25/04/2017 London News


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Pro-brexit MPs in the capital have hit back against a campaign to oust

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One MP being targetted is Labour's Kate Hoey -

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who's also under pressure from the Lib Dems.

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They've produced an election leaflet of her morphing

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into the ex-UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, which she's called

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Here's our political editor Tim Donovan.

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Remember this, when the in and out campaigns took to the Thames? And

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these two Brexiteers were pictured side by side? The Lib Dems do. I

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think sometimes this nasty stuff back fires. They're now showing the

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Labour MP for Vauxhall morphing into the ex-Ukip leader. I would say

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that's a typical Lib Dem kind of poster the way they play elections.

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They do try to always look at doing things in a very nasty,

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confrontational way. I haven't seen a policy yet. Her views on Europe

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have hardly been a secret she says. She currently has a 12,000 majority.

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The area voted strongly for Remain and the Lib Dems smell a Brexit

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backlash. I think it really connects with people. The candidate says the

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leaflet just points out the obvious. Kate Hoey says it's typical Liberal

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Democrats nasty and confrontational. I don't see this as nasty. You know,

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Kate Hoey chose to campaign with Nigel Farage. That was her choice.

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She could have campaigned with Gisela Stuart and got on the bus

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with Boris Johnson. But she didn't. She stepped away from the mainstream

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Leave campaign and chose to stand side by side with Nigel Farage. It's

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not just the Lib Dems after her, she's one of 20 MPs being targeted

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by anti-Brexit campaign groups launching today. For a lot of my

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constituents, the referendum is over, we're leaving. We want to get

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a brilliant deal. We want to get on with starting to live in a country

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that is able to now control its own way of life. She's not alone in

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London. This is three of the Tory MPs who voted for Brexit being

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targeted. The campaigners are also urging people to vote against this

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quartet, including Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative

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leader. One of those Tories in the campaigner's sights says he's not

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bothered. Any targeting can be damaging. I have a track record for

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my area. These are an organisation who are coming in from nowhere and

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then seeking to impose their views on the people here. It hasn't taken

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long for some clear tactics to emerge, but who can know yet exactly

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how Brexit will influence this election.

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With more on the election Tolu Adayoye joins me.

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And news of a possible political come back?

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Yes, there had been speculation about this. Tonight we had

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confirmation from the Conservative Party association that Zac Goldsmith

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will be one of the candidates in their short list going for the

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general election. Now he famously stood down in October over the

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Government's plans to expand Heathrow. He then stood as an

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independent in a by-election before Christmas, but he lost out to the

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Liberal Democrats. It really wasn't his year because he had already lost

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out to the mayor in the election in March. Many will be wondering why

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he's putting himself forward for this, given that the Government

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hasn't changed its position on the heath row expansion. Have we heard

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from Zac Goldsmith? We haven't heard from him yet. But we have more

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information on the other two candidates. They are Luke Parker, an

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IT specialist, who stood for the Conservatives in the Brent north in

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2015. And Laura Farris, a barrister and former journalist. The party

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members will meet tomorrow to make their decision. They will think

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carefully about whether Zac Goldsmith is the right man for the

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job. An investigation's been

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launched into a suspected Heathrow parking scam,

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where hundred of tickets were issued The owners of one vehicle say they'd

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given their car to a meet-and-greet parking company and were told it

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would be stored securely. Instead, it was left

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in a public car park. Back home after a 14-hour flight,

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Julia and David O'Neill are about to collect their car from a

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meet-and-greet parking company. What they don't know and what the company

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don't mention is that while they've been away, their car has spent time

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here in a council run pay and display car park, a 15 minute drive

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from Heathrow ah, long with dozens of other cars racking up parking

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tickets. I can't believe it, our car has been left here overnight. After

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meeting them off their flight, I'm taking Julia and David to where

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their car has been spending its time. Here we are. What do you think

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this afternoon? Yeah, I wouldn't leave my car on a car park like this

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in the daytime, let alone overnight. When I saw their car it had one

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ticket on it. When I meet them they have no clue they might be getting

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fined. I can't believe. It I can't believe my car has been left here in

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this unsecure car park overnight possibly for two weeks. Cannot

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believe it. It's It's had parking tickets on it apparently, but

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they've gone. We'll see if the council contacts us and gives us a

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parking ticket. While they were on holiday, we paid a visit to the car

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park. I've counted 99 tickets on around 50 cars, some with up to five

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on the windscreen. That begs the question, what are they doing here?

