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Boris cautious on Hogan Howe's discrimination plea

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has reacted cautiously to a suggestion by the Metropolitan Police commissioner for a change in the law to allow positive discrimination in the force.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: PA Wire

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for a change in the law to allow the Met to recruit one ethnic minority officer for every white officer they take on to combat claims that the force is "institutionally racist".

The concept is based on the model used in Northern Ireland where a temporary change in the law allowed the newly formed Police Service of Northern Ireland to take on one Catholic for every Protestant it recruited.

Speaking on LBC radio, Mr Johnson said that while the Met needs a force that "looks like London", any move towards positive discrimination would have to be examined carefully.

Plan unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable

ITV London today revealed Boris Johnson plans to spend an extra £2m on lobbying for a new airport in the Thames Estuary. The mayor has already spent over £3m of London taxpayer's money in an attempt to persuade government that his plan should be taken forward.

Dr Onkar Sahota, Labour London Assembly for Ealing & Hillingdon said his plans could create 'economic chaos' for his constituents in Hillingdon and Ealing.

His plan is unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable. “His plan for a new airport would wreck west London’s economy and create economic chaos for my constituents in Ealing and Hillingdon.

We do need to make sure that Heathrow works for local residents, this means no ‘mixed-mode’, no additional night flights and different flight paths to reduce noise.

These are sensible workable policies that will make a difference and maintain jobs and the local economy.”

– Dr Onkar Sahota, Labour London Assembly for Ealing & Hillingdon


Economic impact of mayor's plans would be "devastating"

The Mayor of London is proposing to spend billions of pounds of public money to forcibly buy and then close Heathrow, immediately putting 112,000 people out of work. He would do this to build an expensive new hub airport at a further cost of £112bn to the taxpayer. The economic impacts of this at both a national and regional level would be devastating.

– Heathrow spokesperson

Mayor remains optimistic about estuary airport


Mayor says he is "always optimistic" the airports' commission will eventually back an estuary airport. @itvlondon


Mayor says the estuary airport has not been ruled out after the idea "was plucked from the waste paper bin" @itvlondon


Boris Johnson says he will "fight on" even if the Airports Commission backs Heathrow expansion. @itvlondon

Terminals to become shopping centres in Mayor's vision

Heathrow terminals would become shopping centres in Johnson's plan for the site Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Mayor Boris Johnson has laid out his plans with Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot this morning.

Options for the new area include named like Heathrow City, Heathrow Park and Heathrow Gardens.

The Mayor's idea for Heathrow City would include 80,000 homes and create 90,000 jobs. The terminals would be shopping centres.

Hillingdon's options include a London City-type airport to the north west of Heathrow.

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