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The London Chamber of Commerce wants the rules on recruiting foreign workers in the UK to be relaxed. It comes after a report revealed over half of London businesses looking for new staff struggled to recruit in last three months.

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10 key London seats: Bethnal Green & Bow

With less than a month until polling day it's not clear in Bethnal Green and Bow who the most likely challenger to Labour is. In 2010 they won a big majority. The Lib Dems finished second. And Respect - who were defending the seat - came in third.

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This time Respect aren't standing, the Lib Dems are expected to lose votes and Tower Hamlets First - who run the council - won't say whether they are going to field a candidate. Throw in the mix allegations of fraud in last year's mayoral election and you've got one the country's most murky seats.

Sellers urged not to list property at unrealistic prices

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41% of homeowners in London would try to sell their property for a higher price than their estate agent quoted.

New research from online estate agency eMoov has warned that people could see their homes failing to sell for months because they have listed their properties way over their real value.

Its survey also found 31% of Londoners say getting the highest price is the most important factor when selling a home.

While only 3% would list their property at a lower price than they've been quoted by the estate agent.

Across the UK, it found the average home sold for £180,252 according to the latest Land registry report yet the average asking price on property website Rightmove is £279,000.


10 key London seats: Thurrock

In the latest of our series of ten constituencies to watch ahead of next month's election, we look at Thurrock where the result last time couldn't have been much closer.

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Five years ago, Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price just scraped into the House of Commons beating her Labour rival by fewer than one hundred votes. She's standing again but this time round Ukip could overtake both parties.

Barking bin lorry driver strike

Bin lorry drivers are on strike (library photo) Credit: PA

Bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham have gone on strike for two days in protest at a £1,000 pay cut.

Ninety per cent of GMB union members employed as bin lorry drivers in the borough turned out to vote in the industrial action ballot.

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said, "There is clearly something wrong when Barking and Dagenham council is cutting the pay of front-line service workers and increasing the wage bill with the introduction of new high level posts, and at the same time compromising health and safety.

There is no doubt at all that residents need a well-functioning refuse/cleansing service but there is a question as to whether residents will benefit from any of these expensive new jobs."

Bromley council workers to strike

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Members of the Unite union who are employed by Bromley council have begun a strike over what they call 'mass privatisation'. They have accused the council of wanting 'to privatise everything it does not have a legal duty to provide directly'. But the council says it needs to make £50 million in savings over four years from a net budget of around £200 million.

This, according to Unite, has led to a reduced workforce of directly employed staff; from 3,000 to 300.

Of those who voted in the ballot, eighty seven per cent opted for strike action. Disruption will continue into the 8th of April, with services affected including libraries and parks.

Boris Johnson third most influential political figure

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Boris Johnson has been ranked third in a list of the most influential political figures following research by the advertising agency Telegraph Hill. It measured online activity, appearances in traditional media such as newspapers and television and reputation.

The London Mayor was behind comedian Russell Brand in second place and Prime Minister David Cameron in first.

Chris Moon, the head of insights and analytics at Telegraph Hill said: "This analysis doesn't just show the people with the most Twitter followers: it looks at who's talking about political issues and has the platforms to make themselves heard."

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