05/04/2017 London News


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The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, says there'll be

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a new investigation into the former Mayor, Ken Livingstone,

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over his comments he has repeated about Hitler and Zionism.

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Last night, he was suspended from the party for another year.

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Tonight, on this programme, Mr Livingstone said he had been

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grossly misrepresented and accused some Labour MP's of "tweeting lies."

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The moment Ken Livingstone linked Hitler with Zionism

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Remember when Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy

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then was that Jews should be moved to Israel, he was supporting

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He was later suspended from the Labour Party

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Yesterday, an internal Labour Party hearing concluded he had broken

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party rules and was suspended for another year.

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A decision that didn't go far enough for this Labour MP for Hampstead

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and Kilburn who represents more than 8,000 Jewish people.

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Ken Livingstone has repeatedly been insulting the Jewish

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community for years now, it's time that he was

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There's outrage, there's bitter disappointment.

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There's a lot of anger about why he hasn't been expelled already.

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Last night, Ken Livingstone was unapologetic.

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Do you accept you had poor judgment over the way

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No, if anyone's upset by what I said of course I am sorry but...

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I am not going to apologise for something I didn't say.

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And his supporters took to Twitter to defend him,

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Along with his critics, who called for him to be expelled.

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And one woman ripping up her Labour membership card.

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The Labour leader spoke out today saying there would be

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a new investigation into subsequent comments made by Ken Livingstone.

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I am sending a message to everyone that we do not tolerate

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anti-Semitism in any form in the party and Ken Livingstone's

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remarks have caused offence to people and I think he should

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I also think it would be better if he said no

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At the Jewish cultural centre JW3 party members said

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Unfortunately, we have seen some Jewish Labour Party members resign

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We have also seen lots of Jewish and non-Jewish supporters

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of the Jewish community join the Jewish Labour movement.

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As one disciplinary ends, another begins.

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Well, Tolu Adayoye has spoken to the former Mayor Ken Livingstone

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and asked him what he made of the new investigation.

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Well, basically people just have to go on to the Jewish news website

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from last week where it's got this headline that to expel me

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for comments about the Holocaust would be a mistake.

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It then goes on to explain that what I said was true,

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that I had been misquoted by a lot of quite unpleasant Labour

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MPs claiming I said Hitler was a Zionist.

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There were mistakes on the Jewish Chronicle website

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saying not just that I had said Hitler was a Zionist but that I had

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Well, this 11-month investigation by the Labour bureaucracy hasn't

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found a single shred of evidence to support any of those claims.

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And the reason I wasn't expelled yesterday was because I am sure

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the barrister working for the Labour Party

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would have warned them, look, if you expel Ken Livingstone

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he will go for judicial review and a judge is going to not allow

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someone to be disciplined for stating historical truth.

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Do you accept that what you said did deeply offend some people?

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In the last 11 months two or three Jewish people have come up to say

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why did you say Hitler was a Zionist?

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But almost all the people who come up to me who are Jewish have been

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saying we know what you said is true, don't these

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This doesn't look good for the Labour Party, does it?

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Do you accept that you have compromised them in some way here?

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Well, I came into politics to tell the truth.

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I was never trained to be evasive or duplicitous

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I get invited to do lots of interviews because I

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I can't see any reason for being in politics

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In the wake of the new investigation what action do you plan to take now?

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Well, I wasn't going to make any decision about whether or not

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to challenge my suspension until after the local

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I think it's already damaging to the Labour Party all this

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But if there's to be another inquiry there's no point doing that,

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They'll find the same advice from the lawyers, that, you know,

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you can't discipline someone for stating the truth,

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particularly when you are ignoring all those Labour MPs who have

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As you've been hearing today, the capital came together and stood

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together, just as it did two weeks ago, when the horrific events

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A special service of hope and remembrance was held

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We can join Tarah Welsh, who's outside the Abbey this evening.

