The latest news, sport and weather from London.
Browse content similar to 13/03/2018. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Government's ultimate to the Moscow
over the nerve gas poisoning
I'm Asad Ahmad.
One of Labour's London MEPs
appears to be at odds
with her party over Brexit -
as she's questioned whether it
might happen at all.
Mary Honeyball has served
in Brussels for nearly two decades
but difficulties in negotiations
have caused her to
doubt the outcome.
However, another London MEP
is certain that next year
he'll be out of a job and Brexit
will have happened.
Here's our Brexit reporter,
Well, apologies for that, we seem to
be having some problems. We will try
to get that report back to you as
soon as possible.
Oxford Street could be
pedestrianised in time for Christmas
after proposals to ban vehicles
were backed in a consultation.
About half a mile of the street
would become a "traffic-free
pedestrian zone" under the plans,
which the Mayor's office says
will make it "one of the finest
public spaces and shopping streets
in the world".
A final decision is due
in the coming months.
An Independent chicken shop
in Reading claims its being
bullied by the restaurant chain
Nando's - because of its success.
Nando's has launched legal
action against the shop
called Fernandos, saying its copying
its name and images.
Lawyers for Nandos have
written to the owner,
Asam Aziz calling on him to rebrand.
Mr Aziz denies he's copied
the name, saying he got
the idea from a TV show.
Let's see we can go back to that
report about the London MEP who
thinks Brexit may not happen.
For 18 years, Mary Honeyball has
made this journey. She still
believes Brexit could be stopped and
denies it has an impact on who work
Obviously everybody here
is aware Brexit, but we are still in
the European Union and getting on
with our jobs.
But for one of the
two London MEPs who voted to leave
the EU, things have been more tense
On other things that went
through my mind is Will I have to
resign, will I lose my job? I was
prepared for that. I thought I
should put my own position ahead of
The UK has 73 MEPs,
eight of them represent London, and
they earn just over 100,000 per year
before taxes, with generous pensions
and allowances. Mary Honeyball
admits that maybe they could have
done more to counter the perception
by some that they are living the
high life in Brussels.
One of the
consequences of Brexit is that
Europe, European Parliament, what
the EU does, is suddenly shot up the
political agenda. Sadly it has taken
Brexit for people to take an
interest in it. 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 with her
political group, and work with the
It would be a
real shame to miss seeing something
you have worked on for a long time
not actually happening, in practice.
She also says she is unclear about
when her role will end, although her
colleague has no doubts.
My job will
come to an end at the end of March
2018. At that time, the UK will
leave and there will be no British
Will you feel sad about it,
despite your vote?
Of course, I have
made many good friends, I have been
an MEP for nearly 14 years. And it
has been a large part of my life.
Both of them are coy about their
future ambitions, saying there is
still much work to do over the
Two London mosques have gained
Grade II Listed status
to recognise their "historic,
The Heritage Minister said
the Islamic Cultural Centre
at Regent's Park and the Fazl Mosque
in Southfields celebrated the rich
heritage of Muslim communities -
which go back hundreds of years.
It's been described
as an exceptional place of worship.
Now London Central Mosque has been
given Grade II star listed status,
recognising its historic
and cultural importance,
and protecting it for
Mosques and the Muslim faith
are an extremely important part
of our national culture and life,
but they are somewhat
under-represented on our list
of important buildings.
So, it's really rewarding to be able
to undertake this exercise
and protect the most important
mosques, and celebrate them.
The movement to establish a central
mosque in London spans
from more than 70 years,
although the first fund
for the new mosque was set up
in 1910, construction didn't
start until 1970.
It was finished seven years later.
From outside, you can really
appreciate the architecture.
Regents Park was picked
as a location under
Winston Churchill's government back
in the 1940s, in recognition
of the importance of the Muslim
community in an increasingly diverse
While mosques are still typically
established that local community
level, the London Central Mosque
remains the first remaining example
to be built at a diplomatic level.
Of the main points of the campaign
to the mosque was that, the time,
and this is from 1910 onwards,
the argument was that there
were more Muslim subjects
in the British Empire
than there were
Christian, for example.
But that there was no
nationally significant Mosque
in Britain to represent that.
The Fazl Mosque in Southfield,
in London, has been given
Grade II listed status.
Both mosques join a group
of around 20 celebrating
not only the buildings,
but the heritage of Muslim
There's concern that hundreds
of promising young footballers may
be slipping through the net -
because they're too
small for their age.
It comes after research
highlighted the issue
- and it's something BBC
School Reporter, Gianni went down
to Charlton Athletic Academy
to look into.
The Charlton manager Karl Robinson
has been aware of the loss of small
players for some time.
He says that this can
lead to talented players
leaving their clubs,
and in some cases dropping out
of the game completely.
I think them days have gone,
where size is paramount.
Certain managers would
recruit purely and simply
on the physicality.
I think there was a thing
about Mourinho, about the type
of players that he recruits.
But, no, not for me.
I don't think size
is an issue any more.
Oh, Sanchez has scored
an absolute beauty.
Some of the leading Premier League
strikers, such as Alexis Sanchez,
are small in stature.
That was unstoppable.
But is it all about
If youngsters have those mental
attributes, which means they're
willing to look for a coping
strategy, so they can compensate
for what might be a temporary
disadvantage in size,
if they've got the mental
attributes to cope with that,
develop coping strategies,
then they'll probably be fine.
That is a good ball
through the middle for Defoe.
Smaller players like
Jermain Defoe have had long
and successful careers.
So youngsters shouldn't be put off
because they are a few inches
shorter than everyone else.
Now the weather with Kate.
Good afternoon. Despite it starting
rather grey this morning, quite
quickly we saw this, blue skies,
sunshine and brakes on a cloud.
Really quite pleasant first thing.
Since then, the clouds rolling back
in. We're going to see a patchy
cloud here and there through the
afternoon. Still bright spells,
sunny spells, with a small risk of a
shower. Most places managing to
avoid them. This cloud is migrating
slowly eastwards. Temperature is not
that bad until 11 Celsius.
Overnight, clear skies, temperatures
dropping down a little further than
it has recently. A much colder night
tonight, out in the suburbs and
beyond. It could get down to zero.
Patchy cloud through the early hours
of tomorrow morning. Most towns and
cities hovering just above zero.
Tomorrow morning, a bright start.
Quite chilly. Through the day, mild
air moving in. We will see a
strengthening south-easterly wind.
That will start to the course of
tomorrow afternoon. A breezy day.
Still mild. The maximum temperature
of 14 Celsius. It's all change
overnight Wednesday and into
Thursday. That south-easterly wind
starts to go from the East, and we
lose the milder air. It is replaced
with colder air from the east. Much
colder air as it heads into Saturday
and Sunday. Yes, you will notice
things could turn progressively
wintry, with temperatures
significantly colder and we could
see wintry showers.
Riz will be here at 6.30
with our next news on BBC One.
But for now, have a
very good afternoon.