse on the London train network, it is. Next week as part of

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an ongoing dispute with Southern rail bosses, its drivers are going

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on strike for a whopping six days which is part of that ongoing

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dispute with about -- about driver only operated trains when they have

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to mix of the doors are closed, something conductors had to do. This

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is how the strike will work. It start next Monday. It will finish on

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Saturday the 14th of January, that is all inclusive. It is easier to

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explain which services will not be effected which is Thames Link and

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GABA express are expected to have trains running every 30 minutes. --

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Gatwick Express. Southern is advising its passengers not to even

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bother using its rail lines for those six days but my advice for

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anybody expecting to use it is to check before you travel. Thank you

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very much. So, 2017 will be key

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for Britain and Brexit. The Prime Minster has pledged

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to officially trigger the process of leaving the EU

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by the end of March. This week we're looking at how that

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could impact the capital. Tonight the view of EU nationals,

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feeling uncertain over There are a lot of unknowns when it

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comes to how we might leave the European Union but what we do

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know is that it's likely to mean So what's the current picture of EU

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nationals in London? In 2015 the total number of EU

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migrants living in London In this Polish cafe in south London,

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these construction workers from the EU did not seem overly

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concerned about their future. I didn't know what it is going to be

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after March, but at this moment, I'm just waiting for

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the Home Office to send me my I was applying two months ago,

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for me and my family. We are in this country

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for over ten years. But they are two skilled

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workers who have lived The big difference is what happens

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going forward and there, depending on what kind of system,

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what kind of immigration system we get after Brexit,

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we could see a significant reduction in the number of new people coming

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in, particularly in low skilled jobs that are least likely to qualify

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for any new Visa system. Aga is a waitress in

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a so-called low skilled job. That would worry me more than,

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you know, what's going EU migrants are not so easily

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replaced says her manager. It may not be politically correct

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to say so but the fact is there are no Brits in that age

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sector of any numbers to replace the Europeans that

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are currently working. It's not like the Europeans

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have come in and taken And what about the highly

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skilled EU migrants, 35% of which are in managerial

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or professional roles in London? I think the first thing that comes

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to mind is definitely uncertainty. But also I would say a fear

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which is sometimes not rational. A lot of people have strong emotion

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about Brexit but I think I think we should wait and see

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what is going to happen. With London's workforce reliant

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on EU migrants of all skilled types, On the one hand, you might expect

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that more people would come in anticipation of the fact that it

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might be more difficult On the other hand, a lot will depend

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on the state of the economy and it is possible that people's

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uncertainty about whether they will be able to state

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and about the political implications of the referendum result could make

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the UK less attractive. All EU workers living in London

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will be waiting to see Sales of vinyl records have hit

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a 25-year high boosted by a new generation of music lovers

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who may not even play them. It's thought instead they may be

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bought as collectors' items - last year's top selling artist

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was Londoner David Bowie. David Sillito has been a record

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store in Soho to find out more. For Phil Barton of Sister Ray

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records, there is no debate. Music just sounds better when it

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comes on a 12 inch disk, However, things have

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begun to change. Listen, ten years ago

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I would have given you the keys to the shop and said,

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look, you know, I can't make So I didn't realise this

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stuff was still going David Bowie was the biggest

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seller last year. Prince was also in the top ten

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along with Amy Winehouse, Over the last ten years,

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sales have grown by 1500%. However, a recent survey

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found that nearly half, Of course it is worth putting this

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into some sort of context because imagine that each of these

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records represents a million sales. The BPI says that if you add

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in streaming, digital downloads, CDs, about 123 million albums

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were sold last year. And the number of vinyl albums sold

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last year, 3 million. But both are dwarfed by the real

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music titan, streaming. Streaming is a totally

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different beast really. 45 billion streams, it is at

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the other end of the spectrum. It is not really recorded

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music in the physical Even Drake, the world's

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most streamed artist, has now issued his back catalogue

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on vinyl after discovering But for most fans of Justin Bieber

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and the other kings of streaming, this way of listening

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is ancient history. I'll say goodnight now,

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and leave you with Chris Fawkes We did manage to get a bit of

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sunshine today but since then the skies have been turning cloudier and

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overnight it will be a largely dry night. Where there are any gaps in

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the cloud it is possible to get the odd pockets of frost in the

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countryside but the most it is frost free but quite chilly with tempered

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is between two and 4 degrees. This is Wednesday, a lot of cloud, the

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odd spot of rain but it will not amount to much and for most of us it

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will be dry. In the afternoon we should seize sunshine coming back

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out and temperatures climbing to about 8 degrees. With those clear

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skies, tomorrow night it will be freezing cold with temperatures in

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the coldest spots potentially down to -6 or -7. Thursday should be

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decent but it turns cloudier and milder later in the week. That is it

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from me but coming up next is the national picture. Good evening. But

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frost or not of frost, that is the weather question for tomorrow and

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the answer is no, probably not because of this weather front that

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is slipping south from Scotland, maybe towards the south-west where

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we might have one or two pockets of clearer skies. The real cold air is

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in the north, behind that cold front and that will be as significant as

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we move into Thursday morning. It means that overnight temperatures

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will stay just above freezing with the exception in parts of Scotland.

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Around

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