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Billion pound boost for London's motorways

The government money will go towards making road improvements across London and the South East Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Plans to unveil a two billion pound boost to improve roads across London and the South East will be unveiled by the government later today.

The money will go towards expanding junctions on the M25 as well as building a new bypass on the A27.

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Union boss welcomes Mellor's apology over cab rant

David Mellor leaving after his LBC morning radio show Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

David Mellor's apology following his foul-mouthed tirade against a London taxi driver has been welcomed by trade unions.

Mick Cash, the general secretary of transport workers' union the RMT, said the "appalling incident" will fuel a respect campaign.

Mr Cash said: "David Mellor's apology is better late than never. Of course he has shone a light on both the attitude of the elite to the working classes and the sort of abuse taxi drivers and other transport workers are subjected to day in and day out. This appalling incident will fuel RMT's respect campaign for all transport staff out there on the front line."

Mr Mellor told listeners to his show this morning that Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, had said "I've picked him up myself. He's actually a very nice guy. Despite everything he said, he's not a bad guy."

He also said he would make a "substantial donation" to the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association's Christmas charity appeal.

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Mellor apologises over rant at London cabbie

David Mellor, whose tirade against a cab driver was recorded Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

David Mellor has apologised for his foul-mouthed rant at a London cabbie earlier this week. The former minister hit headlines after he was recorded swearing at the driver.

Speaking on his Saturday morning radio show on LBC today he said he was "really really sorry" for his verbal abuse of the driver.

He said: "Well there's no denying it, what a week, really torrid, but probably no worse than I deserved, I can't think what possessed me to lose it with that cabbie the way I did. Ok, I had a case but I threw it away by the way I spoke and I'm really really sorry about that."

He added: "It's water for me at the next celebratory lunch, I've definitely made that decision."

The former minister went on to thank other taxi drivers who had supported him since the incident.

He also said he would be making a "substantial" donation to the Taxi Drivers Association's Christmas charity appeal.

Read: Former Cabinet Minister David Mellor secretly recorded telling cabbie to 'f*** off' during rant**

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