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Charlie Hebdo protest attracts counter demonstration

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A demonstration by Muslims calling for some limits to freedom of speech attracted a small number of counter protesters from the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First.

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People taking part in the Muslim Action Forum event carried placards with slogans including "ABSOLUTE Freedom of Speech - no such thing", "To Insult Is Not Freedom" and "Learn Some Manners".

In response to the demonstration, small groups carrying Britain First banners and EDL flags also gathered on Whitehall. Some shouted "Je Suis Charlie" and some chanted racist slogans.


Campaigners stage demo outside Downing Street

Hundreds of Muslims have gathered in Whitehall as part of a demonstration against the recent publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The protest was organised by the Muslim Action Forum. Participants said they were campaigning for global civility and wanted to encourage people to live together harmoniously.

The group has been running a petition on its website, which has so far collected 106,496 signatures.

It reads: "I believe that through mutual consideration and the revival of civility as a shared medium of dialogue we are better equipped to reconstructing a more enlightened society."

The petition also includes the following points:

  • I endorse emphatically the Declaration of Global Civility drafted by the campaigners of Global Civility
  • I call upon the British Parliament to table a debate in both Houses of Parliament to discuss the endorsement of the Declaration of Global Civility
  • I call upon all civilised people and institutions globally to disassociate themselves from any actions that are an affront to global civility
  • I denounce the actions of all those people who are connected with the production of the cartoons of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him, and believe that these actions are an affront to the norms of civilised society.

Boris due to meet Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an event in New York last December Credit: Samir Hussein/PA Wire

Boris Johnson will meet American presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on his visit to America, aimed at supporting British business.

The Mayor of London will meet the Democrat frontrunner to be the next president in New York on Wednesday, according to the Sunday Times.

Boris's six-day trip is beginning in Boston today, where he will lead a delegation of representatives from the science and technology industries, and is hoping to boost trade ties between London and the U.S.A.


Election Court hears of 'appalling' behaviour of Tower Hamlets Mayor's supporters

Lutfur Rahman has been accused of 'electoral fraud'. Credit: PA

A Labour candidate who stood in the Tower Hamlets election last year has told a special Election Court that she was 'appalled' by the behaviour of supporters belonging to the party set up by the winning mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Victoria Obaze, who was standing in the Stepney Green ward, submitted a witness statement in which she said she saw supporters of the Tower Hamlets First Party blocking the way into a polling station so the police had to be called three times. She said she also the activists accompanying voters into the polling station to show them how to vote.

The trial begun after four people from Tower Hamlets made a series of allegations about the way the Tower Hamlets First party operated. Mayor Rahman has said there is 'little if any' evidence against him.

Boris Johnson in Paris for security talks

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Boris Johnson will be in Paris today to meet the French capital's Mayor as they work together on security in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

They'll also be announcing a programme for a cultural exchange between London and Paris which will take place in July.

More sex abuse files found in Whitehall archives

Four more files relating to historical child sex abuse have been unearthed in the Whitehall archives, the Cabinet Office has disclosed. The documents were discovered in a special archive containing "sensitive, historic papers". Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the files would now be made available to the newly reconstituted inquiry in to historical child sex abuse and to the Metropolitan Police. The disclosure comes after it emerged last month that the Cabinet Office was holding a secret dossier from the 1980s relating to the paedophile activities of the late diplomat Sir Peter Hayman.

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