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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?

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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.

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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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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
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