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That's Newsnight with Emily.

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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News,

I'm Claudia Liza Armah.

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16 young people have been stabbed

to death on the streets

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of London this year -

that's up by almost 30% -

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with some saying it's an epidemic.

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Today, City Hall outlined a new plan

it hopes will help save lives.

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The Mayor, Sadiq Khan,

is using social media

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to spread the message,

but with so many violent videos

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available online glamorising knives,

will young people take any notice?

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Our home affairs correspondent

Nick Beake reports.

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I am this postcode, this city.

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This world.

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I'm important.

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My friends would miss

me if I was gone.

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I'm, like, the funniest

person in the school.

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Young voices from different parts

of our city, but all

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with the same message.

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London needs me alive.

London needs me alive.

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London needs me alive.

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After a year of more stabbings,

this is the Mayor's attempt to get

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teenagers to think twice before

reaching for a blade.

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So I don't carry a knife.

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The plea is that London desperately

needs their talents.

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Remember, London needs you alive.

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Your talent is needed,

your brain is needed,

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your intelligence is needed.

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HIP HOP MUSIC.

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The musician Bossman Birdie

used to carry a knife

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growing up in Tottenham.

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He then spent time in prison

for making a threat to kill.

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Now City Hall have signed him up

for their anti-knife campaign.

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To me, it's a complete waste of life

and it's a waste of this beautiful

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city that we are occupants of,

London, you know?

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When you're going around,

carrying a knife, you know,

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you're giving away your opportunity

to become something crazy.

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Three, two, one.

London needs you alive!

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This morning in Brixton,

Sadiq Khan met children who have

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been posting online,

explaining why their

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lives are valuable.

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It's a campaign backed by London

rappers, bloggers and musicians.

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It is hoped their status

on social media will help

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the message get through.

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Is this actually going

to make a difference?

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Look, we've got to do

all that we can to address

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the issue of knife crime,

which is rising across the country,

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not just in London.

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This is part of a package

of measures, along with schools

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playing their part, the police

playing their part, parents,

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civic leaders, youth leaders.

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All of us have a role to play

in making sure we address

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the issue of knife crime.

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Yvonne Lawson's teenage

son Godwin was stabbed

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to death seven years ago.

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What does she make of the campaign?

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It can make a slight

difference for the younger

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generation, the under 16s.

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Whether it can make a huge

difference to the young people that

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are already engrossed

in criminality, that's

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yet to be proven.

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This positive message may well get

through to some kids in London

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but there's no doubt it will also be

competing with many other

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negative messages online.

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We're talking about videos and music

which glorify violence,

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intensify gang rivalry,

and lead to more knife crime.

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For eight months this year,

YouTube refused the Met Police's

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request to take down

these four videos.

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Now they've relented,

apart from this one, still up today,

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which Scotland Yard claims

is encouraging stabbings.

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Bossman Birdie simply sees these

videos as a waste of time.

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You're that talented,

to sit there and write these lyrics,

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thinking of metaphors,

thinking of rhyming schemes.

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To basically make something

that is not going to go

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anywhere, purposely.

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It doesn't make sense to me.

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The noise you can't turn off.

Nothing moves forward without me.

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So, social media videos,

a force for good and bad.

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In this case, they hope

it will save lives.

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Nick Beake, BBC London News.

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So just how bad is knife crime

in London at the moment,

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and what's behind the rise?

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Tolu Adeoye has been investigating.

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These are the faces of the 16

teenagers stabbed to death

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in London this year.

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Knife crime has risen by 31%

in the capital in the last year,

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the biggest increase in the UK.

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The latest teenager to be killed

was 17-year-old Michael Jonas.

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His father said he'd hoped to one

day to become a mechanical engineer.

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He's warned that anyone

could be a victim.

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Presently, right now, in our own

London, here, you don't have to be a

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rude boy, you don't have to be in a

gang, you don't have to be, you

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know, among certain people because

things, people that tend to want to

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stereotype, because you think it is

only bad boys that get stabbed but

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no, it does not have to be. Our

innocent kids are dying.

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So why is knife crime rising?

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Perhaps surprisingly,

last year the Met revealed

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the overwhelming majority of young

people who carry knives

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are not gang members.

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Just 20% of stabbings

are linked to them.

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St Giles Trust, which works

with attackers and victims,

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says there's been a shift in culture

among some young people,

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and more resources must be invested

to help turn the tide.

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Young people feel in fears that they

are turning to carrying knives and

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weapons, there's a glamorisation of

that which is happening across

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social media as well. Equally, there

are cutbacks in services, that were

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really important, grassroots

services such as community centres,

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youth organisations that would keep

young people safe.

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So what about police tactics?

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We know the use of stop and search

was curbed by the former

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Police Commissioner,

Sir Bernard Hogan Howe,

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and subsequently knife crime rose.

