23/08/2017 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News -

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The organisation that manages Grenfell Tower is to be stripped

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The Prime Minister says action needed to be taken to address

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residents' concerns that the tenant management organisation

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Theresa May also criticised Kensington and Chelsea Council

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for not responding quickly enough to the fire.

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It comes as the first residents accepted offers

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer reports.

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From the chandelier shop, across Chelsea's King's Road,

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these are the flats that Kensington and Chelsea Council has bought

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as new homes for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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There are 30 homes here, a mix of one- and two-bedroom flats,

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Three families from Grenfell have already said they want to live here.

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I think it's an interesting question, because...

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Today, the leader of Kensington and Chelsea visited the site,

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the morning after Grenfell residents had met the Prime Minister

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to tell her how unhappy they were with the council's

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I spoke to the Prime Minister this morning, and I accept

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there is a legacy, of course there is a legacy, of lack

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of trust left over from, you know, how the council performed

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But look here, look what we're doing today, look at the flats,

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the quality, the offer, the fact that so many people

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You know, we're getting there, I accept it's slow

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The council has set aside around ?75 million to sort out accommodation,

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and so far has 105 properties available for Grenfell families.

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It says just over 180 families in and around

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the block need new homes, and just nine have so far

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accepted permanent offers, although 23 have moved

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The prime minister met Grenfell residents last night,

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and told them that the body that ran the tower for the council, the local

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tenant management organisation, would be stripped of its power over

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the estate - something residents have long called for.

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I was able to tell them that the tenant management

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organisation will no longer have responsibility for the Lancaster

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What we were also able to do was to hear from some specific

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issues that individuals had at that meeting.

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Is this really the death knell for the tenant

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management organisation, which has been running

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your council buildings? It's us saying that we don't think

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It's not a viable option for us, and we will look for other

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options, and we will start with Lancaster West estate,

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The council says it will eventually take over all the stock currently

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run by the tenant management organisation, but will

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Everything to do with Grenfell Tower will take time, it says.

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Damn joins me now. There was a meeting this evening between the

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council, the residents and the police, no tenant management

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organisation? No, I was at the meeting, they didn't show up, there

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was some anger about that, they have never faced the public over this.

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And anger was also expressed at the council, once again, calls for the

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leader of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation to

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step down. But much more sub Judi Dench we have seen at recent

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meetings. The most interesting conversation I had this evening was

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with a young father of two who is really upset that his eight-year-old

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son is so traumatised, and yet they cannot get access to any mental

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health help for him. He doesn't want to go to sleep, he wants to sleep in

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my bed, he wants to be by me all the time, he doesn't want to leave my

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side. I'm trying to sort out myself so I can help him, but I want to

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help him more than I want to help myself, because... He can't

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articulate how he really feels. And I need someone who is trained to

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bring it out of him. This is what I keep on telling, I am not trained

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for this. On the biggest issue for many of these people, which is

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housing, things are moving slowly. Three families who lost people in

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the fire have now accepted properties. The website for choosing

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new housing run by the council, we heard this evening has now gone

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live, and out of 151 households, 110 have logged on, that's 80%. But of

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that, three quarters expressing an interest in those properties, so it

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is very slow going. Police say they are treating the

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blaze as suspicious. Borough Market is to become

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the first market in the country It's all part of an attempt to stop

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more plastics going to landfill On average, each Londoner

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buys around four plastic That adds up to 1 billion bottles

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of water every year. Alex Bushill reports in the second

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of our series on how we deal Ever wondered where your plastic

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bottles end up if you don't recycle? So, this is what you find

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on the Thames in central London. You find strand lines

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full of plastic bottles, you find mounds of plastic wet

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wipes, and you find bits of the Thames carpeted

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with plastic bags. Debbie says the Thames

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is being choked by plastic rubbish. As the plastic starts to break down,

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then it gets mistaken for food items, and it can be swallowed

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by animals, and then it fills up and clogs the digestive systems,

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so that these animals slowly Well, Borough Market think water

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fountains and reusable bottles are. The traders here are also promising

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to stop selling disposable water The cost to the environment far

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outweighs our own costs. So, it's something that we have

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to do, and it's something that Let's put these reusable water

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bottles to the test. They cost ?2 each, and that's

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without any water in them. Would you pay ?2 for

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one of those instead? Absolutely, fantastic idea,

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better for the environment, ?2, that's value for money,

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then, do you think? I think so, if you fill it

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up at home, especially Do you want to buy it off me now,

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then, put your money Despite other forms of plastic

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still being used everywhere here, from fruit punnets to pint glasses,

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Borough Market insist one day, That's the vision, and I'm

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an ambitious person. This is about Borough Market

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rebuilding after the terrorist attacks in June and coming forward

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confidently and saying, The Government and the Mayor

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of London are both consulting on a possible return deposit scheme

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for plastic bottles - so, these are all examples of how

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just maybe the tide is turning on all things cheap,

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plastic and disposable. Supermodel Naomi Campbell has

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highlighted the lack of diversity at Vogue magazine under the former

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editor, by pointing to a recent photo which showed not

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a single ethnic minority A new boss is taking the reins

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at Vogue, the first non-white person It's the fashion bible thousands

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turn to every month, and these are the people behind

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British Vogue. But is there anything

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wrong with this picture? The supermodel Naomi

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Campbell thinks there is. There isn't a single

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non-white employee. "This is the staff photo

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at British Vogue under the previous editor,

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Alexandra Shulman. Looking forward to an inclusive

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and diverse staff, now that Edward Enninful is the editor,

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Let's hear your thoughts." Her request led to criticism

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of Vogue, including from this blogger, who says she wasn't

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surprised by the photo. I do think it's a problem,

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because for it to be Vogue UK, and they're based in London,

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the fact that London is one of the most multicultural

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cities in the world, there isn't an excuse

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for the whole of the team... That was a very massive team photo,

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that was a big team, That's an issue, because fashion

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is consumed by people Hello, my name is Edward Enninful,

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I'm the editor-in-chief British Vogue's new editor, renowned

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fashion stylist Edward Enninful, is not only the magazine's first

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black editor, he's also And he's already been

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making changes, including hiring Naomi Campbell

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as a contributing editor. But Edward Enninful faces a big task

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ahead in an industry that has often been criticised for lacking

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diversity at best, By nature, people kind

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of are inspired by their cultural backgrounds and the people

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that they know. So, until you recruit

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from a large group of people, that's the way to get diverse

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products out into the industry. Why do you think there aren't

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any black faces there? I think it's not a matter of,

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you know, there are black people who aren't qualified to fill

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the positions, I just don't think British Vogue would not put

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anybody up for interview But many will be looking closely

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to see who makes up next year's staff photograph

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after Edward Enninful's That's it for now from me, but let's

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find out what the weather's Not a great deal of sunshine for us

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today. But a lot of dry weather to come, and some warm sunshine at

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times, too. We are seeing the cloud finally breaking up, with clear

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skies overnight. You will notice it being quite a bit cooler away from

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the centre of London. Tomorrow, we start off bright and sunny, a lovely

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start to the day. That could be a little bit of cloud but I don't

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think it will give us a shower. Let's have a look at the outlook,

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and as we head through Friday, into the weekend, it's going to be

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warming up. The big warming up. The big picture is with

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BBC Weather. Hello and good evening. Summer warmth made a vague attempt

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at a comeback earlier on this week, but it was swept chromatically aside

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over the last 24 hours by some very heavy downpours, which caused

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localised flooding in places. Most of the showers now have cleared

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away, some rain still affecting the Northern Isles Scotland. But for

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many, it was a fine end to the day. Through the

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