28/03/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News with me, Victoria Hollins.

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The Mayor has told the European Union not

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to try and "instil fear" in the Brexit negotiations.

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Sadiq Khan was giving a key note speech to politicians and business

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He warned it will be a major mistake if the EU tries to "punish" the UK.

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From Brussels he travelled to Paris this afternoon where we can join our

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political editor Tim Donovan. The men met his opposite number this

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afternoon? Yes, arriving in Paris the thought was immediately security

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and, the Socialist mayor of Paris met him for trade and said

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immediately off the platform, I'm sorry for what happened in London.

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But other theme has been Brexit and how London steers a course through

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it. At City Hall the Mayor of Brussels

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offered his condolences We are together, together

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we will face this crisis situation that happened in Brussels last year,

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and in London this year. You could tell a lot about London

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from those who are injured, Italy, South Korea, China

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and the United States. And the capital had gained a lot

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from membership of the EU. The EU has funded regeneration

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in the poorest communities It's introduced vital workers'

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rights and enhanced social welfare. Its entrenched equal pay the rights

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of women throughout Europe. It's made us safer,

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through cross-border policing, the European Arrest Warrant,

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intelligence sharing But the Mayor also warned

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today of a punitive That could hurt London,

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yes, but also backfire Because companies would flee

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to New York, Hong Kong, Singapore. There's no need, as some have

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suggested, for the EU to send a message or to instil fear

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by punishing the UK. So who did he have in

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mind here in Brussels Was it the European Parliament's

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chief negotiator? Was it the president

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of the European Parliament? I've seen no evidence

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during the meetings this morning morning and yesterday,

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of any wish on the part of the European Union

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to punish the UK or our citizens Before, we need a divorce,

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and then the United Kingdom If we have a different

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position from London, but its UK's decision

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for the future. The mayor was, it seems, referring

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to the president of the commission, Jean-Claude Juncker,

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and reports he wanted to make example of the UK,

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but apparently he too showed no Why did you bring up the issue

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of people perhaps punishing the UK and London if it doesn't appear that

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anyone here wants to? Well I read the newspapers,

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like you do, and I listen to journalists,

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like you do, and often you're You wanted to get clarity

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from the president of London voters decided to vote

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to remain in the European Union. The important thing is when that

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Prime Minister serves the article 50 notice tomorrow,

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we've heard from the European Union they'll negotiate in good faith

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and in a friendly manner. A day of handshakes and warmth

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on all sides, but not much he could learn for sure about how

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it's all going to turn out Interesting that the Mayor has

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chosen to be in Paris when Article 50 is triggered. It is making quite

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a point, isn't it? I suppose from his point of view he doesn't feel he

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needs to be in London. It is a continent of capitals, he's saying,

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they are all very close. Tomorrow he will appear alongside the Brazilian

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Mayor and they will make a joint announcement about air quality and

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that is a sign they will be co-operating in that area after

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Brexit. He wants to see as -- be seen as on that despite Brexit will

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carry on promoting London and telling everyone London will be OK,

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it will come through this, it might be a struggle but we will find a

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way. Today he was also making clear that he wants to fight without fear

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or favour for a good deal for London, whether it's in Brussels or

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anywhere else. Thank you, Tim. Next - could something as simple

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as gut bacteria slow the progression of Motor Neurone Disease -

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which kills more than half of those Well, scientists in London have been

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given more than a million pounds to investigate

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whether there's a connection. It's frustration, as far as being

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able to do certain simple tasks, Alan Wright has

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Motor Neurone Disease. He says every day he can still walk

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and talk is a blessing. The former IT director

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can't use his right arm any more, and he knows

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the disease is spreading. It's just a slowly progressive

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disease affecting my right arm, I've still got some

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movement with my hand. My left arm is slowly

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going the same way. My mobility is still OK,

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but that eventually will be It's just a case

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of how long it takes. Every person is different and it's

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not knowing how this disease is going to manifest itself

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in the weeks and months to come. So I cannot plan for anything,

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I don't know which part Doctors have told Alan nobody knows

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exactly what causes MND, it's a progressive neurological

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disorder leading to weakness There are more than 5000 people

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like Alan in the UK suffering It kills more than a third

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of patients within a year of diagnosis and more than half

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within two years, but now researchers say there is new hope

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of slowing the progression of the disease and they believe

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the solution may lie in patients' What we'll be looking

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at is the connection between the bacteria in your gut

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and how it influences the cells in the brain that

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control information. We know that those cells are very

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important for Motor Neurone Disease and potentially very important

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for other diseases like Doctor Sharma's now been

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given a research grant of more than ?1 million

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from the Reta Lila Weston Trust and hopes to have results

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in four years' time. Alan knows it may be too late

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to help him but hopes I don't know if it will help me

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in the short-term, but at the end of the day if it will be beneficial

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for people in the future, Security at Windsor Castle

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is being stepped up for the Changing the Guard ceremony,

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following the Westminster New barriers are being used

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to secure the procession route, Marc Ashdown spent the day

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in Windsor and sent this report. A necessary precaution

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or security overkill? The people of Windsor awoke this

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morning to find a ring of steel surrounding the castle,

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barriers at various It follows last week's attack

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in Westminster that wasn't prompted by any specific

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imminent threat here. Windsor Castle is one

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of the country's most popular tourist attractions,

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one of the main draws? In April it happens four times

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a week, the public get within touching distance

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of the guard. These barriers will only be closed

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during the ceremony itself, but the new protection measures have

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received a mixed reaction. I don't know if these

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are actually necessary, but if they think they're necessary

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and they're going to prevent people attacking, then that's

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what we have to have this. It's better than what was before,

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which was just a car in the middle of the road at an angle

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across the road, a police car, and that wouldn't have

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probably stopped something Thames Valley Police's responsible

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for security at Changing the Guard. They told us in a statement

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they believe all this is They also say this is consistent

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with security deployments in London. The council insists Windsor is safe

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and it's business as usual, but these barriers are a reminder

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that although the show must go on, when it comes to security,

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nothing can be left to chance. A celebrated painting

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by Thomas Gainsborough vandalised at the National Gallery just

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over a week ago, has Scratches and an x-mark were cut

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into The Morning Walk, but the canvas wasn't ripped,

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and so experts have been able Well, we're thrilled

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that the painting's back on the wall so quickly,

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thanks to the work of our conservation department,

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the conservatator Paul Ackroyd was able to get to work

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on this extremely quickly. He actually came in over the weekend

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to start the work of repairing the damage and he's done

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a magnificent job. So I think the painting

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looks as good as new. That's it for now from me,

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but lets find out what the weather's Thank you. A warm day today, 19 in

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the sunshine but it turned cloudy in the afternoon. Tonight cloudy with

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spits and spots of rain or drizzle. But mild, 9-10. Tomorrow looks like

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it will be mild but rather cloudy. This limited amount of sunshine, but

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I think mainly dry, after a damp start it will stay pretty cloudy.

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Maybe a bit of rain to the North, a few holes breaking in the cloud to a

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lifeless and brightness. Top temperature 16 degrees. Southerly

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winds on Thursday means we will tap into some of the warmth from the

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near continent. It could be the warmest day of the year so far this.

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Mainly dry, rather cloudy but given some sunshine we could eat 20, 21

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maybe even 22. Into Friday the weekend, turning a little cooler. We

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could see sunshine and showers at times, but fairly mild for the time

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of year. This stay tuned for the national

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of year. This stay tuned for the national weather forecasts with John

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