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Boris visits Pimlico Academy

Boris Johnson arrives at New Street station for Conservative Party Conference (8 October) Credit: REUTERS

Lord Mayor Boris Johnson is visiting an academy in Pimlico today, after announcing he wants to see more free schools at the Conservative Party Conference.

The Mayor says he has plans to unveil which will make the capital a world leader in education.

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Mayor apology to firms hit by Games

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson has apologised to London businesses whose trade was hit by the Olympics.

The mayor denied claims the capital became a "ghost town" during the summer spectacle, but admitted tills failed to ring in some shops after figures showed trade dipped in parts of the city.

He told LBC 97.3 radio: "I'm not going to pretend it was a bonanza for everybody and for those that feel hard done by I'm sorry for the losses or low takings they had.

"But the overall economic benefit to London of people around the world seeing a city that can deliver an amazing event like that so successfully was incredibly positive."

Boris: Success of Olympic Park depends on 'creative thinking'

London Legacy Development Corporation meeting. Credit: London Tonight

London Mayor Boris Johnson chairs his first London Legacy Development Corporation meeting. The meeting at City Hall follows the Mayor's decision to remove Daniel Moylan earlier this month. Mr Johnson says the success of the Olympic Park depends on "creative thinking".

City Hall. Credit: London Tonight

The Mayor claims E20 will be a fashionable postcode. LLDC signs a co-operation deal with Sochi 2014 and Boris asks if it will mean freebies to the fleshpots of Sochi? The answer is no. Boris Johnson says he is "not wedded to football" in the Olympic Stadium.

The LLDC then meets in a closed session and the press and public are excluded.The Mayor calls it the "politburo".

Boris Johnson wades into Andrew Mitchell row

London Mayor Boris Johnson has become involved in the row about the government's chief whip Andrew Mitchell and police officers guarding Downing Street.

Mr Johnson has backed the police officers who threatened to arrest Mr Mitchell.

The Mayor was speaking after a leak of the official police log of the encounter between the politician and the police.

Mr Mitchell has apologised for his outburst but denies using the words being quoted.

This report from our Political Correspondent Simon Harris.

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