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Boris Johnson prepares to take on troops in tug of war

Boris Johnson is to launch London's Poppy Day by taking part in a tug of war against members of the armed forces.

Now in its 10th year the Poppy Day has raised over £3.8 million for the Royal British Legion and other service charities.

The Mayor's tug of war gets underway at 9 o'clock this morning near City Hall.

He'll hope not to repeat his most recent sporting appearance, where he rugby tackled a child during a visit to Japan.

Boris Johnson rugby tackles a child Credit: PA

Boris backs London's grassroots music scene

The Astoria closed down in 2009 Credit: Zak Hussein/PA

London has lost 35 per cent of its grassroots music venues since 2007 according to a report. The number of spaces programming new artists has dropped from 136 to just 88. The London's Grassroots Music Venues Rescue Plan, produced by the Mayor's Music Venues Taskforce, suggests that whilst London's music industry is generating billions for the economy it's under threat at a grassroots level.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson says: 'From the Rolling Stones to David Bowie, the Clash to Oasis and Ed Sheeran to Adele, grassroots music venues have played a key role in enabling some of the biggest names in music to develop as artists and to build audiences. They are the incubators for the stars that go on to pack stadiums in London and across the world. The Music Venues Taskforce report makes it clear that protecting live music venues is crucial to London's continued position as the music capital of the world.

The Rescue Plan identifies a range of factors for grassroots music venues closing and continuing to be under threat. This includes rising rents and licensing restrictions; noise complaints by resident and landlords selling venues to developers to turn into housing.


Boris to attend Cameron's cabinet meetings

Boris Johnson outside Downing Street this morning Credit: Tom Calverley/Twitter

London Mayor Boris Johnson will be a member of David Cameron's political cabinet - but not a minister, the Prime Minister has said. The newly-elected member for Uxbridge & West Ruislip was spotted with his cycling gear at Downing Street this morning, as David Cameron appointed his government.

Mr Cameron swiftly revealed the appointment on Twitter. Mr Johnson had not expected to take a big spending department while serving out his final term as London mayor.

Mr Cameron said: "Boris Johnson will be attending my Political Cabinet. As promised, he will devote his attention to his final year as Mayor of London."

My sex appeal will not win election for Tories, says Johnson

Boris Johnson, speaking in North West London this morning Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has insisted his sex appeal will not prove pivotal in swinging the election in the Tories' favour.

Speaking to party supporters and workers at Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage in Stanmore, north west London, he was told that a survey had found he was the politician most married women would like a fling with - and asked if he would use this tactic to woo voters.

To laughter among the audience, he replied: "I don't think it's going to be the fulcrum on which this election is going to turn."

Boris Johnson third most influential political figure

London Mayor Boris Johnson Credit: PA

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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