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That's all from the BBC News at One,

so it's goodbye from me -

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Welcome to BBC London News.

so it's goodbye from me -

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I'm Alex Bushill.

so it's goodbye from me -

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The Labour MP for Kensington

and Chelsea has apologised

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for writing a racist article

about a Tory London Assembly member.

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In a blog post in 2010,

Emma Dent Coad labelled Shaun Bailey

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a "token ghetto boy" -

in order to explain herself

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she today said she was only quoting

the views of others.

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Our Political Editor

Tim Donovan has more.

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Back in 2010, Shaun Bailey USA

Conservative London assembly member

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now was fighting for the seat of

Hammersmith in the general election.

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Emma Dent Coad wrote a critical blog

about him and the Conservative

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Party, effectively accusing Shaun

Bailey of being used by the party

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and by David Cameron, the then

leader to create a positive image of

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diversity. Now, today, she has said

that her use of words, two ghetto

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boy, was only repeating what others

have been saying at the time, and

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she denied it was racist.

If he

feels offended by it, of course I

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apologise. Of course I do. If

somebody actually read the blog,

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they would see that I was putting

other people's sources and what

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people were saying at the time.

She

says the unearthing of these remarks

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from seven years ago is designed to

undermine and discredit her and

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distract from a piece of work she

has done research on poverty and

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social exclusion in Kensington, the

borough of the brain cell tower

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tragedy. Shaun Bailey told me here

this morning that he was distinctly

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unimpressed by what he described as

a half-hearted apology.

-- Grenfell

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Tower. Well, she did not really

apologise. All she did was reiterate

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the points and try to blame other

fictitious people. But it is not

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about me. It is about young black

people up and down the country. Many

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community struggled to feel involved

and attacks like this at the core of

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people's police in the political

arena prevent people from being

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involved.

It makes them afraid. The

Conservatives do not appear at this

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stage to be wanting to let this

live. They have written to the

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn,

ordering him to discipline Emma Dent

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Coad as soon as possible.

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A man has been jailed

following a hit and run

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in South London that

left a woman paralysed.

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Pascoe Petgrave, who's 21,

has been found guilty of causing

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serious injury by dangerous driving.

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The car he was driving

ploughed into two women

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in Norwood High Street in May 2016.

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He's been sentenced to two

and a half years in prison.

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And also disqualified

from driving for two years.

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When Crossrail is up

and running it will carry two

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hundred million passengers,

increase capacity and

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reduce journey times.

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Now ahead of some services

beginning next year, our

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Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards

has been given special

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access to the tunnel, and all on

foot.

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This is a rare look at what will one

day be an everyday commute. Our

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guide is Greg Purcell. When a Bond

Street is finished, 137,000

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passengers a day will use this

station and these platforms.

This is

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where the passengers will be,

eventually.

Oh, right.

Yes, that

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will be the platforms and they go

the full length of the tunnel.

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Platform is over 250 metres long.

You have the platform screen door

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and behind that is the track.

And so

we will stand here and get on the

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train and get off.

Yes, the doors

will open there.

It will take one

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minute to travel by train to the

next station. For us, it takes a

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little longer, as we passed between

different contractors.

Above us,

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Oxford Street. Yes, Oxford Street

and the simple line of dollars,

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which you can just hear.

The tunnels

are finished but there are still

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1400 workers on site.

Soon the power

lines will go in. The Metro section

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means you have quite a lot of

stations that are quite close

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together, so between Bond Street is

between 801,000 metres.

Before we

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allowed onto the tracks, there are

text to make sure that engineering

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trained on and running.

We have 500

metres to go before we get into

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Tottenham Court Road.

These are the

platforms at Tottenham Court Road.

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What is striking here is just how

long these platforms are. When it is

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finished, 24 trains per hour will

come through here. The walk took

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about an hour. It will take one

minutes by train. Services are due

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to start running through central

London at the end of next year.

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Rush-hour never looked so empty, did

it?

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All this week we're looking

at charities from London

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and the home counties,

benefiting from Children

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in Need donations.

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Today, we look at the work

of 'Bump to Babe' -

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a parenting project in Southwark.

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They're approach is simple -

they provide trained volunteers

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to help any parent who's

finding it hard to cope.

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Here's Sharon's story.

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Would you like to eat something

else? Eliot surprised us. He came

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out a month early, so we weren't at

all ready for that. And then it just

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kind of snowballed. It was

overwhelming. Every day was a new

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diagnosis. Every day was something

else that they were saying he would

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never do. I am Sharon and I am

Eliot's mum. I wasn't coping at all.

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There is so much more that you have

to take into account. You have to be

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a physiotherapist and speech

therapist as well as being a mum and

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doing mum things. And you lose you.

Get your teeth into it. I have

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visitor told me about the charity

when Eliot was about four or five

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months old. I didn't like to think

of myself as that kind of person,

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admitting you are failing at

motherhood.

I have been volunteering

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since 2009. I first met them about

nine months ago. At the time, Eliot

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had just had an operation on his

fingers. Generally, people were here

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trying to make him reach different

milestones. And so I came in and I

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thought I wouldn't come in asking to

see him do things. What I think I do

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is just have fun with him. I just be

playful with him.

Eliot adorers

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coral. Absolutely. They have got a

weird bond. It is very sweet.

I

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can't explain what he makes me feel,

how I feel, he's just grown. Grown

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and I love him.

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So that is just one example of where

your Children In Need money goes.

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Remember, you can join us

on the big night this

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Friday, November the 17th.

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Pudsey will be there

too, of course,

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at Warner Brothers Studio

tours in Hertfordshire,

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along with some very special guests.

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To be there too, just tell us

what you're doing to raise money.

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Now let's check on the Weather

with Kate Kinsella.

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A quick clarification on top story.

We should have said that the article

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written by Emma Dent Coad has been

accused of being racist.

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written by Emma Dent Coad has been

accused of being racist.

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It has been a cloudy day. We have

seen some glimmers of sunshine, but

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on the whole it has been rather grey

and we will hang on to this cloud as

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we head further through this

afternoon. It is feeling a little

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less cold compared to yesterday. The

wind has switched round and is

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coming from the south-west. It is

not very strong. It is a light wind.

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Slightly less cold air. Not quite so

chilly. Still rather grey and a

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maximum temperature of 10 Celsius.

Conditions don't change overnight.

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Hanging onto that cloud and also

some rain. We could also see some

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mist and fog developing. Tricky

driving conditions tomorrow. The

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temperature does not change from

today's maximum. Nine Celsius the

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maximum. A murky start tomorrow and

the to take its time to lift. The

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cloud should lift a little higher

through the afternoon, leading to

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some brighter spells and it stays

mild tomorrow as well. A maximum of

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13 Celsius. Similar day tomorrow as

we head into Thursday. Stay

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reasonably mild. Not until Thursday

night that this cold front makes its

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way south. Not too much rain, but

once it clears as we head into

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Friday it does introduce fresh air

so does get a little bit colder. It

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will certainly feel a bit fresher

for the end of the week, but it

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means we will seek more sunshine. A

chilly night Friday into Saturday

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with frost first thing for the

weekend.

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That's about it from me.

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Riz will be here with our

6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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