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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC London News.

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The immigration system isn't fit for purpose -

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and staff don't even know their own rules.

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That's the damning verdict by the former Deputy Prime Minister,

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after an eminent professor who'd been living here for 40 years

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was wrongly denied British citizenship on a technicality.

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There are now calls to overhaul the system.

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Professor Emmy Van Deurzen is many things to many people,

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leading academic, renowned psychoanalyst, local

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businesswoman and employer to nearly 70 members of staff

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I have worked for 40 years, paid taxes for 40 years,

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I have been part of British society fully and completely.

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When she applied for British citizenship she was rejected.

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She didn't have a residency permit even though she had already granted

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She spent months challenging that decision.

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She has now finally been granted citizenship.

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For her it shows how unfair and complicated the system is.

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It is as if that trust you have built up between yourself

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and the country that you have adopted and that you think has

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adopted you suddenly rejects you and doesn't want to acknowledge

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that contribution any more, that's incredibly painful.

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Latest figures show record numbers of Europeans have been applying,

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the single biggest increase in a decade.

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Before last June's referendum, that's the third quarter of 2015

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In the first quarter afterwards, that had doubled

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There is no suggestion that the rules have been made

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But for many, including immigration lawyers,

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the system unknowingly discriminates against EU nationals who have never

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needed to apply before, particularly the requirement

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to document visits abroad during your stay in the UK.

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As an EU national you have freedom of movement so your passport

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So a lot of people might face problems listing every single

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absence from the UK for the last five years if they

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Now they're coming up against the Home Office that states

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unless you can prove it we certainly don't give you the

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We want hard and fast evidence in terms of pay slips, etc,

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If you don't have that, well, then we will wave you goodbye.

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That is the exact opposite of what the Government wants,

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for Emmy and other Europeans living here the Prime Minister has

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repeatedly said she expects to guarantee their right to live

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It's of little comfort for many who don't want to rely

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The Mayor has given his backing to a new report that says he should

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have more control over taxes - which could include a levy

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Sadiq Khan wants more powers devolved to London

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There are also calls for the capital to have a share of taxes

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on cars, sugary drinks and air passenger duty.

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The Mayor's been speaking to our political correspondent Karl Mercer.

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If London does well the country benefits.

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If you want, by the way you need London to do well,

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you need to seriously consider giving us more control over our

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Business leaders who are experts say we need it.

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Is there a danger that it could put tourists off,

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the British hospitality association are already saying this

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This is a report prepared by experts which is a consultation document,

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let's talk about it, the evidence is this.

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London is the number one city of choice for tourists

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Record numbers came to London last year.

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It wasn't just because of the weak pound, it's because of our culture,

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what we have to offer, our museums, our galleries,

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live gigs, restaurants, we want that to carry on.

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But the fact is that other cities around the world,

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great cities, all have a levy, whenever you go to a city

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We are in a discussion with the hotels about whether it's

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a good idea, bearing in mind this will ensure we are not complacent

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and ensure we stay number one in that league table.

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Nobody wants to stop tourists coming here.

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Nobody wants to have gratuitous tax-raising powers.

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I have read the report in detail and it talks, for example,

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about a Berlin tax of 5% per room, even on the average budget

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hotel room costing ?68, that adds an extra ?3.40 and that's

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the sort of price where I think you might get

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some tourists saying, oh, no, they're having a laugh.

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We don't want to pay another heavy as well. That was Simon Calder

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commenting on those proposals for a London tourist tax.

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The police watchdog is investigating claims that a police officer told a

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DJ driving in central London that black people dressed in

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gangster-style clothing are more likely to be stopped. A video of the

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incident was posted on online three weeks ago leading to an apology from

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The Met. There's no Woolwich Ferry today -

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as staff have gone on strike. Employees are planning to walk out

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every Friday - till mid-April - over what the Unite union calls

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"a culture of bullying Briggs Marine Contractors Limited -

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who run the service - says it takes health,

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safety and welfare Sport now - and one of the stand-out

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ties in this weekend's FA Cup fourth round sees Premier League leaders

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Chelsea take on near neighbours The Championship side

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sold out their tickets With excitement building among Bees

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fans, Emma Jones has been I'm here at Griffin Park which,

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four years ago was almost the scene of a famous FA Cup victory for then

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League 1 Brentford against their On the day, Mark Devlin,

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the chief executive, it was a ?50 million striker that

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made the difference. Are you worried that this weekend,

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it could be a similar story? Who knows which team

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they will put out tomorrow? They are obviously a very talented

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team, Chelsea, and we were unlucky We were sadly beaten in the replay,

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but I think we will be A lot has changed for this club

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since then, including the promotion, but that

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financial gap between you and your new neighbours

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remains the same, doesn't it? There is a chasm between us

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financially but that is just finance, and there's 11

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against 11 tomorrow. I think we've got a very

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talented playing squad, tomorrow, and I am sure they will be

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inspired by their surroundings, then I expect a really, really good

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game at Chelsea tomorrow. The previous game was part

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of a springboard for where we are now and what we're looking

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forward to is playing Chelsea on a regular basis

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in the Premier League As you say, you would want

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to travel to Stamford Bridge Yeah, we want to enjoy it

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tomorrow, we are building, the club is growing rapidly

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on and off the field. We have ambitions to play

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in the Premier League and to grow our fan base

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and to move into a new stadium. So lots of exciting things

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going on tomorrow, it's going to be a great occasion but it is only part

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of what we plan for the future. As Mark was saying,

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there are lots of similarities between the two clubs, including

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hopes to build new grounds, but tomorrow is about the FA Cup

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and it's about revenge. Time for the weather now

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with Elizabeth Rizzini. Good afternoon. Yesterday many

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places remained subzero all day. Today happily it's not as cold. Some

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milder air, even brightness, but again we did start off on a frosty

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note with even icy surfaces to the east, in particular. The rest of

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this afternoon most of us will stay dry, variable amounts of cloud,

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brightness edging into south-earn areas again. A few outbreaks of rain

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to the west. Top temperatures up to six or seven.

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Through this evening's rush hour again most of us will stay dry. But

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then overnight tonight we have further outbreaks of mostly light

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and patchy rain spreading in from the south-west and heading our way

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into tomorrow morning. Overnight lows of a much milder six or seven,

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so frost-free through the weekend. It is going to feel milder and

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temperatures back into double figures. There will be some rain

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around at times but also a bit of brightness, most notably on Saturday

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afternoon. Through Saturday morning we have further outbreaks of rain on

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and off, most tending to be light and patchy. Turning dryer into the

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afternoon with a bit of late sunshine for western home Counties,

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watch out for a few showers into the evening.

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Temperatures will probably hit double figures on Sunday but if you

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are heading out for Chinese new year celebrations in central London do

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prepare for rainfall through the afternoon.

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That's all from us on the lunchtime team,

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do tune in later though for our 6.30pm programme.

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Riz Lateef will be here and there's plenty more news, travel

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and weather on our website at the usual address.

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The FA Cup fourth round, next weekend, across the BBC.

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It's incredible, the changes that have occurred in just 50 years.

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Oh, my goodness me, I don't like the look of that.

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The Robshaws are going back in time again...

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Feel a little bit overwhelmed at the moment.

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How people did this every day, I don't know.

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Calf's head. Leave the teeth out of it, won't you?

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It's incredible, the changes that have occurred in just 50 years.

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What have you been up to? Something grubby?

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