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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Dramatic scenes unfolded at the world’s largest property fair in Kensington Olympia today, as protesters chanting ‘block Boris’ and waving banners that read ‘Homes for people, not profit’ blockaded the building.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Boris Johnson has been urged to ban smoking in open public spaces in London like Trafalgar Square (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has been urged to ban smoking in thousands of acres of parkland and public open spaces in London like Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Mayor smoked a cigar in an Islington park to celebrate the birht of his new baby Pic: Geoff Caddick/PA

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has boasted that he can drink at lunchtime then carry on with his working day, in an interview with the Radio Times.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
The march ended with a protest outside the Houses of Parliament against the decision by MPs to send fighter planes to Iraq (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Thousands of anti-war protesters marched through London to oppose Britain’s ‘insane’ bombing missions against Islamic State positions in Iraq.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014
(Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)

Thousands attended a peaceful demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in Portland Place last night.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Check out Cassetteboy's alternative version of the speech given by Prime Minister David Cameron today (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister gave his speech at the annual Conservative Party Conference today, but many will find this Cassetteboy version closer to what they really think about David Cameron’s policies.

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Rushanara Ali

Breaking: Rushanara Ali has resigned from her post as shadow education minister over parliament’s decision to carry out air strikes in Iraq.

Friday, September 26, 2014
The decision to ticket this year's New Year's Eve Fireworks display in London has been met with strong criticism (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The decision by Boris Johnson to sell tickets for this year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display in London has come under fresh criticism after touts were already offering them for hundreds of pounds.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
London taxi cabs will clog up Trafalgar Square today  (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Cabbies in London are threatening to bring London to a standstill today with a protest against Boris Johnson’s taxi pollution measures.

Boris Johnson
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Tottenham MP David Lammy has confirmed his intention to fight to be Mayor of London.

Tottenham MP David Lammy has become the first person to throw his hat into the ring for the fight to be Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London in 2016.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Boris Johnson is angry his plans for a new airport in the Thames estuary have been rejected (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has reacted angrily to the decision by the Airports Commission to reject plans for ‘Boris Island’, accusing its author Sir Howard Davies of setting the debate on aviation expansion back by half a century.

Boris Johnson
Friday, August 15, 2014
Stinky: Complaints about the state of toilets at the Houses of Parliament have gone up by a third since 2013, the Mail reports  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

If you think politics stinks, you’re right. Politicians are complaining that the Houses of Parliament have smelly toilets and broken plumbing.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Will Boris Johnson be laughing when Gabriella sends up his political ambitions on stage?  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

BoJo superfans rejoice – a Mayor of London musical is in the works!

Thursday, August 14, 2014
150 people squeezed inside boxes to illustrate the conditions faced by the population of Gaza trapped by the blockade (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

More than 150 men, women and children squeezed into tiny wooden boxes opposite Parliament this morning to put pressure on the Government to help lift the blockade on Gaza.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Cllr John Warren will investigate the theatre. Picture credit: Jan Nevill

A Conservative councillor has launched an investigation into whether the Tricycle Theatre breached its charitable status by refusing to host a Jewish event amid the conflict in Gaza.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Protestors gather outside BBC Broadcasting House before the march (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A huge march in London against the bombing of Gaza was marred by concerns members of the Jewish community felt intimidated and unable to join in. Thousands of demonstrators descended on the streets of London on Saturday, branding the Israeli offensive a ‘massacre’, but there were claims the protest had anti-semitic elements.

