30/03/2017 London News


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Good evening. I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A defiant former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has appeared before

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a Labour Party misconduct panel - saying he has nothing

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to apologise for - after making controversial comments

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Last year, speaking on BBC Radio London,

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Mr Livingstone claimed that Hitler "collaborated" with

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If found guilty, he could be thrown out of the party -

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Here's our political correspondent, Karl Mercer.

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This was the scene in Westminster a year ago.

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Ken Livingstone at the centre of a media scrum over

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comments he made earlier on BBC Radio London's

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It is completely over the top to try and dismiss it.

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Let's remember, when Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy

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then was Jews should be moved to Israel.

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He was supporting Zionism before he went mad.

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Opponents labelled the comments anti-Semitic and Livingstone

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Berated that morning by angry fellow MP John Mann.

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This morning London's former mayor turned up at a Labour Party

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disciplinary hearing, which will rule if he will be

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He was asked if he will apologise for those comments.

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If you look at the Jewish Chronicle website that day, it states I said

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Hitler was a Zionist, it states I said Jews

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He again defended his words of a year ago.

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I simply said that back in 1933 Hitler's Government signed a deal

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with the Zionist movement which would mean that

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Germany's Jewish community were moved to what is now Israel.

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That's very different to saying Hitler supporter Zionism.

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The meeting's being held behind closed doors, taking evidence

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Ken's consistent failure to recognise the hurt,

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pain and the offence he's caused within the Jewish community

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and to Holocaust survivors in the UK make it clear that can be no future

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for somebody in the Labour Party who has such an appalling disregard

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and lack of sensitivity around these issues.

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There's no point hanging around today.

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The hearing is scheduled to last two days.

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A Christian nurse sacked by the NHS after offering

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to pray for patients - is claiming she was

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Sarah Kuteh was dismissed from Darent Valley Hospital

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in Dartford, for what was described as "gross misconduct".

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One complaint from a cancer patient, claimed that the nurse had told him

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he would have a better chance of survival if he prayed.

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There is a line that is not distinct yet.

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She was sacked after ignoring warnings following

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Patients say she preached and made them feel awkward.

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Governors at a school in Lambeth have tonight been discussing

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whether to issue masks for its pupils.

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London won't have seen anything like it since

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the Second World War, but these masks are to

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An over-reaction - or a sensible step that could be copied?

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Could this mask be the future for children in London?

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Today, Archbishop Sumner School in Lambeth discussed

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whether to introduce them to pupils to help limit the effects

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The real concern as a parent and from the other parents around

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here is not enough is being done to address diesel fumes

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We are looking to see if there is a way we can help

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parents find better routes to school, to invest in masks

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Nine-year-old Henry thinks it's a good idea.

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He has asthma and his mum uses backroads to take him to school

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He says he wishes fewer people used cars.

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When I'm walking to school I get wheezy and I start to cough

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and all the car fumes go into my lungs and it makes it

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Earlier this year the mayor announced toxic air audits would be

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carried out at 50 primary schools in some of the most polluted areas

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in London, including at this school in the city,

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to help the schools work out how to better protect pupils.

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But in the latest stats from City Hall, it was found 360

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primary schools are in areas that are exposed to dangerous levels

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Experts say much more must be done to tackle the problem.

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ClientEarth is calling for the lower emission zone to cover

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We are talking about minute particles, less than a 20th

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What we need to focus on is ensuring the air is clean for everyone

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to breathe without resorting to things like mask.

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We need to tackle emissions from road transport,

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especially diesel vehicles, which are known to

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The mayor has said he is committed to improving air quality in London

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and will make a further announcement next week.

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For many, the time has come to take the problem

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After spending over 200 years making ammunition and explosives

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for Britain's Armed Forces, the former Royal Arsenal munitions

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factory in Woolwich has taken another significant step forward

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It's been given the go-ahead to create hundreds of jobs

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It'll rival the South Bank and we sent Yvonne Hall to take a look.

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His Majesty visits one of our great arms factories to see for himself

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how Mr Herbert Morrison's go-to-it policy is operating.

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King George VI on a morale-boosting visit

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Work here was crucial to supplying troops

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in the Boer War and both world wars, but gradually arms

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Now Greenwich council plans to turn the

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site into a major arts and entertainment complex.

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This is an amazing courtyard at the back of the

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ammunition factory and it will be an outdoor event space.

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We will be able to have, for example,

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Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, we will be

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able to have dance here, we can bring in seating, if necessary.

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The ?31 million development won council approval

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It includes theatres, music venues and artists' spaces.

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This is the biggest factory on the site

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Women used to fill gun cartridges here with TNT.

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It turned their skin yellow and many died

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The council has discovered this building has amazing

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acoustics and they will hold orchestral performances

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Local historians are delighted they will

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If they bring these buildings back into the public realm

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and ensure people will be able to get into them and the type of

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It was the warmest day of the year so far, wonderful spring sunshine

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out and about, but it will turn cooler over the next 24 hours. It's

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17 Celsius in the centre of town, with the southerly wind bringing

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quite a bit of clouding. There could be an odd isolated light shower

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across western areas overnight. For most of us, a dry night. Pictures

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drifting slowly down to 11-12. Tomorrow, a cold front pushes across

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the region in the morning. It will bring cloud and a few spots of rain

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in Hampshire. By the time it pushes across the Southeast it will be so

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weak, it could stay entirely dry. It's uncertain we will see much in

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the way of rain. As we head into the afternoon the cloud breaks up and we

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will see sunshine. Not quite as warm us today, 17 LCF is good for the

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time of year. The chance of a shower on

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time of year. The chance of a shower on Saturday. Sunday will be dry.

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Hello, it will cool off over the next few days but that's not

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unusual, given how warm it was today. This was London. We just had

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the warmest March day since 2012, 20 two Celsius in the Sunnis skies in

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the south-east. It was much warmer than recently in north-eastern

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Scotland, but in between we had a zone of outbreaks of rain. It's

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pretty wet in south-west Scotland and North West England at the

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moment. This was the scene earlier, with rainy skies. There's more rain

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to come overnight. We could see a few splashes running eastwards into

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England, but most of the wet weather is further west. We will see heavy

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rain arriving in Northern Ireland.

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