21/03/2017 London News


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He was the man accused of "a sweetheart deal"

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with the Government to scrap plans to raise council tax by 15%

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which would have triggered a local referendum.

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Today, an attempt to oust David Hodge, the leader

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of Surrey County Council, failed. Helen Catt has the story.

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It was the backroom row that became embarrassingly public

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Could the Prime Minister explain the difference between a sweetheart

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The substance of what he is asking is, has there been a particular deal

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with Surrey County Council that is not available

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Today, the man who caused his leader to squirm was unrepentant.

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In Surrey, he faced down a vote of no confidence

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Liberal Democrat opponents pointed to miss-sent text messages

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which sparked rumours of a sweetheart deal,

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and to a secret recording leaked to this programme.

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I think talk of secret deals and gentlemen's agreements doesn't

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In the end, his fellow councillors backed David Hodge 47-8,

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his future, it seems, secure, although he didn't

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want to speak to us this evening after the meeting.

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This was the last full meeting of Surrey council before

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elections on May 4th, and as several councillors

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observed this morning, that is when we will get the final

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verdict on this episode from the voters.

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Scotland Yard is facing two separate investigations tonight.

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Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has been asked

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to look into how the Met handled allegations of electoral fraud

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and malpractice in Tower Hamlets, while a whistleblower is claiming

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the force used hackers in India to spy on campaigners.

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Remind us what this relates to? Remember these chaotic scenes in

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Tower Hamlets, when Lutfur Rahman was re-elected as mayor? There has

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been criticism since then that the Met failed to get involved in

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investigations of fraud in the run-up to polling day for this

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election. In 2015, Lutfur Rahman was removed from office. He was found

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guilty of electoral fraud at a special High Court hearing, but no

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one has faced any woman or prosecution. Just last month, the

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London Assembly accused the Met of major failings and today, the deputy

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mayor for policing has written to HMI sea and asked them to look into

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the Met's own investigation. That has been welcomed by some in Tower

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Hamlets. Up to 2014 and the immediate

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aftermath, the police We saw, far too often,

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letters ignored, letters unopened, requests for action,

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nothing being done. We need justice to be seen to be

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done and we need justice delivered and we need

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closure on this matter. We mentioned another investigation,

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allegations that the Met hacked e-mails of environmental

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campaigners? That's right, the IPCC is looking into claims that the Met

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used hackers in India to target campaigners including some from

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Greenpeace. This came to light rather mysteriously in an e-mail

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sent to Baroness Jenny Jones. She explained what was said.

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The letter alleged that the Metropolitan Police had been

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hacking illegally into e-mails of people who were not criminals,

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were not serious criminals by any stretch of the imagination,

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It struck me that it was something we really don't expect

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our police force to do, and that we have to stop.

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So very serious stuff, and if true, this hacking would be unlawful.

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Azman communications can only be hacked to combat major crime or

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terrorism and then you'd express permission from the Home Secretary.

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Scotland Yard tonight told us these allegations are deeply troubling.

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The Met says it will provide the IPCC with its fullest possible

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support. It's a move welcomed by motorists,

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but one that's angered They're facing a ban on overtaking

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along stretches of the M11 in Essex. The restrictions, being introduced

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next week, are to improve the flow of traffic,

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especially around Stansted Airport. Our transport correspondent

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Tom Edwards has the story. As we found out today on the M11,

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it does not take long to get stuck It can be frustrating

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for others and cause Now, on a section of the M11

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just outside London, overtaking by lorries

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will be banned. The lorry ban will take place

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on this section of the M11 between 7am and 7pm

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on the uphill sections. What is really interesting

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is the wider picture and what it Congestion is a huge issue.

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This is the M25, where they are using the hard shoulder

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to try and reduce delays. With more vehicles on our roads,

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the authorities are now looking at cheaper solutions

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to free up capacity. The overtaking ban on the M11

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will be between junctions eight at Stansted Airport

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and junction nine. If you get stuck behind a massive

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queue of trucks all going at 40 mph, it makes quite an impact and there's

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going to be a long queue of traffic. All lorries do 56 miles an hour, and

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some are slower. You are going to have a long queue of traffic which

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will make it worse. You have different weights

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and loads, and if there's a slight incline, it can slow you down

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and you can probably get stuck Motoring groups have

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welcomed this ban. It should start by the end

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of the month, and it probably A whirl of cream with unusual

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toppings - and a recreation That's what we can expect

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to see in one of London's Today, the latest commissions that

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will grace the fourth plinth were announced -

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and Alice Bhandhukravi has been It's quite literally one

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of the biggest platforms an artist can get in one of London's

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most famous sites. The fourth plinth in

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Trafalgar Square has been home to many exciting projects over

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the years, from the ship in the Today, it was revealed the current

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thumbs up will be replaced by two A reproduction of an ancient Iraqi

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treasure destroyed by Isis, and a dollop of cream

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with a cherry on top. Trafalgar Square is a special place,

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a place of heritage, a place where democracy,

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happens and it is a bold move for the city to place

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in that space a piece People have responded

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to the idea of it. The winning entries are both

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in their own way political statements on the era

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we are living in. I've been reconstructing the

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artefacts looted from the museum. Unfortunately, that project has

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grown to include the archaeological sites destroyed in the

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aftermath of the Iraq war. Thinking of cream as this

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celebratory but unstable substance, and then adding the cherry,

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you know, it has this very jubilant thrust into the air that maybe harks

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back to Nelson's Column somewhere There are also elements creeping

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in that perhaps suggest something more malevolent,

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something more sinister. Both artists have plenty of time

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to complete their full scale works. The ancient Iraqi treasure

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will replace the huge thumbs up next March,

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followed by the giant dollop Finally, how George Clooney

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surprised an 87-year-old fan He unexpectedly turned

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up at her care home in Sonning with flowers

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for her birthday. Staff had written to the actor,

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who lives nearby, saying it would make her dreams come true

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if he popped in. They wrote a letter,

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I believe, and sat and waited, I know the flowers won't last

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for ever, but the card will. That's it for now from me,

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but let's find out what We had probably the best day of the

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week today in terms of sunshine. For the rest of this week, it is staying

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chilly and I will be when times. The low pressure is spending a few days

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with us. It will lead in later tonight. For the time being, we have

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dry and clear conditions, with a bit of a breeze blowing again. You might

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just get to work without the use of the Bromley, but keep one with you

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because this rain pushes up from the south-west of the north as we go

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through the day -- keep a brolly with you. Feeling chilly tomorrow,

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temperatures resolutely in single figures. When you factor in the rain

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and wind, it will feel quite chilly. A murky start to Thursday. But on

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the outlook, you can see things gradually improve through Friday and

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Heavy rain, snow and ice are all in the forecast once again. It was

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quite a wintry scene today, especially in Scotland. Some very

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cold looking winter skies here, and we had some snow falling at times in

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West Lothian. For a while earlier today, there were quite a few

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showers running through central Scotland, all in that cold air.

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Right now, we have two areas of cloud, one in northern Scotland and

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this deepening area bringing heavy rain into south-west England and

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Wales overnight, with snow over the hills. That wetter weather will move

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into the cold, icy weather in Scotland, so we could see snow over

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the hills in Scotland. Eastern parts of England will be dry, clear and

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chilly. The lowest temperatures will become Scotland, especially where we

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have that covering of snow. Quite icy conditions overnight and into

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the morning. Further south, if we get some snow moving

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