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Friday, August 8, 2014
The Chancellor's tabby cat Freya jumps down from a wall at her home in Westminster (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Chancellor George Osborne’s pet cat Freya is recovering at the vets after being hit by a car on Whitehall.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Police reconstruction of a moped robbery in 2007: Muggers riding a stolen scooter targeted Hampstead seven times in one day on Saturday. Picture: PA

Audacious thieves carried out seven terrifying moped muggings in Hampstead in one day, as community fears about a rising crime wave escalate.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Bosses at Barking Town Hall have admitted £1m will have to be written off

An IT bungle has cost an east London council more than £1million after thousands of tenants were able to rack up rent arrears and now can’t be found.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Lutfur Rahman's tweet

The Palestinian flag has been ripped down from Tower Hamlets Town Hall after Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s controversial decision to fly it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
James Dowson is a former BNP Party member and founder of Britain First [Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire]

The founder of a nationalist group that staged ‘Christian patrols’ on Brick Lane and invaded the East London Mosque has resigned and rejected his past behaviour.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said 5G will be rolled out in London by 2020 (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for London Music Awards)

Super-fast 5G internet allowing users to download a film in one second will be rolled out in London by 2020, according to Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mayor Lutfur Rahman faces a full inquiry into May's election in Tower Hamlets (Picture: Tower Hamlets Council)

A full inquiry into the controversial Tower Hamlets election which saw Lutfur Rahman crowned will go ahead after the Mayor’s legal challenge was thrown out.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ilford Jaloos 2014

A UKIP councillor has been accused of “scaring people with made-up information” after he branded an Islamic procession in Ilford “a call to war”.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Arsenal FC used to regularly give free season tickets to local police officers (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Islington police have been slammed for accepting up to £60,000 of free tickets from Arsenal football club.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Frank Dobson is set to quit to quit as an MP for Holborn and St Pancras at the next election (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Frank Dobson, the veteran Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, has confirmed he is quitting politics at the 2015 general election.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Almost 30,000 offenders were handed a police caution last year, sometimes for serious crimes (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Met has been accused of ‘letting criminals off’ after figures reveal almost 30,000 cautions were handed out last year for crime including rape, arson and robbery.

London
Monday, July 21, 2014
Area to right of Aquatics centre where 'Olympicopolis' is planned

Thousands of commuters are to get cheaper travel into central London with Zone 2 on the transport map being extended eastward to Stratford.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Murad Haider, director of GroupCars, launched a petition to try and save the mosque last year.

Plans to create a permanent mosque in an old Dagenham post office have been rejected by the government.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
'Science not slaughter' read placards held by activists from Campagin Against Arms Trade [Photo courtesy of CAAT Campaign Against Arms Trade]

Protests aren’t uncommon in the capital, but Londoners are used to seeing them take place in Trafalgar or Parliament Square, or near political buildings like foreign embassies.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Siobhan Patten, 26, with Joey Lyme, age 8 weeks. Her mum, Wendy, found a Stanley knife while trying to bathe him

A teacher has told of her horror after workmen left a Stanley knife between towels that she was about to use to bathe her six-week-old grandson.

Monday, July 14, 2014
The streets around the European Commission were flooded with a thousand people who oppose the plans [Photo courtesy of @dropthedebt Jubilee Debt Campaign]

A thousand people took to London’s streets this weekend to protest a new deal between the EU and the US that the protestors say “will give big business more power over our society, our environment, our public services, and our democracy.”

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Mayor of London said that three 23-year-old water cannon had arrived in the UK from germany and were being refurbished at a secret location (Picture via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has confirmed that the crowd control water cannon he has bought for the Met have been shipped to the UK and are being prepared for use.

Boris Johnson
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Boris Johnson is no stranger to the classroom! Here he is teaching a history lesson at Pimlico Academy (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Mayor has announced plans to teach kids aged 11 to 14 more about the city they live in.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected in Westminster (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected outside the Palace of Westminster in Parliament Square.

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This cat may have used up one of her nine lives! [Photograph by London Fire Brigade]

A fire tore through a a block of flats on Wanborough Drive in Roehampton on Wednesday afternoon - and one unusual casualty had to be rescuscitated by firefighters.

Baroness Sharples has previous form for lashing out at cyclists [Photograph by Ian Nicholson for PA]

A 91-year-old peer has admitted taking a swipe at a cyclist who didn’t stop at a pedestrian crossing outside of Parliament.

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Marcus Campbell (Pic: @Mr Exposed)

Police blocked more than a hundred angry protestors outside Croydon University Hospital last night who were demonstrating over the care of critically ill 22-year-old Marcus Campbell.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.