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Tessa Jowell statement

The Mayor of London has the power to make a profound and lasting difference to the lives of millions of Londoners, and I've made no secret that I've been preparing my plan. But my fervent belief is that London’s best hope for a better future is a Labour Government, so all of my campaigning energy is directed towards helping our Labour candidates in marginal seats win in 2015.

Applications to be Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London don’t open until after the election, so that is the appropriate time for a formal declaration. I’m standing down as MP for Dulwich and West Norwood so that I can fully prepare for meeting that challenge, and I intend to bring a plan for London that will be bold, ambitious, and will meet the aspirations of all Londoners

– Dame Tessa Jowell, Dulwich and West Norwood MP

Tessa Jowell plans to stand for London Mayor

Dame Jessa Jowell plans to stand for Mayor of London Credit: Reuters

The former Olympics Minister Dame Tessa Jowell has said she is planning to stand for Mayor of London at the election in 2016. The Dulwich and West Norwood MP has already announced she will be quitting the House of Commons at the next General Election.

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Occupy protesters gather at Parliament Square

Around 100 protesters from the Occupy movement have gathered at Parliament Square calling for "real democracy now".

The Met Police said it attempted to make contact with organisers but the group had "failed to engage" with the force. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The force confirmed a Section 60 AA order was in place in the area around Parliament Square which gives police powers to force people to remove masks where they anticipate criminal activity. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Protester Tom Kay, from Sheffield, said, 'The police are unwilling to let people protest seriously.' Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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'I got it wrong' says MP as England flag tied to her home

The Labour MP who resigned from the shadow cabinet after her white van Rochester tweet has said she "got it wrong" as a flag of St George was tied to railings outside her London home.

The flag of England, the St George's Cross, flaps in the wind after being tied to Emily Thornberry's house.

Emily Thornberry, the former shadow attorney general, stood down after facing criticism for her photo that appeared to ridicule a Rochester home with three large England flags draped across the front of the house.

The Islington South MP spoke to reporters outside her house before cycling off to Parliament.

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