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A not-so-special night
for the so-called Special One.
John Watson, BBC News.
I'm Riz Lateef.
It was the news that
leaseholders in two tower blocks
in Croydon were dreading.
Today, they were told they will have
to pay to remove and replace
flammable cladding similar
to Grenfell - a potential bill of up
to £2 million.
They'd argued that it was
the building owner's responsibility.
The tribunal ruling could have
implications for thousands
of people across the capital.
Our Political Editor
Tim Donovan explains.
Somehow we managed to
get legal support...
Anuj is on to his lawyer
because the news isn't good,
a tribunal judgment has gone
against him and other residents.
The cladding was
removed when it failed
tests after Grenfell,
since then fire marshals have been
Together its cost £500,000 so far
and that is a bill to
be shared between the 95
leaseholders here after the ruling
the landlords were entitled
by the terms of their leases
to recover it in service charge.
We are already paying
£2,000 service charges and
this year it will increase up
to £20,000 for some people.
I have to pay £4,000,
I'm not sure how I will
get that to repay it on one month.
But that's only up until now,
new cladding could take the
bill to £2 million.
We cannot plan our lives,
people's work is
suffering, they are stressed,
it's affecting our lives on a
The Mayor said the Government
should end that anxiety.
The Government should
be stepping in to
make these buildings safe,
then there is a discussion to be had
about the cost and the removal.
Noticeable in this ruling, the judge
says it is foreseeable leaseholders
may have further legal claims
against a number of parties.
The manufacturers of the cladding,
Barratt Homes which installed it,
and the local council, Croydon,
which provided the certification.
Finally the Government itself.
If it's building
regulations are found to
have been not up to scratch.
It's possible many
could be affected in a similar way.
We think up to 50,000 leaseholders
in London could be liable for paying
costs up to £30,000
per flat or beyond, simply
because they bought a flat in good
faith that the cladding
on the outside of it was safe.
They believed that
because the Government
told them it was safe, we now know
the Government was wrong.
The Government must
for taking the cladding down
and stop abandoning leaseholders to
The Government must pay for this
work to be done, nobody else.
The landlords said
today they would work
to minimise the costs
of cladding and they too urged
the Government to offer support.
Marc Ashdown has more on this -
this judgement could have
far reaching consequences?
Well it could. There is no doubt
this feels like a major judgment,
but today all we had was hints at
what could happen next. The judge
hinting people affected and as we
heard it could run to tens of
thousands. People's homes are
blighted. The judge hinted that
possibly the Government could look
at compensation, underwriting cases
to make sure that lease holders who
have bought in good faith are not
stung with huge costs.
The Government say
ministers have made it clear they
want private landlords to follow the
social sector and not pass on the
costs of essential cladding. They
drop a hint, saying we will consider
the implication of today's judgment.
How about that for loaded comment?
This could be big, we are just not
sure how yet.
Two victims of the serial sex
attacker John Worboys have begun
a High Court challenge
to the decision to
release him from prison.
The former taxi driver has served
ten years for attacks on 12 women.
Tom Burridge was in court.
John Worboys tricked
and drugged young women.
Just eight years ago,
he was jailed indefinitely for one
rape and several assaults
in the back of his taxi.
When the Parole Board
announced earlier this year
that he was to be released, it
caused outrage, especially among
Now, two women he attacked
are hoping to overturn
One of them was in the High Court
today - with Worboys
appearing by video link -
as we learned why the
Parole Board thought
he was fit for release.
It believed Worboys had
become open and honest,
that he had taken full
responsibility for his offences and
had, the Parole Board thought,
shown insight into factors that
could cause him to reoffend.
But the case put
forward by the victims'
barrister painted a very
Philipa Kaufman QC said John Worboys
had still only admitted
the attacks on 12 women
for which he was convicted.
She presented graphic evidence
to back up the police's
assertion that he actually raped
and assaulted more than 100 women.
And according to these court
documents, as recent as September,
prison officials decided to keep
Worboys in a Category A prison,
because he was deemed
of sufficient risk.
That was just three months before
the Parole Board decided he
should be released.
on behalf of Worboys'
victims say vital
evidence was ignored.
