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  • Boris Johnson apologises after giving wife 'backie' on his bike in  …
    Boris Johnson apologises after giving wife 'backie' on his bike in  … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Boris Johnson has apologised for giving his wife a "backie" on a bicycle, claiming he was "unaware" he was breaking the law. More »

  • Sol Campbell heads out of Tory race to be London mayor
    Sol Campbell heads out of Tory race to be London mayor Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Former footballer Sol Campbell has missed out in his bid to become the Tory candidate for Mayor of London. More »

  • Are 'anti-homeless' spikes heartless? Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Recently, some London shops and businesses have taken drastic measures to prevent the local homeless from sleeping or lingering near their establishments: They have installed metal spikes outside their buildings. More »

  • Boris Johnson at Chequers at PM's last Cabinet meeting before summer br …
    Boris Johnson at Chequers at PM's last Cabinet meeting before summer br … Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    David Cameron has chaired the final Cabinet meeting before the summer break - and invited London mayor Boris Johnson. More »

  • Lucky Motorcylist Walks Free From Lorry Smash Which Crushed His Bike
    Lucky Motorcylist Walks Free From Lorry Smash Which Crushed His Bike Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The terrifying video is a reminder of just how big the blind spot can be in some large vehicles More »

  • No knockout blow as George Osborne and Dennis Skinner go head-to-head
    No knockout blow as George Osborne and Dennis Skinner go head-to-head Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    George Osborne has been warned not to knock himself out of the Tory leadership contest by the Beast of Bolsover. More »

  • Queen's childhood 'Nazi salute' stirs British mania for monarch … Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - A grainy 82-year-old image of a seven-year-old Elizabeth offering what appears to be a brief Nazi salute has touched some of Britain's deepest obsessions: a mania for monarchy and a fascination with World War Two. Rupert Murdoch's top-selling Sun tabloid devoted seven pages to what it billed as a "world exclusive" but stressed the 17-second black-and-white film from the year Adolf Hitler came to power did not reflect badly on the 89-year-old monarch. Under the headline "Their Royal Heilnesses", The Sun said the film showed the future Edward VIII instructing his nieces, the present Queen, and her three-year-old sister, Princess Margaret, how to perform the Nazi salute. More »

  • London Mayor Hopeful Asks To Live In Your House In AWFUL Campaign Video
    London Mayor Hopeful Asks To Live In Your House In AWFUL Campaign Video Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Businessman Ivan Massow wants to be the Conservative candidate for next year’s election but based on this video, he’ll be lucky to secure a single vote More »

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  • Political Times: Lib Dem leader announced, Boris Johnson hosed down and the …
    Political Times: Lib Dem leader announced, Boris Johnson hosed down and the … Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The race to become the next Liberal Democrat leader will come to an end sometime this afternoon (16 July) when one of the candidates (there are only two) secures victory. The contest between former party president Tim Farron and former health minister Norman Lamb has been relatively thrill-free. Lamb has stressed his drug legalisation credentials, bashing the government's plan to ban legal highs and saying he would make cannabis legal. More »

  • England, Wales ban water cannon use by police. How do UK police tactics compare … Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The British Home Secretary has prohibited the use of water cannon as a means of crowd control in England and Wales, according to the BBC. Water cannons are used in Northern Ireland, but have never been used in the rest of the UK, the BBC reports. Most recently, law enforcement officials deployed water cannons to “patrol sectarian flashpoints at the climax of Northern Ireland’s marching season” on Monday, according to The Guardian. More »

  • Pollution blamed for thousands of London deaths
    Pollution blamed for thousands of London deaths Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Air pollution was the cause of the early deaths of almost 9,500 people in Britain's capital city in 2010, according to research by King's College London. More »

  • Theresa May Rules Out Water Cannon For Police
    Theresa May Rules Out Water Cannon For Police Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Theresa May says she has decided not to authorise the use of water cannon by police in England and Wales. The Home Secretary told MPs she was ruling out allowing forces to use the Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000 after a thorough review. Scotland Yard bought three of the water cannon second hand from German police last year at a cost of more than £200,000. More »

