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Luxury floating village unveiled for London's docklands

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Boris Johnson has provoked a bitter row over affordable housing after unveiling plans for a luxury floating village. The London mayor described the development in the Royal docks as a new 'Venice of the North'.

Artist's impression of 'Venice of the North'
Artist's impression of 'Venice of the North' Credit: londonsroyaldocks.com

But Newham Council said the designer homes would be too expensive for local people.

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Police recover body of teenager from the River Thames near Marlow

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Police seal off footpath alongside River Thames Credit: Wendy Hermon

Police have recovered the body of a teenager from the River Thames near Marlow. Officers were called to a report of a person in difficulties in the river near Gossmore Lane at around 4.30pm today and conducted a search of the river with members of the fire and ambulance services. Just after 8pm this evening, officers from the Specialist Search and Rescue Team recovered the body of the boy, who is believed to be 13-years-old and from the Marlow area. The death is not believed to be suspicious at this stage and his family has been informed.

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Veteran MP Frank Dobson to step down at election

Former Health Secretary Frank Dobson
Former Health Secretary Frank Dobson Credit: PA

Veteran Labour MP Frank Dobson has confirmed that he will step down at the 2015 general election. The former cabinet minister formally announced his decision not to seek a ninth straight general election win at a meeting of party members.

"I have decided to pack in when people are stopping me in the street to say they hope I am not going - rather than waiting until they ask why the hell I am still around," he said.

Crossrail project at 'considerable risk' of being delayed

Crossrail workers in one of the scheme's tunnels beneath Whitechapel station
A group of MPs says the project is at 'considerable risk' of being delayed Credit: Reuters

There are still 'considerable risks' in delivering the Crossrail project on time, according to a group of MPs.

In a report into the progress of the scheme, the Public Accounts Committee said the one of the issues facing the project is the government's failure to secure enough support from London businesses. They group said the government had not adequately explained the scheme's potential benefits, leading to them securing less funding than hoped and potentially delaying the project beyond its 2019 deadline.

However, the Committee agreed the project was on budget and would provide good value for money for the taxpayer.

Inquest into Peaches Geldof death held today

Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her Kent home in April Credit: Reuters

The inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof takes place today, after the presenter and model was found dead at her home in Wrotham in Kent in April this year.

A toxicology test was undertaken in May and proved she had heroin in her system before she died- but the official cause of death has still not been discovered.

The inquest is due to begin at 10am at Gravesend Town Hall.

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