We heard in court today that
the Parole Board haven't listened
to the women who had been raped
by John Worboys, they didn't look at
any evidence from the trial,
or from the judge's finding
that he was a risk to people.
It looks like the Parole Board
decision was completely
irrationsal to release John Worboys
and it is good that we're able to
review that decision now.
Tomorrow, the Parole
Board will present it
case over why this convicted rapist
was ready for release.
The reasoning behind
such decisions is
normally kept secret.
This case has already
raised questions over
whether that should change.
While no-one knows
for sure what Brexit
will mean for the capital.
There is though a small group
of Londoners in the heart of Belgium
who know exactly what it will mean
for them - the loss
of their jobs as our MEPs
in the European Parliament.
Katharine Carpenter has been
speaking to two of them about life
in Brussels since the vote to leave.
For 18 years, Labour MEP
Mary Honeyball has made
this journey from
London to the European
Parliament once a week.
She's one of the longest serving
MEPs, still believes Brexit can be
stopped and denies it's having
an impact on her work here, yet.
Obviously, everybody here is aware
of Brexit, but we are still
in the European Union and we're
all still getting on with our jobs.
But for one of the two London MEPs
who voted to leave the EU,
things have been
more tense at times.
I thought perhaps one of the things
that went through my mind is -
actually will I have to resign?
Will I lose my job as group leader,
and I was prepared for that.
I said, I thought I shouldn't put my
own position ahead of my decision.
The UK has 73 MEPs, eight of them
represent London and they earn just
over 100,000 euros a year before
taxes, with generous
pensions and allowances.
Mary Honeyball admits perhaps
they could have done more to counter
the perception by some that they're
living the high life in Brussels.
One of the consequences
of Brexit is that Europe,
the European Parliament,
what the EU does, has suddenly shot
up the political agenda.
So now I think we are getting a lot
of exposure and people do know
who we are and what we do.
For Mary, that involves meetings
like this Brexit briefing
by the Shadow Health Secretary.
She thinks her party's position
is still a work in progress,
even raising the possibility that
MEPs will have a role to play
beyond March next year.
No chance, says her colleague.
My job will come to an end,
end of March 2019.
At that time the UK will leave
and there will be no British MEPs.
Will you feel sad about
it despite your vote?
Of course I'll feel sad.
I mean, I've made many good
friends and it's been
a large part of my life.
As for the future, he hasn't
ruled out another attempt
to become London's Mayor.
If my party decides to select too
early and I'm still involved
in helping in negotiations,
then that won't work for me.
Probably when that role
starts to wind down,
when we get closer to an agreement,
towards the end of the year,
early next year, then I'll have
to start seriously looking
for a new role.
What's next for you
now after Brexit?
I'm not really sure, actually.
I've had a long career in politics,
which has been good.
I should take time
to reflect, I think.
BBC London News.
She made recently made global
headlines with a speech
about 'a new day on the horizon
for women and girls'.
Tonight Oprah Winfrey
was in London for the European
premiere of her latest film
and we asked her whether the film
industry was at a watershed moment
in addressing gender and racial
Well I think it's the beginning,
I think everybody gets all excited
when there is something
new on the horizon,
which is what I talked
about in the Golden Globes speech.
This is the new, but we have
to continue the new.
So you can't do this and then
wait ten years before
you do something else.
And you can see more
of that interview
on our Facebook page.
That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's
up to with Louise Lear.
Good evening, if you're off to bed,
a promising day in store tomorrow.
But no two days the same this week.
Make the most of tomorrow. This rain
is on the way. But a light southerly
wind will strengthen. But we will
see clear blue skies, a lot of
sunshine and temperatures up to 14
degree. And that will feel quite
spring-like. All change into
Thursday morning. A spell of wet
weather will continue to push north
and east. Clearing by lunchtime.
Into the afternoon some showers,
some could be heavy. Possibly
thundery. Top temperatures 10 to 12.
We keep the showers going on Friday.
But I did say at the start, no two
days the same. I will live you a
summary at just look at what happens
at the weekend. Things will get cold
we are a cold easterly