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One expert has told us stop

and search is an essential

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tactic but it must be

used more strategically.

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Rather than targeting a whole lot of

very scared kids, you need those

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kids on board to tell you who you

ought to be targeting. Then it's not

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nearly as resource intensive. The

police can't afford to throw lots of

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police out on the streets endlessly

searching people, even if it was

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going to do any good. They need an

intelligent approach to focusing

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their search operations on the

hard-core of individuals who are

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prepared to use offensive weapons to

terrorise and cause serious damage.

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Well, the Met say they are now

using more stop and search,

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and in a more sensitive

and intelligent way,

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including carrying out

monthly weapon sweeps.

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But they say they can't

and won't arrest their way

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out of this problem.

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Knife crime is proving to be a far

bigger societal challenge.

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"If the intention was to intimidate

us, the effect has actually been

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to bring us closer together."

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That's been the response of MPs

BBC London has spoken

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to who are among a group accused

of being "Brexit mutineers".

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More than a dozen Tory MPs have

signalled they will vote

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against government plans to put

the exact date of Brexit into law.

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Our political editor

Tim Donovan has the details.

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They woke up this morning

to find their pictures on the front

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page of a newspaper,

below a headline

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"The Brexit Mutineers".

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Their leader, according

to the paper, is Dominic Grieve,

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former Attorney General,

and MP for Beaconsfield.

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Alongside him, Oliver Heald,

MP for North East Hertfordshire.

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Then there's Vicky Ford

from Chelmsford, Bob Neale,

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MP for Bromley, and finally

Stephen Hammond, whose

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seat is Wimbledon.

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I thought it was a bit odd, really.

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I mean, I've never voted

against the government before

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but there are a number of things

in this bill which need

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to be corrected.

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He and the others have been targeted

because they want to block

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government plans to write the exact

Brexit leave date into law.

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Actually, it's illogical to do this.

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The government says it wants

a freer hand to negotiate.

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By doing this, the government's

actually restricting its own ability

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to negotiate with what will

be our ex-partners.

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Do you feel you're singled out?

Well, I think it's silly.

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Some people have

classed it as bullying.

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It doesn't worry me

in the slightest.

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My job as a Member of

Parliament is to represent my

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constituents and the country.

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She's pretty bloody furious.

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But another of those

accused of mutineering

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puts it more strongly.

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What I don't like is this attempt

by some parts of the press to bully

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and to muzzle dissent.

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And that is a serious point,

because it's almost as bad

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as the attack on the judges

after they did what was simply

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their institutional job.

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their constitutional job.

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But some of their pro-Brexit

colleagues accuse them of wanting

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to wriggle out of Brexit.

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Well, absolutely not.

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I accepted the result

of the referendum even though

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I didn't like it and that's why

I voted to trigger Article 50.

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36% of my constituents work in

financial and professional services.

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It's important to them

to get it right.

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Billions of pounds of tax revenue

come to our public services,

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from the financial services sector.

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The last thing they want is any

heightened risk of a cliff edge.

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We've said time after time, this

is not about frustrating Brexit.

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We understand the will

of what the people voted last year

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but what this is about is ensuring

this country gets a good deal.

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They won't be put off,

but with feelings running high,

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the Speaker of the House of Commons

today warned that MPs should not be

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subject to threats for expressing

a political opinion.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London News.

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Plans to build a new Westfield

shopping centre in Croydon

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have been approved.

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Work will begin on the £1.4

billion project in 2019,

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with the promise of 7,000 new jobs

and 1,000 new homes.

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The complex will be the third

Westfield in the capital.

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That's it for now from me, but let's

find out what the weather's up

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to with Chris Fawkes.

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Hello, this weather front will be

sliding its way eastwards across the

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British Isles. This front is coming

our way but it will arrive quite

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late tomorrow afternoon and for much

of the day, it will be quite cloudy

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once again. Cloudy skies overnight

as well but there could be one or

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two mist and fog patches dotted

around and visibility quite poor for

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a short time in one or two areas. A

dry night for most but one or two

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spots of rain falling from the cloud

with temperatures between eight and

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ten Celsius. Looking at the weather

picture on Thursday, a bit

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changeable, cloudy, then sunny, then

clouding over again, one of those

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days, we start off with rather murky

conditions, a bit of mist over the

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hills and then a better chance of

sunshine towards the middle of the

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day before then is cloud over. That

is the weak weather front I showed

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you at the start of the bulletin,

could bring a few spots of rain to

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London, about 4pm but it won't

amount to much and when that front

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is through, by Friday we will see

much more in the way of sunshine but

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things turned a bit cooler,

temperatures 8 degrees with a

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north-westerly breeze. The weekend

not looking too bad, temperatures

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back into double figures and it

should be largely dry with some

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spells of sunshine. That is it from

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