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lives there were altered for ever.

We ask

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join me now on BBC Two.

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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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More now on the investigation

into the Grenfell Tower fire,

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and the final death toll,

which the Metropolitan

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Police has put at 71.

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That includes a stillborn baby.

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Separately a local charity says

there remains a long way to go

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before trust between local people

and the authorities is restored.

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Chris Rogers has followed

today's developments.

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The police trying to rebuild the

trust, partly by trying to clear up

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the confusion over the death toll?

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Yes, in the days that

followed the tragedy

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there was a lot of anger,

and there remains controversy

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over the death toll,

with many saying it was much higher.

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Today, the police tried

to explain the initial

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confusion over the figures.

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They revealed that

initially 400 people

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were reported missing,

creating a huge task ahead of them.

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The police say one person

however was reported

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missing 46 different times.

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They also say their investigation

was hampered by false reporting,

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with eight cases of people

reporting their lost loved ones had

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perished when they hadn't.

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We know that lots of the people

who died were from different

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cultural backgrounds.

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In fact back in the '70s Grenfell

Tower was known as Morocco tower.

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Nora Fakim has been talking

to one of the communities

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affected by this tragedy.

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This is the El-Wahabi family.

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They lived on the 21st

floor of Grenfell Tower.

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All five died in the

fire back in June.

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Malika was best friends with mother

and wife Fouzia El-Wahabi.

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She was very nice, very happy lady

and everybody is missing her,

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everybody likes her.

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As soon as I saw the fire, I said,

"There is Fouzia's building."

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I was just crying, praying for her.

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And when we asked the boys, they

told us they stayed in the room.

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We know they died.

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Many who died in the Grenfell fire,

like the El-Wahabis,

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were of Moroccan descent.

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Around 8,000 Moroccans live

here in North Kensington.

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Grenfell Tower, commonly known

as the Morocco Tower in the '70s,

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was home to at least 40

Moroccan families.

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It's a community that was hit

incredibly hard by the tragedy.

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Al Hasaniya is a charity that has

been helping vulnerable Moroccan

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and Arabic-speaking women

in North Kensington

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for three decades.

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It's also been supporting those

affected by the Grenfell fire.

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Bella has worked closely

with the families and says

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the Moroccan community felt ignored

in the aftermath.

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A lot of the Moroccan community

did feel marginalised.

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Some of our Moroccan friends

and families went into that tower

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and didn't come out in order

to save their neighbours,

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and these people have been

here for generations.

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So they're not

undocumented migrants.

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It beggars belief that a lot

of people think that.

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She says the authorities' response

to the tragedy has led

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to a mistrust of today's figures

on the death toll.

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A lot of people feel

that the figure of 71 isn't true.

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They don't believe

it's a real figure.

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Grassroot charities

like Al Hasaniya, who feel they have

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stepped in where the authorities

failed, say five months on,

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there needs to be more action

in order to help rebuild trust.

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I really think the people that went

through this horrible tragedy

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and are still being pushed

from pillar to post need whoever's

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in charge to pull their finger out

and just get on with it,

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just sort them out.

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They don't deserve it,

no-one deserves it.

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How would you feel if it was you?

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The council says it's doing

all it can to affect those

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affected by the tragedy,

but many still need convincing.

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We've learned tonight that some

people have been reunited with their

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lost possessions from five months

ago?

Yeah, indeed in the last half

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an hour we've been hearing about

scenes of joy among survivors of the

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Grenfell Tower tragedy, something I

never thought I'd be telling you,

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because more than 200,000 personal

belongings have been retrieved from

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the wreckage. 30,000 have been

retrieved, dusted down, clean,

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catalogues and returned to

survivors. We've been hearing from

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Michael Lockwood, from the council,

who was overseeing operations at the

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site and he said a lot of survivors

wanted to return to the tower and

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return to their homes and were able

to safely do that in the lower

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levels of the tower. He said he'd

spent a lot of time with survivors

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and they wanted to go back in and

see their homes and retrieve some of

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their jewellery and photographs. 40

survivors were allowed to do that.

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He said when they were told they

could go back in, they burst into

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tears of joy and said they finally

feel they'd be listened to.

It's

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been a very difficult few minutes,

thank you.

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From today, there's a change in how

London's health care is run.

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From now on hospitals and health

care trusts can use the land

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they own to earn money to help

pay for care.

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On top of that, Mayor Sadiq Khan

has been given a say

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in how the money is spent.

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But will you notice any

change in the service?

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Here's our political

correspondent, Karl Mercer.

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It was built to last.

