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Mayor launches 16-18 volunteering scheme

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Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Boris Johnson is launching a new volunteering initiative aimed at getting young people into work. The programme, called Headstart London, will work with 16 to 18 year olds, offering them volunteering opportunities.

The aim is to boost their skills in communication, team work, organisation and self-discipline, and help them find jobs.

Polls open for Council Elections, Mayoral Elections and European Elections

Voters are heading for the polls in London Credit: ITV News

Polls are open for London voters in the European and local elections.

It's expected the capital will be England's biggest battlefield with all seats in London boroughs up for grabs.

Polling stations are open throughout the day with most councils declaring through tomorrow.

Counting of the European Parliament votes starts on Sunday.

The result won't be announced until after 10pm when all the polls will have closed across the EU.

See London's Political Correspondent Simon Harris' guide to the London elections in here.

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More than half of young gay people experience bullying

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Research by Stonewall shows that more than half (55 per cent) of gay young people experience homophobic bullying.

The Lesbian Gay and Bisexual charity says that if homophobic bullying goes unchallenged, it can have severe negative consequences for young people.

It says three out of five gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many have skipped school because of it. Homophobic bullying also impacts on young people's self-esteem and ambitions.

Welby to Launch Homophobic Bullying Measures

The Archbishop of Canterbury wants children to be protected from homophobic bullying Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be in Lewisham today to launch measures to tackle homophobic bullying in Church of England schools. Justin Welby recognises what he terms 'particular challenges in this area' and insists pupils must be protected.

The Archbishop explained that the guidance was about "challenging schools to strive towards a deeply accepting environment for all their pupils".

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