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Tessa Jowell talking to Nick
I'm Asad Ahmad.
In a highly unusual move,
Labour-run Haringey Council has been
told by the party's ruling Executive
to put a halt to a multi-million
project in north London.
The plan to renew thousands
of council homes has proved
hugely controversial -
but in this latest move, there's
also some discomfort locally
about Labour's National Executive
stepping in to tell a local
council what to do.
Here's Susana Mendonca.
This resident has lived
on Northumberland Park
in Tottenham for 29 years.
The local council wants to knock
this down and rebuild it.
And it has promised that all social
tenants like her would get to return
to live here if they want to.
Yes, I have been here a long time
and I love the place.
I wish to come back.
I asked about the rent and they said
the rent is going to be the same.
But I am wondering how
true it is going to be.
This is one of the areas in this
north London borough that would be
included in the so-called
Vehicle, or HDV.
That's a 50-50 partnership
between the council
and a private developer.
Haringey Council says this plan
is all about regenerating inadequate
estates and building much-needed
new homes - more than 6000 of them,
40% of which they say
would be affordable.
But it has been met with huge
opposition, not least
because of the council's choice
of business partner.
Lendlease was the company
behind the Heygate estate
redevelopment in Southwark -
once home to more than a thousand
socially rented properties,
the development that replaced it now
has less than 100 of them.
Which is a comparison that those
protesting against the Haringey
plans have continued to make.
This is not a rejection
of the ambition behind the HDV.
It is the fact it is poorly thought
out, it is too risky, it is very,
very likely to fail in at least some
way, the most likely way
of which is the proportion of homes
for genuine affordable social rent
will probably be small and will no
doubt dwindle over time.
The plans, which also include
building on council-owned
sites in Wood Green,
have led to huge divisions
within the Labour Party here.
Councillors who support the HDV have
been deselected and some opposed
to it have now got the backing
of Labour's ruling body.
We have now got the Labour Party's
National Executive Committee
effectively telling a Labour council
what to do over a specific
policy, which is in itself
And I am thinking where does this
end, so what happens the next time
a campaign group who is now part
of the Labour Party is not happy
with something that a Labour
council leader is doing?
With pressure continuing
to mount, the future of this
development remains unclear.
Tim Donovan is our political editor.
Apologies wasn't issues with sound
this evening. -- apologies
Apologies wasn't issues with sound
this evening. -- apologies about
some issues. We are back on track
This is a local issue,
but with many people outside
Haringey watching what happens?
Because it is a row that some people
think lays bare wider divisions
within the Labour Party, both
locally in Haringey and suggesting a
potential split and differing
factions within Labour nationally,
too. The main organisation,
Momentum, the activist, grassroots
community organisation not created
that long ago, has run 35,000
members already, runs parallel with
Labour, supportive of Corbyn and his
beliefs. They are very active in
Haringey and have oppose these
plans. There is not a total
crossover, lots of people oppose
these plans who are not in Momentum,
but politically Momentum are held to
have been responsible for about 20
existing councillors, Cymbeline
deselected all voluntarily standing
down, because they do not want to
stand in the May elections.
people wondering what will happen
The senior ruling body will
send in a senior MP to mediate, it
is thought the leader, who has put
so much political capital and effort
into getting these plans up and
running, will meet party bosses. She
cannot you press the button because
she is waiting for the outcome of a
judicial review, but I suppose it is
possible but the outcome of the May
elections will lead to a Momentum
heavy, heavy with people who oppose
this scheme, thus it may not get off
It will be interesting to see what
happens. Thank you, Tim Farron and
-- Tim Donovan.
The mother of a young girl who died
when playground equipment
collapsed on her in east London,
has been told that the council
responsible for its upkeep
won't face any criminal charges.
Alexia Walenkaki was enjoying
playing near her mother
in a park in Mile End,
when a wooden post collapsed.
Her mother says the decision shows
there's one law for some people -
and another for those
of colour, and who are poor.
She's been speaking to Alex Bushill.
Baby, flowers of light.
Sleep and see brighter dreams...
This is a poem chosen by Vida that
always reminds her of her little
She was crushed to death
here before her mum's eyes.
