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So today a surprise announcement, tomorrow a vote in the Commons
Almost two years ago, at the last general election,
London voted largely for Labour with traditional support
for the Conservatives in the outer boroughs.
Crucially, the UK voted to leave the EU while London
Our political editor, Tim Donovan reports,
on how the capital's reaction to what's being called,
Across London - north, south, east and west -
surprise proved the order of the day.
I think she needs to get her own mandate from the electorate because,
at the moment, she's got a very slim majority.
Whilst it's going to be a lot about Brexit, but she's still got
domestic issues that she needs to sort out as well.
So, it's going to be an interesting few weeks.
We haven't even been able to know which direction
I mean, there are still talks going on and I just feel
that we should focus on that before we think about elections
Croydon Central was the closest contest last time.
The winner here, by just 165 votes, is now the Tory
If you're honest, with a 165 majority, of two years ago,
now we've had Brexit and so on, just the uncertainty,
does that make it much more difficult for you now?
a lot of people didn't trust that we were actually
going to implement the decision that people took on the 23rd June.
So we've invoked Article 50, the Prime Minister's done exactly
People can see the plan that we have for Britain.
So I think this is the right moment to get a clear mandate that takes us
in those negotiations and allows us to get the best possible
If Labour fancy his seat, they'll also be targeting places
like Harrow East and Hendon, where the Tory lead
is in the low thousands, but what about the Tories smelling
We'll they'll be hopeful that places like Ealing Central, Acton,
Brentford and Isleworth and Ilford North.
Hammersmith is currently held by Labour's spokesman for London
Talking to people in this kebab shop, that seems safe,
despite how the polls are looking nationally.
The Labour is more look after the people.
I think the majority of the people than other parties.
I always went for the Labour Party, to be honest.
So there's no point to change the one at Hammersmith.
I'm just hoping that Labour are going to take over.
Theresa May does not represent the values
She's a divisive politician, she's a backward looking politician
and particularly over Brexit and the way she's handling Brexit,
it means economic and social gloom and doom for this country.
But she's prepared to risk it because she's taken a look
at your leader and she's, presumably, thinking seats
like yours - do you know what, we might just win those.
I think that she's been very badly advised.
I'm pleased that she's been badly advised.
I think that they have become overconfident and they are not
going to get a warm welcome on the doorstep.
This is where we've had one electoral verdict on Brexit already,
Richmond Park, where last December the Lib Dems swept
the Tory, Zac Goldsmith's, 23,000 majority away.
I'd be amazed if she's not worried that the consequences of a hard
Brexit policy are going to become increasingly obvious
to an electorate who are going to think -
hey, we were duped here, and that's going to spell trouble.
So do the Liberal Democrats see a route back via Twickenham,
The Prime Minister has chosen to make the hard Brexit
that she is pursuing the key feature of this general election campaign,
so we will be talking about issues like how important it is for the UK
to stay in the single market and the customs union
because so many millions of jobs depend on them, but we'll also
want to make the NHS a key feature of this campaign.
A media encampment once again in Westminster and six weeks
of combat to come in the capital's 73 constituencies asked to vote
once more, much sooner than they'd expected.
So how does the political map across the capital look
and will Brexit make a difference to where Londoners cast their vote?
Could it influence Londoners as they go to the polls again?
Well, that's the question all the parliamentary candidates
will be trying to answer if a general election does go
Let's take a look at the way things lie at the moment.
Out of London's 73 seats, 45 are Labour, 26 are Conservative
and two are held by the Liberal Democrats.
Obviously, a lot has happened since the last general election,
a little under two years ago, but the biggest political event has
Overall, London voted to remain by just shy of 60%,
which makes the capital at odds with the country as a whole.
The boroughs in yellow voted to stay in the EU,
There's been time for the decision to sink in, so will Brexit
I was a remain campaigner and I'll be looking to support
the Liberal Democrats, I think, for that.
I know that, obviously, there is a lot of debate about it.
I don't really agree with anything the Tories really done lately.
I suppose it's going to make a difference in the way you vote?
I think to have a change of government now would
It does matter, but I don't think you can affect it
So is this the issue that will sway London?
Guess it's hard to see how this can be about anything other than Brexit?
