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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.

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