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Today people from across the world attended this service today. They

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were friends and families of the victims, they were men and women

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from our emergency services that helped people that day. That day two

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weeks ago had such a huge impact on so many people that the Dean of

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Westminster told us he had to think very carefully before the service. I

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think we had to focus on the actual experience and I did refer to that

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in the sermon. I know that some people, I talked about weeping, we

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weep with those who weep. There were some people who went inevitably. So,

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you take it seriously, really seriously and you Ponder the moment.

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I think that people find that in a way cathartic. Obviously, it's a

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long process as everyone knows, a bereavement is a long process. When

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it's so sudden and unexpected and shocking like that, although there

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may be some sense of pride, especially in relation to the police

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constable, nevertheless, it's a difficult process. One person who

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witnessed his friends being injured in the attack told us he hopes today

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helps with the healing process. It was a horrible situation because we

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didn't know what was happening, we were separated from half our group.

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He was injured on the bridge, we saw the photos journalists had been

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posting of people, Travis I think sustained a broken wrist, and a

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broken rib and broken leg. Owen had a head injury. Today was a service

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of hope and we were told Londoners from all faiths came together to

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grieve but this is still very raw, still only two weeks on, still

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people in hospital and this is a day that many Londoners will never

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forget. Thank you.

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It was from Alexandra Palace's mast that the first

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ever British Television programme was broadcast.

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But today, questions have been raised as to why a planned TV

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heritage museum isn't currently going ahead.

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That's despite a ?27 million publicly funded restoration.

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The restoration work is in full flow.

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By next autumn, this theatre will be open,

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the original features brought back to glory and the possibilities

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endless at what the Victorians called, the People's Palace.

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This part of the ?27 million project will happen

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at Alexandra Palace on time and on budget.

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ARCHIVE: The station goes on the air.

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# A mighty maze of mystic magic rays...# .

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When Adele Dixon sang of the magic mystic rays of television in 1936,

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Ally Pally took its place in history as the location of the world's first

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As part of the redevelopment we were promised a visitor

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attraction with everything from historic kit, to a chance

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to be a newsreader, but there's no more money left,

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If something can't finish, I don't understand, surely it hasn't

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been cleverly planned out then, has it?

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I suppose, I would have thought, if one's restoring Ally Pally

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to what it used to be, its former glory, then that

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part of the plan should definitely go-ahead.

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I was actually trying to raise money for them up here.

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So I have to be up with my bucket again.

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Television and Ally Pally are inseparable, their shared

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history is literally written on the walls here.

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So why is such a key part of the ?27 million

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We're working with a complex historical building,

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against a fixed budget and prices have changed.

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We found things that we didn't expect to find,

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So we're making the right decision, at the right time.

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What they found was problems you'd encounter with any

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restoration project, plus a post-Brexit hike in the price

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of some materials and a shortage of the right people for the job.

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It's very easy if you were in today's modern society,

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if you want to replace a window, you'd probably put

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I think with the scale of the windows here,

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is you're trying to find, you know, joiners who understand

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Victorian joinery and how wood was joined together,

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but trying to find them in today's environment is extremely difficult.

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The redevelopment team says they chose the theatre over

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the television project because it was closer to completion,

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but they promised that Alexandra Palace will see

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So while they build what they can now, the battle to raise

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That's it from me. I will hand you over to Stav with a look at the

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weather. I hear a warm weekend to come? That's right, maybe touches 22

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degrees on Sunday. It's been a chilly day today. We had sunshine

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around but we will see the clouds building up through the overnight

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period. For most a blanket of cloud by dawn.

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Temperatures nine in London but cooler than that where skies clear.

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This picture might be optimistic for the morning but generally speaking

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it's going to be cloudy with sunny spells breaking through during the

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afternoon. I am hopeful we should see more sunny spells, if we do we

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will see temperatures reaching 15, maybe 16. The winds remain light.

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That's because we have high pressure in control so benign weather even

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into Friday but as we head to the weekend this is where we will see

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temperatures rise as we pick up more of a southerly wind off the

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continent. Friday, a cloudy start, we should see holes breaking in the

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cloud, pushing temperatures up to 14 or 15. It is sunny towards the

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weekend and we could see the low 20s by

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weekend and we could see the low 20s by Sunday. Here is Darren with the

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national

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