The latest news, sport and weather from London.
Browse content similar to 20/11/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Merkel's government runs aground
both Mac and why paper chase was
forced to apologise to
Good evening from BBC London News.
For the first time, the extent
of modern-day slavery
here in the capital
has been revealed.
The charity which compiled
the report says it's
rising year on year,
and highlights the boroughs
where the problem is at its worst.
We hear the plight of one woman
who was beaten daily.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer has the story.
It's a very real issue
for the Government, and it's a very
real issue for all of us.
It's a very real issue for Mama,
too - brought to London
for what she thought
was a cook's job working
for an overseas ambassador.
She ended up a modern-day slave.
Good afternoon, everybody.
My name is Mama.
I come from Morocco...
Now being helped by a specialist
charity, she endured months
of beatings and bad
treatment, made to work
extremely long hours.
She is far from an isolated case.
Last year, the charity Hestia helped
more than 600 victims
across the capital -
that's a 30% increase
on the previous year.
And already this year,
they've seen 822 people.
The worst three boroughs
were Croydon, with 61 cases,
Southwark with 54
and Newham with 46.
It was very moving, especially
the account from Mama,
the victim of human trafficking.
And it's so important that we always
remember that behind
the statistics are people.
This is a very important report
and it has shone a light on what's
happening in London,
to men and women in London
who have been trafficked.
Raids like these ones launched
last month in London
and across the country do help,
but dealing with the
victims can be tough.
One young Albanian woman who had
been trafficked to the capital
and used as a sex worker was taken
in by the charity at one
of their safe houses.
When she first arrived here,
she actually thought
that she had come into a brothel.
And when I thought about it,
I thought, oh, my goodness,
it was five other women in that
house and there was a madam.
I was the madam.
And when there was a knock
on the door, her thought was,
that's it, now that I've been her3e
a little while, the men
that's it, now that I've been
here a little while, the men
are going to start conming in.
Because that's how it started.
City Hall has now set up
a team to look at modern
slavery with charities,
councils and the police.
It wants to stop the trade
in the first place, but also to help
rescue those being used
as modern-day slaves in the capital.
Victoria Hollins has
got more on this.
How much is this particularly a
What the charity has
done is to break the idea of
modern-day slavery into three areas.
The first is domestic, the second is
those put into forced labour and the
third is those put into the sex
industry. It seems that London and
the rest of the country has two
different stories. In the rest of
the country it is predominantly men
put into forced labour in very bad
working conditions. In London 80% of
those who are trafficked are women
and most of them are going into the
sex industry. They've also looked at
where these people tend to becoming
from. Two countries make up more
than 50% of those trafficked,
Albania and Nigeria. It is also
interesting to look at why the
numbers seem to be going up so
significantly. Is it because it will
feel more comfortable saying that
they are victims? There has been a
lot of discussion about this. Or is
it that actually there are more
people affected and this is becoming
a bigger problem? We do not yet know
the answer to that question.
It's the first tangible sign
of Brexit - employees at two
European agencies who currently
have their headquarters
in Canary Wharf today found
out they'll be moving
to Amsterdam and Paris.
Some small businesses have told
BBC London they'll ALSO
consider moving as a result.
EU ministers have been voting
on which two cities will host
the European Medicines Agency
and the European Banking Authority
when the UK leaves the EU.
Our Brexit reporter
Katharine Carpenter has the details.
This is the European
Around 900 people work here.
And over in the upper
floors of that skyscraper
is the European Banking Authority,
which employs around 200 more.
Ever since we voted to leave
the European Union, we've known
they have to leave London.
And today, the workers
here and their families will find
out where they might be living next.
EU cities have been competing
to offer them a new home.
And now, we know Amsterdam has won
the prize of the EMA's
its 36,000 visitors each
year and the 30,000
or so hotel rooms it books.
Having a regulator creates this
sort of "halo effect",
because lots of American
and Japanese businesses set
shop in London precisely
because they want their staff to be
close to the regulator
so that they can help shape
its decisions and get their products
under their noses.
And so, lots of companies have said,
once the regulator moves,
they're going to have to think
about maybe sending some
staff to follow it.
The idea is that any health and care
worker in the world can
use this technology...