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They probably didn't expect it,

though, to last this long.

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But 118 years after it was open,

patients and staff are still

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coming to this site.

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The service may be world-leading

at Moorfields, but the facilities

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need a bit of updating.

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They do have plans but the pace

of change in the NHS

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can be pretty slow.

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That may start to change from today.

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A new deal signed between central

government, City Hall

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and the capital's NHS.

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It will see more decisions

about spending on health kept

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in the capital and help places

like Moorfields develop.

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To do that, we need to relocate,

we need to be in a more

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purpose-built, modern facility,

and so we have a real

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ambition to do that.

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And this plan, this document,

this framework, this

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memorandum of understanding,

will hopefully allow some of those

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decisions to be taken at pace,

to allow us to make those

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plans a reality.

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It's hoped the plan could lead

to more of this sort of thing -

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minor operations being done in new,

improved GP surgeries.

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London will be able to keep

the money raised from selling

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any unneeded NHS land,

and decide where to spend it.

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First of all, the money

is kept within London.

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Secondly, the wider London

NHS family, the Mayor,

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the boroughs can decide how it's

spent, so crumbling GP

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infrastructure, GP estate,

GP buildings can now be refurbished

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with the money which previously went

back to the Treasury.

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What the new deal doesn't bring,

though, is any more money,

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at a time when NHS bosses say

they are more stretched than ever.

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Even without extra cash, though,

it is a big step in handing more

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power to the capital.

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Clearly in a city the size

of London, with over 100

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different organisations,

there are some decisions where it'll

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be better if we can take those once

for London rather than taking them

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100 different times in 100

different organisations,

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and that's what this deal offers us.

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A glimpse of the future, then.

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London has some of

the power it wanted.

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It will now have to deliver results.

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The former Labour Cabinet Minister

and European Commissioner Peter

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Mandelson says Brexit will seriously

threaten London's global status.

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Lord Mandelson was speaking

at a conference today

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about the challenge London faces.

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Here's what he said.

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People come to London

so that they can, through London,

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access the whole of the European 500

million-strong single market.

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Once we remove ourselves from that,

we become less relevant to those

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international businesses

and investors, who will find other

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places to locate within Europe.

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But not everyone believes

the picture is so bleak.

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Today, a group of London's tech

and digital businesses got together

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to think of ways of linking up

with new markets around

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the world and making the most

of post-Brexit opportunities.

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Katharine Carpenter

went to meet them.

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We've come to this tech conference

in East London to get a sense

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of how this industry

is feeling about Brexit.

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It can be a very hard thing

to measure, but luckily,

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these two developers from London

have invented an artificial

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intelligence sensor which can gauge

the mood of this room.

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I think the room is

feeling kind of positive.

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So, as you can see here,

updates in real time,

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and currently it's actually

on the rise.

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Perhaps that's because today was

partly about networking and seizing

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opportunity beyond Europe.

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As long as we try and engage

with other nations in a way

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that is different to what it has

been in the past, in a more

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competitive way and open way

and more collaboratively,

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I think things will change and it

will work out for the best.

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But there were universal worries

here, too, none of them lost

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on the Mayor's new chief digital

officer, who's just a few

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weeks into the job.

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The first is accessed talent,

the second is access to markets,

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and also that data laws don't

diverge too far from

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what the European Union is proposing

so that we can have consistent

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access and open access

to these markets.

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One of those targeting

the tech skills gap,

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a star who helped inspire

a generation of innovators.

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There is a need for a real

concerted effort to look

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at all of our education system

and decide, what are

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we doing this for?

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How are we preparing young people

for the world of tomorrow?

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The tech sector's not alone

in trying to answer these big

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questions, still feeling its way

to building a brighter future.

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Katharine Carpenter,

BBC London News.

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out what

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the weather's up to with Tomasz.

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It wasn't a bad day today, Thomas?

No, it wasn't, it's going to be

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nippy tonight, Jack frost will pay a

visit and temperatures are already

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tumbling as we speak. By the early

hours of Friday morning they may be

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as low as -4, in the coldest spots,

but in the city centre in London,

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more like a couple of degrees above

freezing. About Friday there's not

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an awful lot to say. It's going to

be a beautiful, crisp sunny day.

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It's going to feel quite chilly.

That's 10 degrees will only be very,

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very brief. Most of the day it will

be hovering around 6-7. Saturday

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admittedly first half of the day is

not looking great, but the good news

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is that later in the afternoon, just

before sunset, it will brighten up a

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little bit. Here is the outlook.

Temperatures up to 13 by Monday.

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