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This is a private Heathrow car park, which has been overflowing. So what

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they've done is they've come and parked all their cars over here and

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they've gone. That's it. They haven't returned. The wardens have

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been giving tickets every single day. Hillingdon Council are

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investigating whether 275 parking tickets, costing ?60 each, could

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have been given to drivers believed to have used meet-and-greet parking

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companies. In many of the cars here, you can

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clearly see tickets linking them to Heathrow, in one the driver's name,

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phone number and flight details were left on display for all to see.

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Julia and David want to know who's going to be liable for any tickets.

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They say in the paperwork here that it would be kept in a secure car

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park compound and I'm afraid this certainly isn't. If you had known

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this is where your car was going to be? Would you have used the service?

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Definitely not. I could have parked it here myself. The council say

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everyone who receives a parking ticket has the right to appeal. If

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they do cancel the tickets, the worry is it will encourage parking

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firms to do this again, if they don't, drivers like Julia and David

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may get hit with hundreds of pounds worth of fines.

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Environmentalists are warning that there are signs of a drought -

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starting in parts of Hertfordshire - following below average rainfall.

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This is the River Colne which would normally be about three

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There are concerns about the impact on wildlife, and people

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are being urged to use water carefully.

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Now to a dance company with a difference.

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It's the first studio to provide regular opportunities for people

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with disabilities to dance with professionals, and it's just

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The finalists trained for weeks to take part

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in the competition - many of them having

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It's a big day for jar. After five weeks of dance training from

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scratch, she's about to take to the stage at her local theatre in

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Stratford with her professional partner? More on this side? Having

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the Strictly treatment is giving her a chance to think about her dad, who

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sadly died recently. She's dancing to his favourite Frank Sinatra song

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and feels he's urging her on. He's looking down on me and saying, "Well

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done girl, stick at it." She'll have to wait while her competitors take

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to the floor. It's the first time a programme of ballroom and Latin

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training has been set up for people with learning difficulties in the

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capital and today's Strictly competition is testament to how far

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the group has come. People were regularly saying to us, why can't we

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participate, we want somewhere we can do this. We decided to set up

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the studio, London's first ever dedicated company that provides

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opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to learn dance

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in an inclusive environment. Now it's Sarah's big chance in front of

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a panel of judges and she's taken to it like a natural, making her

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partner proud. # That's life

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# That's what all the people say She was always 45 minutes before the

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lesson, waiting for me on the studio, watching the videos, really

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precise to do it. At the same time, I think she has this kind of, OK,

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I'm performing now, people are looking at me. She's not shy at all.

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That helps to become the performance a little bit more bigger. Good,

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confident. No mistakes, anything like that. The Strictly experience

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has gone so well, dance teachers plan to travel all over the capital

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with Sarah and the others determined to keep dancing.

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I'll say goodnight now and leave you with Elizabeth Rizzini to see

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how the weather's shaping up over the next few days.

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We've got some showers around actually. It's a welcome rain after

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the very dry month that we've had so far. This is the picture of the

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thunder cloud out towards western London. I took that picture from the

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roof camp earlier on this evening. Another shower cloud forming earlier

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on in Hertfordshire. There'll be more April showers around tomorrow.

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Spells of sunshine too. We're still in the colder air as well. The

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showers are tracking down from the northerlyier this evening. They are

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confined to Eastern areas tonight. Sleet over the Kent downs. Towards

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the west, this is where we could see a touch of frost maybe into tomorrow

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morning underneath clearer skies. A chilly start to the day. With

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sunshine and the showers get moving quicker today. They will be heavy.

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There could be thunder and hail at times. This will feel quite cold in

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a bracing northerly wind. Highs of 12 degrees and a widespread frost on

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Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Here's the outlook for the

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next few days then: Temperatures starting to recover by the time we

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get to Thursday afternoon. Good evening. Another cold night

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lies ahead after what was a chilly day for swathes of the UK. This is

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the Highlands of Scotland. 25th of April and lying snow. Even snow

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further south, temporary accumulations in Staffordshire. Just

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down the road in Dudley, it was sunny spells and rain showers. A

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real mixed bag, rain, hail, sleet and some snow. All those showers

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moving south on that cold northerly wind, which is still with us

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overnight. It is going to be another frosty night. The skies are clear on

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the western

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