The police station front counters which are to close have been revealed in Mayor Boris Johnson's new crime and policing plan.
Boris Johnson says the rail franchise fiasco strengthens his case for taking charge of London's commuter services.
In his first in-depth interview before being newly re-elected, London's Mayor says he's keen to continue his mandate.
Comedian Eddie Izzard has said he is prepared to take the flak for wanting to pursue a career in politics.
The 51-year-old is seeking the Labour nomination for Mayor of London in 2019 and if he does not get the endorsement he hopes to stand as an MP.
– Eddie Izzard
"People say, 'Well, you're a bit woolly' and 'You're really not informed'; 'You're not this' and 'You're not that'. But I realise those attacks are going to happen and you have to push through to get to a better place."
Izzard, who previously campaigned for Ken Livingstone to be mayor, criticised current London Mayor Boris Johnson, saying: "Boris is really all about Boris."
The funnyman added: "You know, the whole Boris bike thing is crazy. It was Ken's idea, he saw cycles for hire in France and wanted to set it up, but no-one seems to mention that. It's 'Ken cycles' not "Boris bikes'."
The Evening Standard is reporting that Boris Johnson has been urged to back a campaign to cut Heathrow Express ticket prices.
Hounslow Council has reportedly asked him to try and persuade Heathrow to adopt Transport for London's fare structure.
A single currently costs £20 from Paddington.
This scooter driver had two early morning shocks - one having an accident on his way to work in Southwark, the other being helped off the road by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Plans to base police officers in coffee shops and supermarkets were dropped today - as the Mayor confirmed his plan for policing in the capital.
The so-called "Costa Coffee" model has been ditched, following a public outcry.
But another controversial proposal is going ahead - the closure of 63 police station front counters.Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.
Influential Britons view Boris Johnson far more positively than the leaders of the three main political parties, according to a new YouGov poll.
The findings come from a monthly survey of UK opinion formers, drawn from politics, business, media, academia, non-governmental organisations and the public sector.
Joanne McCartney, London Assembly Labour Police and Crime Spokesperson said:
“We welcome some changes made by the Mayor, such as prioritising sexual assaults and serious youth violence, after we raised concerns with him. However, today we have further evidence that the Mayor and government’s police cuts are too far, too fast and are hitting the frontline.
"Londoners will lose nearly half of their police stations and, contrary to Boris’ claim, 17 of London’s 32 boroughs will see a reduction in the number of police officers they have. For Boris to continue claiming that every borough will see an increase is extremely disingenuous.
"He is peddling his tired old line that his plan won’t cut frontline police services. It’s time he was honest with Londoners and tells them he failed to get a good deal from government and now we are paying the price.
“Since 2010 we have lost 2,208 police officers and 1,778 PCSOs in London, the Mayor states a key aim is to have at or around 32,000 police officers, he has repeatedly failed to deliver on this promise.
"He also told us that all police stations closed down would receive like-for-like replacements, today’s announcement shows that isn’t the case."
Boris Johnson has unveiled a policing plan for London.
In his report, he says:
"Crime remains a top concern for Londoners, so this is a bold and comprehensive plan for a safer London, with strategies and clear targets to prevent crime, seek swift and sure justice for victims, and to cut reoffending"
To read the Mayor's policing and crime plan in full, click on the link here.
The Mayor of London has arrived at the launch of his policing plan. Despite the arctic conditions, Boris Johnson opted to arrive by bicycle.
The Deputy Mayor Jenny Jones has accused Boris Johnson of misleading Londoners by adjusting police figures.
The Green Party member says the real increase in police numbers is 272, not the 1,182 claimed by the Mayor's office.
She claims figures given to the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee show the Metropolitan Police Service adjusted the original budget police officer numbers down from 19,013 to 18,103 in order to take account of those services being delivered centrally.
This meant a reduction of 910 posts. Based on resource modelling the Met predict the target number of police officers working in Neighbourhood policing to be 19,285.
She says: "Londoners deserve openness and transparency, instead they have been misled by a Mayor who wants to spin the stats to create a rosy picture. People do not have a clear idea of what this Plan will do to the frontline.
"We are still in the dark about these new contact points which are supposed to replace front counters and police stations... The Mayor should run a second stage of the consultation providing Londoners will all the information they need in order to properly take part."