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Billions available to tackle potholes and road repairs

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Local authorities in London will be eligible for a share of nearly six billion pounds provided by the Government to tackle potholes and improve road maintenance. The money is being made available following a succession of severe winters.

Announcing the funding today, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the money would be enough to fix around 18 million potholes.


Ex-Officers to hand Hogan-Howe paedophile allegations dossier

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A group of former police officers are to submit a dossier of statements to Scotland Yard which they say is evidence of a cover-up for so-called "VIP" paedophiles.

The ex-officers have agreed to draw up statements on their claims that police operations against paedophiles were closed down, just as they started to uncover child sex abuse by prominent people.

According to the investigative website, Exaro, they plan to deliver them to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.They will also deliver their dossier to the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse, which has begun work, despite having no chairperson.

Two ex-Met officers have already come forward to the force on the current wide-ranging investigation into child sex abuse by a network of MPs and VIPs.


Met Police told to become more diverse

The Metropolitan Police must do more to increase its diversity- according to a new report by the London Assembly. The latest figures show that only 11 per cent of Met officers are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background- compared with around 40 per cent of the population.

Met Police told to better reflect the city it serves Credit: PA

The report makes a number of recommendations to further increase the Met's diversity, including: - Targeting BME women as a specific group and creating 'champions' to increase diversity. - Supporting flexible working to plug the rising numbers of female officers leaving the force. - Consider the legal implications of lessons from New York and Northern Ireland in the next two years, if other efforts to increase diversity prove unsuccessful.

In 2013, 11% of Met's officers were from a BAME background Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images
The Met has been recognised for making some progress Credit: PA

The Committee recognises that the Met has made some progress, including targeted recruitment activities at BAME and female groups. But Joanne McCartney AM, Chair of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, said: "All Londoners would benefit from a police service that thinks, looks and acts like our city. "There is much more that can be done, such as expanding flexible working and targeting BAME women as a specific group for recruitment, which would speed up diversifying the Met. "When the Met is more representative of the city it polices, we will have a force to be reckoned with. A police force that understands and meets the needs of Londoners."

Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh announces he wants to take over from Boris

Stephen Greenhalgh (left) is currently Boris Johnson's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. Credit: PA

One of Boris Johnson's deputies Stephen Greenhalgh has announced that he hopes to be the Conservative candidate at the next mayoral election. With Mr Johnson standing down in 2016, Mr Greenhalgh said he hopes to make London a less expensive city to live in:

The people who keep our city alive can no longer afford to live here. I have the track record and expertise to deliver for them.

– Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor

Mr Greenhalgh used to lead Hammersmith and Fulham Council where he reduced the council tax. If he became mayor, he's promising to cut transport fares and create new homes for essential workers. Mr Johnson has backed his decision to stand:

We need the strongest possible field and I am very pleased that Stephen Greenhalgh has decided to contest the nomination after an outstanding career in London government and in his current role as Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Should Mayor call for a 'stalkers register'?

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London Mayor Boris Johnson will face questions from the city's Assembly members later today during Mayor's Question Time.

Topics that are expected to come up include plans for the new Garden Bridge in the River Thames and the possibility of whether the Mayor should call for the Metropolitan Police to introduce a register of stalkers.

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