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The future of Millwall Football Club looks safe tonight after plans

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to buy up the land immediately around the stadium were shelved.

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BBC London learned that the council will hold an independent review

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into the controversial plans to redevelop the area

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and rename it New Bermondsey as Sarah Harris reports.

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Hundreds of children from local South London schools are coached

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in the community sports hall run by Millwall Football Club's trust.

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An official document to force out the project made it look

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We've only reached this victory through public pressure,

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through the sheer force of online pressure against the council.

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This is Millwall fans, but also fans of other football

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I've always said this is not just football's fight,

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It wasn't just the trust that was under threat.

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A compulsory purchase order also meant local

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businesses would have to move, all in the name of a regeneration

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that would bring thousands of new homes to the area.

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Many couldn't understand why the two couldn't live together.

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We are a little bit sceptical about news that comes

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from Lewisham Council, but it's been a complete nightmare

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for three or four years, total uncertainty for us in terms

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It's not just the cafe, we have the fish unit next door,

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one of London's leading wholesale fish businesses.

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The lack of ability to plan to upgrade our unit has made

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The euphoria of a recent 3-0 FA Cup win is matched by some Millwall

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In a statement, Lewisham Council's Cabinet said it is now not

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proceeding with any compulsory purchase order on the new

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Any decision in the future will be wholly new.

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It's something many local politicians welcomed,

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after questions over details of the proposals went unanswered.

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They believe this means an improved regeneration can now begin.

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To give certainty to the Football Club that they can stay in Lewisham,

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It means the Millwall Community Scheme can continue to operate

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in the local area and it will mean that the youth academy is saved.

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It also means we can re-evaluate this development,

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we can get more social housing, more affordable housing,

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This is great news for Millwall, great news for the fans and great

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news for all those people that have been in touch with me on this issue.

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I'm grateful for their support for such a fantastic community asset.

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There are plenty of hoops to jump through before any

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But the club and its community organisation believe now they can

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The laws which ban sexist dress rules at work aren't

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being enforced properly, according to a group of MPs.

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It follows the case of a woman from London who was sent home

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from her job at an accountancy firm for not wearing high heeled shoes,

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while the same company had no dress code for men.

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When MPs began to investigate the story, they were inundated

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with complaints from women with similar experiences.

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The receptionist who wouldn't give in.

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Nicola Thorpe refused to wear heels between two and four inches high.

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She kept her flat shoes on, was sent home without pay and now

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The report is great, because it doesn't just

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This was never just about a pair of shoes.

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It's about how women were viewed in the workplace

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that there is so much pressure on women to not just

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look professional, but to look attractive.

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MPs heard from hundreds of women who said they'd hurt their backs,

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were in crippling pain and thought being forced to wear

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So now there's a call for awareness campaigns and bigger

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I'm really pleased, there are a lot of people wearing flat shoes now,

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which is the fashion, that it should be.

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You shouldn't have too tough around in high heels if you don't want to.

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Dress code at work have to comply with health and safety regulation

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to reduce the risk of injury and with the equality act,

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While there are likely to be differences between the way men

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and women present themselves, what is required should be

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reasonable, and that applies to hair and make-up, too.

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The Government says what happened to Nicola Thorpe over

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But MPs have found the pressure on women is widespread and most

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would like to see something done about it.

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I think looking smart is very subjective.

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Wearing flat shoes doesn't necessarily make you look not smart.

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If I feel comfortable wearing heels, I will.

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I think there is a feeling that wearing high heels is more

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I would be very put off working for that company.

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I like to wear heels, it makes me feel perhaps

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Jane advises companies on how to treat their employees and says

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What they do is they think heels are very smart.

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What they need to do, what is reasonable,

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Here are some examples of smart shoes, of all varieties

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The campaign over high heels has highlighted the tyranny some

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women feel subjected to over their appearance.

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MPs are saying more still needs to be done to make sure

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they can step in to work in the shoes they choose.

