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Capitals proposed footbridge

Garden bridge connecting Temple to South Bank Credit: Garden Bridge Trust

The proposed bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick CBE to accommodate pedestrians and backed by actress Joanna Lumley, would provide a new route connecting the north and south of the capital. Thomas Heatherwick CBE is also known for his design of the London 2012 Olympic cauldron

Mayor orders Transport for London to fund Garden Bridge

Figures have been released on the proposed footbridge connecting Temple with the South Bank. Known as the 'Garden Bridge', Boris Johnson has ordered Transport for London to provide funding for the bridge of up to £30 million. The annual cost of maintaining the bridge is estimated to be £2.5 million.

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City Hall reveals the annual cost of "gardening" London's new Garden Bridge will be £2.5m. @itvlondon

Asked how mad is Blair? "That's not for me to say" says Mayor

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Boris on Blair asked: how mad is he? "That's not for me to say" @itvlondon

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London mayor Boris Johnson tries to row back his attack on Tony Blair's mental state, describing it as a "colourful metaphor." @itvlondon

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Boris Johnson says Tony Blair 'has gone mad' over Iraq

Boris Johnson has launched a pointed personal attack on former prime minister Tony Blair over his claims that the current conflict in Iraq is not linked to the West's 2003 invasion.

Boris Johnson has launched a pointed personal attack on former prime minister Tony Blair .
Boris Johnson has launched a pointed personal attack on former prime minister Tony Blair . Credit: PA

In his Daily Telegraph column, Mr Johnson said Mr Blair had "finally gone mad" and his "unhinged" attempt to rewrite history is undermining arguments for Western intervention in Iraq.

"In discussing the disaster of modern Iraq he made assertions that are so jaw-droppingly and breathtakingly at variance with reality that he surely needs professional psychiatric help," the London Mayor added.

Watch: Tony Blair: The West must engage with Syrian war

He said that by refusing to accept that the 2003 war was "a tragic mistake", "Blair is now undermining the very cause he advocates: the possibility of serious and effective intervention.

"Somebody needs to get on to Tony Blair and tell him to put a sock in it, or at least to accept the reality of the disaster he helped to engender. Then he might be worth hearing," Mr Johnson concluded.

Mayor puts final 'Boris Island' submission to Airports Commission

A promotional picture of so-called 'Boris Island'

Boris Johnson has put in a final submission for a new airport to the Airports Commission - the body deciding how to expand air capacity in the South East - in a bid to get a new airport built in the Thames Estuary.

The Mayor claims a new airport on the Isle of Grain would boost the economy by £7 billion each year and create thousands of jobs, but his plans have attracted criticism in the past.

Yesterday, Medway and Kent Councils, who both oppose the Mayor's plans, published the results of a survey they commissioned that apparently showed five out of six adults would oppose the new airport.

Rival bids include Heathrow and Gatwick airports, each campaigning for a new runway. The Commission is due to make a final recommendation by 2015.

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