17/01/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.

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She famously said "Brexit means Brexit" and today Theresa May

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explained how she intends to make that happen.

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So what could the Prime Minister's announcement mean for the capital?

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You have been looking into this in terms of London. Yes, because in

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terms of Brexit London is quite a tricky area for the Prime Minister

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as we know, most Londoners overall were in favour of staying in the EU.

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For now her job is really to convince those 60% of Londoners that

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are unhappy about leaving that this isn't going to cause them any harm,

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especially when it comes to three main areas. Three questions. First

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the single market which concerns free movement of labour, goods,

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services and capital so leaving the single market, of course it raises

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big questions, what will the cost of that be to London? Then the question

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of immigration, controls on EU nationals working here, close to a

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million of them work here at the moment. This will have huge

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implications for them and of course the economy here in London. Then

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also transition, how long will this process be? The Prime Minister said

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today that it would be a phased implementation rather than a

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cliff-edge decision and that's really to give businesses the chance

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to adjust to these changes and make sure they aren't hit hard. What

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about political reaction here? The capital? Of course lots of different

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views on this today. We spoke to two London MPs who had very different

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opinions on the Prime Minister's plans.

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I believe that we'll still be doing billions of pounds worth

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We still have great services, great goods to be able to sell to Europe.

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That will still happen even after leaving the EU's internal market.

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We have no guarantees at all about what the future

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of the City of London looks like, what the future is for financial

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services in the City of London and I think that's

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We hear rumours of banks wanting to relocate to other financial

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centres in Europe and I don't think the Prime Minister said anything

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at all today that will reassure the City of London in any way.

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Two very different opinions. But what bt people who live and work in

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London? Today our political editor went out to gauge the mood in east

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London. Should we come out

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of the single market? Word had reached many

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about the PM's speech. But we prompted them anyway: What do

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you think about coming out It's about people growing up

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and getting on with it and we'll What do you think about coming out

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of the single market? Coming out is going to be

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detrimental in terms of pension, cost of living

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and it's uncomfortable. You have changed

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your mind, have you? I changed my mind.

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If we voted again I would stay. The Prime Minister says

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the economy's getting better or hasn't been as bad

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as people said. We are not out completely

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yet, we just started. Down the road in Canary Wharf

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here was one gloomy outlook. London makes and sells financial

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products to the world at least 20% If we can't sell those products

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to those people we take an economic hit and potentially that's quite

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a big hit. Here was another view

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in the City today. We now know what the negotiation

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stance of the Government is going to be, that gives

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the opportunity for people to have much more certainty over the next

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couple of years and they can actually start to

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plan for the future. Back at the market

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that other issue... The average person like myself,

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the ordinary man in the street wants Brexit must mean control

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of the number of people who come I think to the ordinary,

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average person in the street that is the most important

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thing to us. If people are coming and we haven't

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got the jobs for them We have to have some kind

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of control in no matter what. Aren't they coming because

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there are jobs here? Never mind Roman, it's what the EU's

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done for us, or not done for us, There are calls for the Mayor

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to take urgent action - after fresh concerns over the safety

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of the Notting Hill Carnival. A new report claims the event

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is becoming increasingly violent But others say Europe's largest

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street festival is still much safer After 50 years, a new report says

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it is at tipping point. Carnival might seem a long way away

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on a cold January day, but it is already in the forefront

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of some people's minds. A report out today says

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they are worried about overcrowding, a rise in violent incidents,

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and they say the trust that runs it One person who has experienced

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the violence first-hand is Joe. He was stabbed in

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the arm last Carnival. Initially I thought,

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why did I get punched in the arm? As I looked at my arm,

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there was blood spurting I just held on to the wound

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and started to run. It could have happened to anybody,

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so it can definitely be safer. I would like it to be

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safer so no-one else Crowd surges like this last year

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made those who policed The Met say each year

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they come close to major Overcrowding, yes it is dreadful

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around Ladbroke Tube Station and further up All

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Saints Road and so on. If there was an incident,

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goodness knows how any help would be Violent crime is not

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particular to Carnival, and there is some suggestion that

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out of one million visitors, the 151 violent incidents means it

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affects relatively few. We want it going on

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for another 50 years. Another point out of the report

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is that the festival is run by some great people,

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some volunteers, but by their own admission,

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the trust needs more support. Although it is easy to say it needs

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to be safer, how do you do it? His team say they have

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already commissioned It is still good and I enjoy it,

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the music is great. But, I mean, there is

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also a downside to it. This report builds pressure to make

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this year's Carnival In an exclusive interview

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with the BBC, a childhood friend of George Michael says he believes

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a cocktail of hard drugs and anti-depressants may

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have been responsible Andros Georgiou was in the process

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of reconciling with him after a falling-out -

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and says he was one of the nicest It's been more than three weeks

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since George Michael passed away, leaving his friends,

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family and fans bereft. Now a close friend, Andros Georgiou,

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has spoken for the first time. The George I know was a very private

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person, an incredibly generous person and one of the nicest people

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you could ever meet. George Michael was found dead

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at his home on Christmas Day. On 29th December a postmortem

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examination proved inconclusive and so further tests

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are being carried out. But Andros Georgiou believes

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drugs played a part I just think that he took

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too much of something, mixed with the anti-depressants

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and other drugs he I think his heart

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just stopped beating. The ex-music producer says this is

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despite the singer being in rehab. He was actually in that Swiss clinic

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for three years before he came out and then -

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but he had stopped all And he was trying to lead a normal

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life again and I just believe This interview raises more

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questions than answers and here at George Michael's home

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in Highgate fans have continued But more than three

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weeks after his death, I will say good night now and leave

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you with Wendy with the weather. Thank you. It really was a beautiful

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day with blue skies overhead that slowly went pink and yellow and

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orange as the sun set. Tonight we go in with clear skies, so it's going

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to be feeling cold and frosty. In fact, that frost is starting to form

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already. Hence, the blue tinge to the map. We

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have light winds so the cold air gets really cold and we could see

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lows of minus four in Gatwick, maybe even lower. You can see this cloud

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around, first thing tomorrow it's frosty. That cloud is going to come

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and go through the next few days. It might mean we don't get the benefit

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of the sunshine. The further away from London tomorrow it will make it

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feel even colder. The further south-east the more chance you have

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of seeing some sunshine. Still a chilly day. You can see towards the

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end of the week we are going to have plenty of cloud around and into the

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weekend. I think it will break up from time to time. Staying settled

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still. from time to time. Staying settled

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still. Nick has the national forecast this evening.

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Hello. If you are watching the football earlier it turned out to be

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an evening for football fans in Lincolnshire. This is how it looked

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at the start of the day. No idea whether this weather watcher is a

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football fan, it's a fan of weather that matters here. All sorts of

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