02/05/2017 London News


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It was a surprise and a controversial appointment,

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and today was his first day as the new editor of

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The former Chancellor George Osborne, who has little professional

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experience in journalism, has promised that under his

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leadership, the paper will inform and entertain.

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Some say he's already ruffling political feathers.

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The BBC's media editor Amol Rajan reports.

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George Osborne's new working hours mean he will probably

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But this morning, he looked eager to get his feet under the table.

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It's very exciting to be starting in the new job.

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It's a really important time in our country where people

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are going to want the straight facts, the informed analysis,

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so they can make the really big decisions about this country's

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The Evening Standard is going to provide that and it's

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We have got a paper to get off stone.

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Keen to show familiarity with newspaper jargon,

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Osborne will have been relieved that at least his pass worked.

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But outside the Standard's offices in Kensington, Central London,

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London's cab drivers say the Chancellor was too close

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to Uber, the private hire firm, allegations that he denies.

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When George Osborne turned up for work this morning,

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he would have had the same priorities as any new newspaper

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editor, getting to know staff, talking about his editorial vision,

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but it's clear his time as editor is going to be dogged

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Staff are relieved he is stepping down as an MP but there

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is still concern about his work for Blackrock and it is clear that

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London's cab drivers intend to disrupt his editorship.

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The ?650,000 per year that Osborne earns for four days

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a month at Blackrock, the world's biggest asset manager,

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leaves him exposed to accusations of a conflict of interest.

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With limited resources and a business model under pressure,

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Osborne will need to turn the Standard's finances around.

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For a former Chancellor who practised austerity and is no

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stranger to controversy, this new job has eerie

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Amal Rajan, BBC London News, Kensington.

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Well, with more on this, I'm joined by our reporter Alpa Patel.

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Give us a sense of the tone of the first edition. It is very

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anti-Brexit, from the front page, which takes a swipe at the Prime

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Minister and her handling of the Brexit negotiations so far. In the

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editorial, which says that Brexit is a historic mistake for the country.

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It is important to remember Theresa May dismissed George Osborne as

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Chancellor when she came to office so it is believed that George

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Osborne is using the paper to at the very least hold Theresa May to

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account hard over the Brexit negotiations.

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This is absolutely George Osborne making the best use he can of this

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newspaper as a weapon to attack all Brexiteers and to scrutinise

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the government very, very clearly during these difficult

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London is Remain, the city is Remain, George Osborne is Remain.

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I think he's going to wallop them all over the place.

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And there is concern over that, voiced on social media this evening,

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that the paper won't reflect the democratic will that the country

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voted to leave the European Union and reflect the voices of

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Brexiteers. This is the first edition so we will have to wait and

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see. We shall. Thank you for joining us.

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Successive governments have failed victims of the IRA

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bombings in London - the damning findings

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The Docklands Bombing in 1996 and the attack on Harrods in 1983

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both used explosives supplied by the Gadaffi regime.

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The report says decades of failure to seek compensation from Libya

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It was intended to hit London's financial services

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Back in 1996, the IRA gave a 90-minute warning about a bomb

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near South Quays Station in Docklands but not everyone

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I was told that there is some, some explosion around

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Then we were told about five o'clock that, yes, it was Iman and John

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A huge truck bomb went off outside Ihsan Bashir's shop.

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His brother Iman and fellow employee John were killed.

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Explosives used by the IRA in this and other attacks were supplied

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This report slams successive British governments for failing its victims

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and their families, while other foreign governments successfully

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negotiated substantial compensation deals.

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The report found Tony Blair's government failed to resolve

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the issue on multiple occasions, the coalition government was focused

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on pursuing business opportunities in Libya and Libyan frozen assets

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held in the UK should be used as leverage with any negotiations.

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This London law firm represents victims of various Libya-linked IRA

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attacks that happened in both England and Northern Ireland.

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It goes further than that, to say that the government needs to enter

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into government-to-government negotiations with Libya,

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which for years it has refused to do so.

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And even more, it is said that if the matter isn't

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resolved through such government-to-government

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negotiations by the end of this year, that our government should set

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up a fund to compensate the victims directly.

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It won't bring back my brother. The money won't bring him back.

