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Boris: 'UK will see ebola cases'

Boris John speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

London's Mayor Boris Johnson has said that airport screening for ebola was a "far from perfect solution" and predicted there would be a case of the disease in London.

He told BBC 1's Andrew Marr Show: "It's one of those cases where we are at risk of seeming to promise stuff that doesn't really make any sense. You can't blood test everybody coming into the country."

He added: "The idea of screening it at airports is far from perfect as a solution."

Mr Johnson said there had been "fantastic preparations" to deal with the disease but he expected there to be a case in London.

He said: "I have no doubt, I have little doubt that eventually there will be a case of Ebola in this country and probably in this city."


Boris Johnson declines challenge to spend a day in a wheelchair

The Mayor's office has confirmed to ITV London that Boris Johnson has declined a challenge by paralympian Hannah Cockcroft to spend a day in a wheelchair using the tube network to get around.

The Mayor thanks Hannah for her passionate efforts to highlight the challenges wheelchair users face using public transport and will ask TfL to work with her to gain further understanding of the issues she raises.

He is very aware of the difficulties that are posed by our 150 year-old Tube network and that the picture for disabled people travelling in the capital is far from perfect.

London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world, but delivering continued improvements is a key priority for the Mayor.

– Mayor of London


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Rivals won't commit to giving mayor new tax powers

The two men hoping to be the next Prime Minister appear to be lukewarm about giving London’s mayor new powers to raise taxes.

The Prime Minister said today he was open to the idea but then suggested he was happy with the current system of council tax funding.

Labour leader Ed Miliband promised last week to look at devolving further powers but added his Shadow Chancellor ‘might have something to say about that.’

Boris Johnson has called on the government to allow the mayor to claim the proceeds of property taxes like Stamp Duty.

Johnson believes City Hall should have a greater say over how money raised from London taxpayers is spent.

His demand is echoed by some of the Labour MPs hoping to be their party’s mayoral candidate in 2016.

David Cameron told ITV News today he was not against letting the mayor levy taxes, but has yet to be convinced.

‘I’m open to suggestions, I think the London mayor model is working well. We have given extra powers but I’m always open to arguments and discussions.

‘At the moment, the system of having the council tax, a precept on the council tax, that seems to me to be appropriate and I don’t see the need for any more.’

David Cameron and Ed Miliband might disagree on many things, but both party leaders seem to agree when it comes to letting London have more control over the purse strings!

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