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Buskers 'important for cultural richness of London'

Buskers are "incredibly important for the cultural richness" of London, Boris Johnson said today as he launched a new campaign to support musicians across the capital.

"I was cycling home last night and I heard the strings of 'Hotel California' being played across London Bridge by this guy with an electric guitar and it was magical, truly magical and I think it lifts the city," the mayor added.

Read: Boris Johnson launches back busking campaign

Boris Johnson launches back busking campaign

Boris Johnson has launched the new BackBusking campaign to support musicians playing in public spaces around the capital.

Boris Johnson showed his support at St Pancras station this morning. Credit: ITN

The Mayor of London showed his support for the campaign at St Pancras station in Kings Cross this morning amid concern that some parts of London could become no-go areas for buskers as a result of increasing red tape.

Some areas now operate mandatory licensing charges and can impose potentially large fines.

The mayor, who met X Factor star Luke Friend and Kilburn-based band The King's Parade at the event, said busking was very important for the "cultural richness of London".


Mayor hints at referendum over closing Heathrow


City Hall hints at a possible referendum over closing Heathrow as @mayoroflondon meets Denver's mayor. @itvlondon


Denver used a referendum in its battle to replace Stapleton Airport with the new DIA in the 1990s. @itvlondon

Mayor sets out options for Heathrow redevelopment.

Mayor of Denver successfully relocated US airport

Mayor of Denver Michael B Hancock will be discussing airport relocation with Mayor Boris Johnson today Credit: Reuters

Officials from Denver will tell the Mayor today how he managed to successfully relocate Stapleton International Airport in 1989.

Despite a law suit against the city brought by local residents incensed by aircraft noise pollution, and opposition from major airlines who claimed demand for a new airport was non-existent, they successfully relocated the airport to a new site outside the city with room for 12 runways.

The team from Denver are also expected to meet with officials from the Davies Commission, who are considering where best to locate new aviation capacity in the southeast.


Wouldn't he do well?

Boris Johnson
Sir Bruce's suggestion for the new host of Strictly Come Dancing Credit: PA Images

Replacing a TV legend is always a tall order, but does the Mayor of London have what it takes?

In an interview for Channel 5 News, Sir Bruce Forsyth, when asked who was going to fill his shoes on Strictly Come Dancing said he'd like to see Boris Johnson have a go.

Sir Bruce said he suspected London's Mayor had a good set of dancing shoes. And he offered to take over the job of running the capital as Mr Johnson's replacement.

Mayor of London flustered after housing protests

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent
Boris Johnson reacts as he arrives at the council house. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

The Mayor of London looked a little flustered as he arrived to view a new council house.

Boris Johnson was greeted by demonstrators angry about the lack of affordable housing as he walked through north London.

Read: Angry protesters follow Boris Johnson in north London

Boris Johnson greeted by angry protesters

Boris Johnson was greeted by angry protesters as he arrived at a community centre in Muswell Hill.

The demonstrators, who were protesting about the lack of affordable housing in the capital, were held back behind a police cordon.

Mayor safely behind the police cordon. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris
Boris Johnon runs the gauntlet of protesters outside a community centre in Muswell Hill. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris
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