It's a dilemma facing this small
business in Waterloo.
It's developed a secure messaging
service for health workers.
Having the EMA close by has been
important for growth.
There's a lot of complex regulation,
a lot of hoops you've
got to jump through.
If we're losing all the people
who know about these regulations,
that's a disaster for us.
Is it enough of a disaster that
you would consider moving
to wherever the EMA moves?
We'll probably still
have a London-base office
but I could easily see us creating
a European office to be moving
with them and stay close
to the regulators and the key people
that we need to work with.
There are hopes that the UK might be
able to come up with a more
streamlined approach to regulation.
Others say London's pulling
power is a place to work
Others say London's pulling
power as a place to work
is still stronger than its rivals.
London remains a global city
with a fantastic opportunity,
money that can invest
in life sciences.
So, I think we can still continue
to attract talent to work
with our fantastic science,
our great scientists,
our great institutes.
It's just made it a little bit
harder, losing the agency today.
Of course, Canary Wharf is made up
of so much more than these
two European agencies.
But losing them will
have an impact here.
And that loss may be felt more
widely across the capital, too.
This is phase one of the HS2 high
speed rail line linking
Euston to Birmingham.
And it was here in Harefield
that the Green Party co-leader
visited protestors who have set up
a makeshift camp in the path
of the proposed route.
Jonathan Bartley said he was fully
supportive of their campaign.
Here's our political
editor, Tim Donovan.
On a muddy verge directly on the
route of the proposed new train
line, a small camp has been set up.
It could be here some time.
Sarah has been here longest,
and has already made her mark.
One night, she slept
beneath a digger.
Last week, she climbed
up this crane.
More fencing and more security have
now been put in place.
The high-speed rail route
has the legal backing
of an act of Parliament,
but Sarah says the works have
already breached EU law on habitats.
About 500 trees have been cut,
all different ages, including
some very, very old trees,
and no attempt has been
made to protect any of the wildlife.
Well, that's clearly
against the habitats directive.
It's clearly illegal.
Our wonderful view of
what we're trying to save!
Today, she had a visit
from the Green Party's leader,
and gave him a tour.
This is our office.
This tent donated by
the fishing tackle shop...
And he offered his strong support.
The only means of stopping
this massive destruction
is for local people
to take direct action.
And absolutely it's right
they should do it, and absolutely
right that we should support it.
It may only take an hour
and a quarter to get from London
to Birmingham on the existing track
now, but those who back a high speed
rail route through this landscape
say it will greatly increase
connectivity to Leeds,
Manchester and beyond,
and bring huge economic benefits
to the whole country.
Realistically, you won't claim
you can stop this route, will you?
Is it about slowing it, delaying it?
I think we should be
optimistic about what we can
achieve, and I would
like to see this project stopped,
absolutely, and scrapped.
Today, a spokesman for HS2 said
he understood the strong
feelings in the area,
but everything was being done
to limit the impact on woodland,
wildlife and local communities.
Tim Donovan, BBC London News.
I'll wish you a very good night,
and leave you with Alina Jenkins,
who can tell us what the weather's
up to this week.
who can tell us what the weather's
up to this week.
A bit of a seesaw going on with the
weather at the moment. One minute it
is cold and then it is mild and
barely the end of the week, it will
be colder again. Through the rest of
the night there will be the odd spot
of patchy light rain but it will not
amount to much. It will be a mild
night, temperature is not much lower
than ten or 11. May the odd spot of
rain but for most will be a dry and
rather cloudy day tomorrow. Quite
breezy at times, particularly over
higher ground. As we go into
Wednesday, again we're greeted with
a lot of cloud but it looks like it
should break up a little bit more
readily to give some spells of
sunshine. For much of Wednesday it
will be dry and mild. But the winds
will be strengthening. You can see
the squeeze in the isobars, and we
have a frontal system pushing
south-eastwards on Wednesday night
into Thursday. Behind it, on
Thursday morning, some spells of
sunshine, but again quite a strong
wind, especially over higher ground.
Still just about in the milder air
but as we get into Friday it looks
like some colder air starts to dig
in. As the rain starts to clear over
the weekend, it will turn colder