The playground has since been
closed, remodelled and reopened,
but everywhere, there
are reminders of Alexia.
Alexia was a charmer.
Whoever she came into contact with
instantly fell in love with her.
This photo even shows the equipment
that was to crush her,
the wooden timbers in the background
clear to see.
It was a moment Vida watched unfold.
I noticed the log on which they
were playing as a swing
started to collapse.
I ran as fast as I could to where
the children were playing.
But when I got there,
Alexia was already on the floor.
There was not much I could do.
Today, we learned that the CPS
are not going to bring
charges against the council
which runs this playground.
That's despite the fact that we now
know that in 2014 and 2015
in the years leading up to Alexia's
death, there were not
annual safety inspections.
Alexia's family say
that if there had been,
she would be alive today.
In a letter seen by the BBC,
the CPS explain this decision.
Whilst accepting that annual checks
had not been carried out since 2013,
the CPS did point to how there had
been an operational inspection
on 1st June and a daily inspection
on the day Alexia died,
17th July 2015.
No issue with the log
was identified in either.
For Vida's lawyers, though,
it simply isn't good enough.
I don't think the system
they had in place for
inspections was good enough.
Yes, there were daily and quarterly
inspections being carried out.
However, the last annual inspection
wasn't carried out for a year
and ten months prior
to Alexia's death.
This inspection is important
because it's a lot more
thorough and more in-depth
than in the quarterly
and daily inspections.
Tools are used which detect
defective equipment which may not be
apparent during a quarterly
and daily inspection.
Vida puts it far stronger.
There are different laws
for people of this country
and there are different laws
for people of colour.
You think you're a victim of racism?
Because I'm a nobody and I am poor.
That's the way I see it.
Because I'm alone, there
was nobody to fight back,
so they do what they want.
The CPS has declined
to comment on Vida's
concerns of discrimination,
but it is going to
review its decision.
As for Tower Hamlets,
they won't comment either,
with an inquest into Alexia's death
now set for early spring.
I just felt that if I needed Alexia,
this is where I should come get her.
In the early days, I would stand
outside and actually
yelled her name, calling,
expecting a response.
But, you know, that wouldn't happen.
That silence is obviously forever,
but Alexia's image, her memory,
will be here too, for ever.
If you're passing
the stretch along the Thames
near the South Bank from now on,
look out for pyramids.
They've been installed
to fix a leaky roof.
That's one way of dealing
with it - and it's given
the Hayward Gallery
a whole new light.
Here's Wendy Hurrell.
A rare view of a gallery.
Installation in progress
and the first exhibition to be put
on these walls for over two years.
In the meantime,
a multi-million-pound restoration
has been happening to update
the electrics, to replace
the painted-over decaying
pyramid roof lights.
Now the ceiling has windows
onto the sky, we will see the works
beneath quite differently.
Of course, normally,
we get daylight coming in,
but right now you see
the wonderful purple,
changing lights of David
Batchelor's sculpture that's
on the rooftop right now.
And this is what it looks
like from the roof -
66 brand-new pyramids especially lit
up until the end of March to mark
the reopening of the Hayward Gallery
and celebrate its 50th year.
We are continuing to try to find
artists from across the world
who we think are really articulating
something new and saying something
about the world we live in -
showing it to us in a way that
makes you think.
The Director of the Hayward Gallery
speaking to Wendy Hurrell.
Now for the weather with Ben.
Now for the weather with Ben.
A very wet state today? Not
particularly inspiring at all. Heavy
rain, very strong winds as well. The
good news is tomorrow looks
considerably brighter and
considerably quieter. We will see
some sunny spells, Shell is passing
through in the breeze, not as windy
During the rest tonight, largely dry
conditions with clear spells, a few
showers might pass through time.
Chillier than last night, four, five
or six the minimum temperatures.
A bright enough start tomorrow,
spells of sunshine. There is the
chance that one or two will creep
through at times but they should be
fairly light, very few and far
between. I suspect many places will
still dry all day.
Not as windy as it has been, eight
to 10 degrees.
Into tomorrow, staying fairly cool
with clear spells and a few showers.
Friday looks nice, still fairly