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Three people, including a child, have died in a fire at a remote

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who were called yesterday morning to the property near Reigate.

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It's not yet known what caused the fire -

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but it's believed to have started on Monday night.

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Ask any working parent in the capital about the cost

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of childcare and they'll probably tell you how expensive it is.

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City Hall has come up with a scheme to help parents borrow a lump sum

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It works like a season ticket loan coming out

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of monthly salaries - but tax free.

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Here's our political correspondent Karl Mercer.

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When you're this old, bunny ears and bubbles

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are a bit more important than to bank balances.

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But it's what happens when their parent go back to work

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that the mayor has tried to address today.

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He says parents need help finding a deposit for a nursery place.

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So he's offering loans to all workers under his control

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to do just that and encouraging other firms to follow suit.

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We know many parents face a barrier, starting a new job

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90% of childcare providers in London charge fees and deposits in advance

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Any financial help, especially with twins, is amazing.

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It would mean that a lot of people who'd would be struggling

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because you've spent all your maternity leave

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and pay and you might be able to go back to work.

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One of the reasons it's difficult to go back to work is you don't

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have the cash to pay for the deposit upfront.

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There is a nursery that is offering a half-price discount

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But that's just to reserve the place.

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A lot of my friends are freelance as well and can't get the work.

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They need the outlay for the childcare first,

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but then they can't get the childcare if they haven't got

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the word guaranteed, so it's a bit of a Catch-22 for freelancers.

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On average, London parents have to pay about ?1500 deposit

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to get their child into a nursery and the overall cost is around

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?2200 higher each year than elsewhere in the country.

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The deposits can be up to ?1,000 - ?1,500, but the big issue

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to challenge and tackle is the high cost of childcare in London

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for parents, to allow them to be in work and stay in work.

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Many businesses do offer workers loans to help

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The money is paid back over the course of a year.

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But those representing smaller firms warn against putting too much burden

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Of course, small businesses care about the cost of living

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They care also about the cost of doing business.

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Even though they would get the money back eventually,

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the problem is finding that money up front, because, for many smaller

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businesses, on tight margins, they just don't have a spare however

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many thousands of pounds that it would be to take part in this.

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Which will be a problem for plenty of smaller firms,

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the Mayor hoping the bigger ones follow his lead.

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In many places it was foggy all day. It was cloudy, great, cold, damp,

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pretty miserable. Tomorrow, we can add some wind to that, which will

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make it feel even colder. But, with a subtle change in the wind

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direction, a south-easterly, it should hopefully prevent the fog

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from forming. It's not going to be too widespread. It is going to be a

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cloudy night, a cold night with lows below freezing in places and a

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frost. It is going to be a great, icy start tomorrow morning and still

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a little bit damp. That south-easterly breeze, noticeable,

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that will add to the chill factor tomorrow. One good thing to point

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out is that as we go through the day it is going to help push the cloud

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further north. Really to the south of the Thames we should start to get

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some sunshine into the afternoon. To the north and west it will stay

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rather cloudy, grim and grey, and cold. Temperature perhaps on your

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thermometer will say one or four degrees, add on the strength of the

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wind and it will feel more like -1 or -4 in some places. A bitterly

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cold afternoon. It will be a short, sharp shock, the change of wind

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direction. As we move out of Thursday and into Friday, the wind

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changes to more of a southerly. Perhaps the risk of a fume or

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showers. A little less cold. Let's take a look at the Outlook towards

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the weekend. Good evening. If you think it was

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cold today, for many it will be colder still tomorrow. Cold even

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when we have the sunshine today. This was one of the wonderful

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weather watcher pictures we had sent in from Cornwall. It contrasts with

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a cloudy and foggy eastern half of the country, and a bank of cloud.

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Still foggy, but it is starting to lift. It is being pushed north and

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west, this bank of cloud. That will continue through the night. We will

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still have some fog sitting on the

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