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BBC London has learned that we could be just weeks away
from a "unique" fix to deal with two of London's major problems.
A radical plan is being discussed which could allow our hospitals
to sell off areas of extra land they own - and be allowed
At the same time, the land could be used to build more homes.
The great and the good of London politics, in a room,
talking about more powers and more money for the capital,
The only way we'll make progress in this agenda in the years
ahead is if London speaks with one united voice.
Sadiq Khan wants more of the tax London raises kept here.
Everything from stamp duty and a new tourist tax.
It's a wish list, but BBC London has learned there is a more
Crucially, top officials here at the Treasury are involved.
As are top officials at the Department of Health
It's a deal that means that London's hospitals,
unlike those around the country, will be able to keep
the money they get from selling off spare land.
So instead of handing the money back to the Treasury
as they do at the moment, hospitals will be able to use
the money to reinvest in local health services.
The land could then be used, in conjunction with the mayor,
to build affordable housing for key workers.
It's hoped the deal will oversee the process of selling
It'll be a very significant change, because the estate of hospitals
in London is worth massively more than in any other
It would be an opportunity for using the land values that
are often used in London in the private sector for direct
public sector reinvestment, either in hospital buildings
or potentially in hospital services under stress.
It's understood the deal should be finalised within weeks
The mayor is not prepared to give much away today, however.
I'm not in the business of giving running commentaries.
What I will say is this, I have been impressed
by the conversations I've had with central Government about them
recognising that this isn't about party politics.
It's about recognising that when decisions are made at the coal
Does this give you some hope that you will get further powers
And politicians are normally optimistic if they know there's
An England fan from west London has been sentenced
to ten years in prison - for pushing another man onto
32-year-old Christopher Cole admitted "attempting to cause
The victim was badly bruised but managed to leap out of the way
So President Donald Trump is coming to London to meet the Queen.
We're not sure yet if he'll also visit what he calls
"London's no-go areas" - which he says our police
But today, one of his closest advisors - a preacher -
was in town, and Alice Bhandhukravi met him, and quizzed him.
I invite everyone of you to help me elect the next president of the
United States of America! Donald J Trump! Trump, Trump... The rallying
cry which in the end succeeded. But here in London Pastor Mark Burns
says he's surprised and saddened by the unpopularity of his new
president. He is not as he has been
portrayed in the media. What about Muslim Londoners who may
be concerned about going to America? Because, if your president had his
way, they might not be allowed? The president has not
waged war against Islam. He has suggested that Muslims
are banned from entering This is the media taking bits
and pieces of what it is he said and creating the false narrative
that isn't true. The president has made it clear,
he has done nothing other than President Jimmy Carter did,
by proposing a temporary ban against territories
that are supporting The UK is not supporting or
harbouring any terrorists that are out to do harm to you, or the United
States of America, so obviously the Muslims in this country don't have
anything to worry about. But Mr Trump didn't say that. He didn't
say, except for the good guys. He said, I will consider banning
Muslims from entering the United States, and there was no nuance in
that. Isn't that the problem with Donald Trump? I agree that once
again Donald Trump has made it very clear he is not the polished
politician, he's learning. Donald Trump said something
which upset many Londoners, he said there were many areas
in London that were no-go areas, I have not seen those
areas, but have only seen If you say it isn't true,
being a Londoner, I would Do you believe that Donald Trump is
just misunderstood? He's truly misunderstood and I don't have
anything to gain by saying that. Like most people, only knowing
Donald Trump through the lenses of the media, not his is -- not him as
a person. Now the weather. Quite a tranquil view. Things are
quite mild, as we started off the day it was a cold, frosty start but
those temperatures have been rising through the day, and through the
rest of this evening and overnight we are seeing a lot of cloud around.
That cloud bringing drizzly outbreaks of rain, but for most of
those it set to be frost free first thing on Saturday. Through the day
on Saturday the morning showers should clear away and it will feel
much milder compared to the bitterly cold weather we have seen recently.
You are likely to wake up to great conditions with outbreaks of rain.
By the afternoon a reappearance of some sunshine, 8-9 . It will turn
chilly through into the early hours of Sunday. Perhaps a touch of frost
first thing Sunday. Through the day we are likely to see things turning
pretty wet. Eventually the weather front should push away during the
course of Monday. I'll leave you with an outlook and pursue to my
colleague. Good evening. Not many would argue
that January hasn't been dry, but today, many of us had our first
significant rain for some time, because the transition is on from
cold, Continental dry air to milder Atlantic air, but the transition is
a slow one. So we have had ice today, and freezing fog,