  • Theresa May refuses Met Police and Boris Johnson go-ahead for water cannon
    Theresa May refuses Met Police and Boris Johnson go-ahead for water cannon Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Theresa May has refused permission for police to deploy water cannon - leaving the country's largest force with three they cannot use. More »

  • Why Boris Johnson Has Been Left Red-Faced By The Government's Water Cannon  …
    Why Boris Johnson Has Been Left Red-Faced By The Government's Water Cannon  … Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The London mayor recently came out in support of the controversial devices in the clearest terms possible More »

  • British government won't let police use water cannons Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The British government has refused to let police in England and Wales use second-hand water cannons purchased after 2011 riots. More »

  • UK Government rejects water cannon use on British mainland
    UK Government rejects water cannon use on British mainland Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's government has refused to allow water cannons to be used on the British mainland, arguing that the crowd control weapons, which police said were needed following riots in 2011, could destroy public trust. Water cannons, which either douse crowds with spray or emit a more forceful jet, have regularly been used across Europe and in Northern Ireland to quell public disorder but never in the rest of the United Kingdom. Critics say they would cause irreparable damage to the image of British police whose officers are still mostly unarmed and patrol the streets as "bobbies on the beat". More »

  • Thousands dying early every year 'because of London's filthy air …
    Thousands dying early every year 'because of London's filthy air … Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Air pollution caused the early deaths of almost 9,500 people in London in 2010, according to a new study, showing far greater problems than previously estimated. More »

  • Eton Mess! Glitch Wrongly Invites 400 Boys
    Eton Mess! Glitch Wrongly Invites 400 Boys Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Princes William and Harry's old school, Eton College, has said it "deeply regrets" a mistake which left hundreds of would-be pupils thinking they had been given a place. A computer glitch at the public school that has produced more prime ministers - including David Cameron - than any other, meant an email intended for nine families with a conditional offer was sent out to 400 households. The glitch meant all the boys were offered a conditional place after an interview to join the September 2017 intake as long as they passed the Common Entrance exam. More »

  • London's Gatwick Airport attacks Heathrow expansion report
    London's Gatwick Airport attacks Heathrow expansion report Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - London's Gatwick Airport said it was still in contention to be chosen as the site for a much-needed new runway in southeast England, dismissing a report recommending expansion at Heathrow as flawed and stoking a political battle over the issue. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will make a decision on whether a new runway should be built at Britain's largest airport Heathrow [FERHT.UL] or Gatwick by the end of the year, an issue which divides the ruling Conservative party. Heathrow was recommended as the site for a new runway by an independent government-appointed commission earlier in July, but Gatwick said on Tuesday that the numbers in the report were flawed and it would be writing to Cameron. More »

  • Tube Drivers To Stage Fresh 24-Hour Strike
    Tube Drivers To Stage Fresh 24-Hour Strike Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    London Underground drivers are to stage another 24-hour strike amid a dispute over the new all-night Tube service. The announcement comes less than a week after a 24-hour Tube strike caused travel chaos in the capital . In the biggest Underground walkout in over a decade, the Tube network was shut down with stations closed, while other forms of transport were packed, even though extra bus and ferry services were laid on. More »

  • Tube drivers to stage fresh strike
    Tube drivers to stage fresh strike Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    London Underground drivers are to stage another 24-hour strike in a dispute over the new all-night Tube. More »

  • Tory MP Zahawi In Talks Over Kurdish Oil Role
    Tory MP Zahawi In Talks Over Kurdish Oil Role Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A Conservative MP who sat on an influential House of Commons Select Committee during the last parliament is in talks about a senior role with the London-listed oil company Gulf Keystone Petroleum. Sky News has learnt that Nadhim Zahawi, the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, has been approached about a leading strategy role with Gulf Keystone, which has been beset by a string of public shareholder rows in recent years. People close to the company said Mr Zahawi, who last month narrowly lost out in a bid to chair the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, was in "serious talks" about the part-time post as it moves towards the receipt of regular payments from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). More »