Yes. And much will hinge on the correlation touched on there. What
happens to those Tory MPs. Some on pretty small ha yorts on areas that
subsequently have shown that they backed remain, wanted to stay in the
EU. The Liberal Democrats like Vince Cable licking their lips trying to
come back, eyeing his old seat at Twickenham. Another coalition
member, Ed Davities looking at Kingston. They could be interesting
contests. Funding, NHS, over schools, education over policing are
going to come to the foreat some stage and Labour will want to make
sure that they do. Then there will be this question of Labour and
Labour's leadership. Jeremy Corbyn obviously a London MP and yet, some
recent polling showed his personal approval rating was lower than the
other party leaders. Yet this is where he has lots of members. This
is where he has been able to swell his activist base. You can guarantee
they will run a good campaign if recent history is to go by. Labour
have a good record of holding campaigns not just in general
election but in local Mayoral elections. We will leave it there.
Thank you, Tim Donovan. The new Metropolitan Police
Commissioner has been speaking candidly to BBC London
about the challenges facing Scotland Yard,
including fewer officers policing Cressida Dick also stressed the need
to urgently tackle knife and gun Here's our political
correspondent, Karl Mercer. Congratulations on being the first
female Commissioner. She was here to outline her
priorities in London's They might just have
a few pointers for her. Yeah, don't stand on
the outside looking in. Get involved with the community,
meet some of the locals, talk to some of them,
see what they're into. If the police officers interact more
with the younger generation, then they could prevent more
stabbings and knife Thoughts for Cressida Dick -
or Cress as she likes The Met's Commissioner was out
and about for the cameras today and knows she's taking over a force
where gun and knife crime They are, she says,
at the top of her agenda. We need to educate our young people,
we need to support them, we need to protect them and we need
to make them realise that actually carrying a knife is the worst
and last thing you should be doing and could be the last
thing you do do. The new Commissioner talked today
about building better relations with some communities in London
and back at the gym, A lot of young people
feel like are the police are out to get them,
basically, and they've got a pretty mixed up view
on what the police are there for. They feel that they're chased and,
you know, basically, picked on by this other gang
of people in a uniform. Cressida Dick knows though
she'll have to tackle the problems with less money,
the Met is facing I think we need to become
even more efficient. We need to become
even more productive. I think some of the things we're
doing with technology will allow that, but I think it's possible
that we will have to reduce But I think we could be a smaller
Met just as effective, if not more effective,
in the future. Do you have an idea of the sort
of numbers you're talking about? I know people have talked
about going down to 30,000? I don't have a specific
number in my head. She's honest about the challenges
ahead, now she just I'll say goodnight now
and leave you with Wendy Across London and the Home Counties
the blue bells are out. If you are trying to grow anything else at this
time of year you need warmth and you need a bit of water. Well, places
like this in Coulsdon will be one of the coldest spots tonight. There
won't be much warmth there will be a frost in places. The temperatures
really plummeting out there. Four degrees at Luton already. The wind
are falling lighter coming in from the north-east and clear skies, too.
Some places will be below freezing. It will take a prone spot. It will
be a little bit of a frosty start to the day tomorrow. Gardeners beware.
Chilly on the way to work. There is plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Through
the afternoon it will stay with us with lighter wind and that than
today. Temperatures up to 14 degrees. Thursday though, little
less blue sky. There will be more cloud around, another dry day
though. Temperatures up to 14 degrees once again. The winds
switching round to a more west or south-westerly direction. Friday, I
think we will have sunshine and temperatures up to 17 degrees
looking at the outlook but that means it will then turn colder into
the weekend. A cold front comes through. Fairly cloudy as well.
The weather hasn't been too dramatic of late. That is not say it's not
without problems. One of those could occur as early as tonight. There
could be a sharp rural frost around especially so in the southern half
of the British isles. I make the distinction between south and north,
further north we have a weather front, a weak affair from the
Atlantic. It has enough breeze and cloud to help to keep the
temperatures up relative to the south. Now there is just the chance
of the odd pocket of frost further north, but my real concerns are away
from the major towns and cities across the greater part of England
and Wales, away from the coast. Minus three or four is possible.
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