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The only time the government acts is when we highlight it,

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The Foreign Office told BBC London it supports UK victims of Gaddafi

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sponsored IRA terrorism and the next government will respond

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A 24-hour strike at London Bridge Tube station is set

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to go ahead next Monday, after bosses refused

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to reinstate a member of staff following a dispute

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The RMT union has described the dismissal as "an appalling

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But London Underground claims the staff member's

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Latest figures show a rise in the number of passengers

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being injured while travelling in taxis, minicabs and

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Is the use of apps while driving partly to blame?

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There are calls for them to be banned while at the wheel.

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Here's our transport correspondent Tom Edwards.

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Tempers can fray outside St Pancras, as taxis and minicabs

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Double parking and U-turns are common.

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Can I get a quick look at your badge?

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And it is here new compliance officers are running checks.

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This industry has changed rapidly, driven in part by apps like Uber.

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We've got loads of things, tyres, windscreen wipers not working, some

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drivers not wearing their badge, some not carrying their insurance.

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TfL says it has concerns over occupants being injured

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The latest figures show that over a two-year period,

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The data isn't yet broken down between taxis and minicabs

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but during that time, taxi numbers have stayed

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the same and minicab numbers have gone up 54%.

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You have between 10-15 seconds to react to that job.

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Is the use of apps while driving the cause?

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I'm looking at the phone, interacting with the phone,

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Now there are calls for TfL to ban the use of apps while driving.

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I've got the minicabs coming on the side of me and, like,

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they are doing 30-40 mph and they are looking over,

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trying to work out where the street is and going like this.

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I mean, it is a massive public safety issue as well.

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What I would like is that technology can be put in place to disable

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the app while the car is moving so that would stop you being tempted

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But I think also the mayor needs to issue very thorough advice

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through the Met Police to all licensed drivers in London,

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as Essex Police have done, to make it very clear that you don't

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touch your phone while you're driving.

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Uber says drivers must be in proper control of their vehicle

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and concentrating on the road at all times.

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Unions representing minicabs say drivers shouldn't

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I think the answer at the moment is, just don't interact with the phone.

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You've got to be safe because frankly, for all you know,

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there is a policeman behind you who is more than happy to give

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you six points and a ?200 fine and not even think

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TfL says it is changing how it records data for collisions and that

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incidents could be increasing due to improvements in reporting.

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It says it is up to individuals to make sure they are driving safely.

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Should using apps while moving be banned?

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What is vital for us is that drivers give their full attention

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If they are at any risk of being distracted,

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then they need to stop and they need to engage with whatever

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they are trying to engage with when the vehicle is in a safe

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The mayor wants to be able to cap private hire numbers.

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Others want intervention from TfL or they fear more injuries.

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Time for me to wish you a very goodnight.

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And I'll leave you with Stav Danaos and a check on the weather.

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What have you got? A bit disappointing because we are

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on the eastern side of the UK and we have an easterly wind so we will see

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the line's share of the cloud with the best sunshine for the West.

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Overnight, cloud screening in, -- streaming in, pick in for the odd

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spot of rain over eastern areas but temperatures not below six or seven.

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Tomorrow, rather cloudy day and we will see thicker cloud moving in to

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bring patchy rain at times. Not a wash-out but it will be a nuisance

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factor, a bit of light rain here and there. Temperature is not as good as

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today, where we saw 18. Looking closer to 13 or 14. We hold on to

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the nagging easterly breeze which will feed some cloud of the near

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continent. Even a weather front may enhance it at times. The best of the

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sunshine always across the North and west of the UK, where it will be

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more sheltered. Thursday rather cloudy, maybe a notch up, 14 or 15

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with the odd spot of rain and maybe a bit of sunshine. The output, it is

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set to stay the same set to stay the same towards the

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weekend. Now Nick Miller with the National forecast.

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I doubt you need me today that for most places, April was a dry month

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and if you colour the map depending on how much rainfall you had

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according to the Met office, it looked round, drier than average,

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and a flick of white in Devon, more in Scotland, close to average and a

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bit of blue in the far north-west, some places wetter than normal but

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foremost, it was dry and the UK as a whole, the tenth driest April on

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record, and quite a contrast between wettest and driest in the

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