  • Sir Tim Hunt 'deserved to lose job'
    Sir Tim Hunt 'deserved to lose job' Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    One of Britain's top scientists has supported the condemnation of Sir Tim Hunt, who quit his job in the wake of controversial comments he made about women working in laboratories. More »

  • Australia Unveils Its First Electric Bus And It Looks Amazing
    Australia Unveils Its First Electric Bus And It Looks Amazing Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Developed with help from boffins at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, the ‘eBus’ is controlled by touchscreens and even includes USB charging docks in the seats More »

  • Tube services resume after strike
    Tube services resume after strike Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    London Underground services are back to normal after a 24-hour strike closed the entire system, causing travel misery for millions of commuters and holidaymakers. More »

  • 'Absolute Carnage' As Tube Drivers Go On Strike
    'Absolute Carnage' As Tube Drivers Go On Strike Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Millions of commuters faced rush-hour misery as they tried to get to and from work amid a 24-hour Tube strike that has caused travel chaos in London. In the biggest Underground walkout in over a decade, the Tube network was shut down with stations closed, while other forms of transport were packed, even though extra bus and ferry services were laid on. As business groups warned the strike will cost the capital's economy tens of millions of pounds, London Underground bosses contacted the conciliation service ACAS to help arrange new talks with union officials. More »

  • TfL Worker's Heartfelt Post Shows The Real Reason They're On Strike
    TfL Worker's Heartfelt Post Shows The Real Reason They're On Strike Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Mick Davey posted an emotional response on Facebook giving Underground staff's point of view More »

  • Acas asked to assist in Tube row
    Acas asked to assist in Tube row Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    London Underground bosses have contacted the conciliation service to help arrange fresh talks over the Tube pay dispute, which closed down the network today, causing travel misery for millions. More »

  • Chaotic rush-hour scenes as London Tube staff stage total shutdown
    Chaotic rush-hour scenes as London Tube staff stage total shutdown Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Early morning commuters form queues to board buses at Victoria station during a network-wide tube train strike in London on July 9, 2015 More »

  • Londoners suffer as strike shuts Tube
    Londoners suffer as strike shuts Tube Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    By Michael Holden and Lucy Mortlock LONDON (Reuters) - A 24-hour strike by staff and drivers brought the British capital's underground rail network to a halt and left millions of Londoners struggling to get to work on Thursday. London Underground's bosses said no trains would run all day on the Tube, as the world's oldest underground passenger railway is known, because of the stoppage. Tony Clark, a radio producer who usually uses the rail network, turned to a boat service on the River Thames for his commute from Greenwich in east London. More »

  • Strike begins against 24-hour London Underground
    Strike begins against 24-hour London Underground Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The first London Underground strike shutdown since 2002 got underway on Wednesday, as drivers protested pay and plans for a new 24-hour service due to start in September More »

  • Commuters rush home ahead of strike
    Commuters rush home ahead of strike Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The rush hour started early in London as commuters left work to beat a Tube strike which will cripple services until Friday morning. More »

  • Pay Rise For UK With 'National Living Wage'
    Pay Rise For UK With 'National Living Wage' Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Millions of the country's poorest paid people will see their wages increase after George Osborne announced a new £9-an-hour National Living Wage. Declaring "Britain deserves a pay rise", the Chancellor said over-25s would benefit from the compulsory increase by 2020. Mr Osborne said it would mean a direct pay rise for two and a half million people and that those currently on the minimum wage would see a £5,000 wage increase by the end of the decade. More »

  • Londoners brace for largest tube strike in over a decade Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Commuters in the English capital may be well advised to stay home while the London Underground halts all 11 of its lines for a 24-hour strike starting late Wednesday afternoon. Four transit unions planned the strike after failed negotiations with the London Underground over health, safety, and compensation issues connected to the city’s new Night Tube service, slated to begin in September. One of the disgruntled unions, the Transport Salaried Staff’s Association (TSSA), took to its website to announce the strike and share its reasoning for freezing London’s widely used underground transit system. More »