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Government's ultimate to the Moscow

over the nerve gas poisoning

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Good afternoon.

I'm Asad Ahmad.

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One of Labour's London MEPs

appears to be at odds

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with her party over Brexit -

as she's questioned whether it

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might happen at all.

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Mary Honeyball has served

in Brussels for nearly two decades

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but difficulties in negotiations

have caused her to

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doubt the outcome.

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However, another London MEP

is certain that next year

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he'll be out of a job and Brexit

will have happened.

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Here's our Brexit reporter,

Katharine Carpenter.

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Well, apologies for that, we seem to

be having some problems. We will try

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to get that report back to you as

soon as possible.

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Oxford Street could be

pedestrianised in time for Christmas

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after proposals to ban vehicles

were backed in a consultation.

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About half a mile of the street

would become a "traffic-free

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pedestrian zone" under the plans,

which the Mayor's office says

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will make it "one of the finest

public spaces and shopping streets

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in the world".

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A final decision is due

in the coming months.

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An Independent chicken shop

in Reading claims its being

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bullied by the restaurant chain

Nando's - because of its success.

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Nando's has launched legal

action against the shop

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called Fernandos, saying its copying

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its name and images.

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Lawyers for Nandos have

written to the owner,

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Asam Aziz calling on him to rebrand.

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Mr Aziz denies he's copied

the name, saying he got

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the idea from a TV show.

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Let's see we can go back to that

report about the London MEP who

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thinks Brexit may not happen.

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For 18 years, Mary Honeyball has

made this journey. She still

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believes Brexit could be stopped and

denies it has an impact on who work

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here yet.

Obviously everybody here

is aware Brexit, but we are still in

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the European Union and getting on

with our jobs.

But for one of the

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two London MEPs who voted to leave

the EU, things have been more tense

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at times.

On other things that went

through my mind is Will I have to

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resign, will I lose my job? I was

prepared for that. I thought I

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should put my own position ahead of

my decision.

The UK has 73 MEPs,

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eight of them represent London, and

they earn just over 100,000 per year

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before taxes, with generous pensions

and allowances. Mary Honeyball

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admits that maybe they could have

done more to counter the perception

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by some that they are living the

high life in Brussels.

One of the

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consequences of Brexit is that

Europe, European Parliament, what

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the EU does, is suddenly shot up the

political agenda. Sadly it has taken

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Brexit for people to take an

interest in it. Now I think we are

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getting a lot of exposure and people

do know who we are and what we do.

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For Mary, that involves meetings

like this Brexit briefing with her

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political group, and work with the

women's committee.

It would be a

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real shame to miss seeing something

you have worked on for a long time

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not actually happening, in practice.

She also says she is unclear about

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when her role will end, although her

colleague has no doubts.

My job will

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come to an end at the end of March

2018. At that time, the UK will

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leave and there will be no British

MEPs.

Will you feel sad about it,

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despite your vote?

Of course, I have

made many good friends, I have been

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an MEP for nearly 14 years. And it

has been a large part of my life.

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Both of them are coy about their

future ambitions, saying there is

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still much work to do over the

coming year.

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Two London mosques have gained

Grade II Listed status

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to recognise their "historic,

architectural and

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cultural importance".

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The Heritage Minister said

the Islamic Cultural Centre

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at Regent's Park and the Fazl Mosque

in Southfields celebrated the rich

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heritage of Muslim communities -

which go back hundreds of years.

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It's been described

as an exceptional place of worship.

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Now London Central Mosque has been

given Grade II star listed status,

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recognising its historic

and cultural importance,

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and protecting it for

future generations.

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Mosques and the Muslim faith

are an extremely important part

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of our national culture and life,

but they are somewhat

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under-represented on our list

of important buildings.

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So, it's really rewarding to be able

to undertake this exercise

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and protect the most important

mosques, and celebrate them.

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The movement to establish a central

mosque in London spans

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from more than 70 years,

although the first fund

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for the new mosque was set up

in 1910, construction didn't

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start until 1970.

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It was finished seven years later.

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From outside, you can really

appreciate the architecture.

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Regents Park was picked

as a location under

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Winston Churchill's government back

in the 1940s, in recognition

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of the importance of the Muslim

community in an increasingly diverse

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British society.

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While mosques are still typically

established that local community

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level, the London Central Mosque

remains the first remaining example

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to be built at a diplomatic level.

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Of the main points of the campaign

to the mosque was that, the time,

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and this is from 1910 onwards,

the argument was that there

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were more Muslim subjects

in the British Empire

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than there were

Christian, for example.

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But that there was no

nationally significant Mosque

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in Britain to represent that.

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The Fazl Mosque in Southfield,

in London, has been given

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Grade II listed status.

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Both mosques join a group

of around 20 celebrating

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not only the buildings,

but the heritage of Muslim

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There's concern that hundreds

of promising young footballers may

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be slipping through the net -

because they're too

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small for their age.

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It comes after research

highlighted the issue

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- and it's something BBC

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School Reporter, Gianni went down

to Charlton Athletic Academy

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to look into.

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The Charlton manager Karl Robinson

has been aware of the loss of small

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players for some time.

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He says that this can

lead to talented players

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leaving their clubs,

and in some cases dropping out

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of the game completely.

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I think them days have gone,

where size is paramount.

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Certain managers would

recruit purely and simply

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on the physicality.

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I think there was a thing

about Mourinho, about the type

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of players that he recruits.

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But, no, not for me.

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I don't think size

is an issue any more.

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Sanchez!

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Oh, Sanchez has scored

an absolute beauty.

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Some of the leading Premier League

strikers, such as Alexis Sanchez,

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are small in stature.

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That was unstoppable.

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But is it all about

physical attributes?

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If youngsters have those mental

attributes, which means they're

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willing to look for a coping

strategy, so they can compensate

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for what might be a temporary

disadvantage in size,

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if they've got the mental

attributes to cope with that,

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develop coping strategies,

then they'll probably be fine.

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That is a good ball

through the middle for Defoe.

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Snap shot.

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Smaller players like

Jermain Defoe have had long

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and successful careers.

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So youngsters shouldn't be put off

because they are a few inches

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shorter than everyone else.

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Now the weather with Kate.

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Good afternoon. Despite it starting

rather grey this morning, quite

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quickly we saw this, blue skies,

sunshine and brakes on a cloud.

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Really quite pleasant first thing.

Since then, the clouds rolling back

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in. We're going to see a patchy

cloud here and there through the

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afternoon. Still bright spells,

sunny spells, with a small risk of a

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shower. Most places managing to

avoid them. This cloud is migrating

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slowly eastwards. Temperature is not

that bad until 11 Celsius.

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Overnight, clear skies, temperatures

dropping down a little further than

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it has recently. A much colder night

tonight, out in the suburbs and

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beyond. It could get down to zero.

Patchy cloud through the early hours

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of tomorrow morning. Most towns and

cities hovering just above zero.

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Tomorrow morning, a bright start.

Quite chilly. Through the day, mild

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air moving in. We will see a

strengthening south-easterly wind.

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That will start to the course of

tomorrow afternoon. A breezy day.

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Still mild. The maximum temperature

of 14 Celsius. It's all change

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overnight Wednesday and into

Thursday. That south-easterly wind

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starts to go from the East, and we

lose the milder air. It is replaced

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with colder air from the east. Much

colder air as it heads into Saturday

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and Sunday. Yes, you will notice

things could turn progressively

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wintry, with temperatures

significantly colder and we could

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see wintry showers.

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That's it.

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Riz will be here at 6.30

with our next news on BBC One.

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But for now, have a

very good afternoon.

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