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Mayor calls for more research into dementia as major charities and pharmaceutical companies meet in London

Mayor Boris Johnson has called for more investment into a International Dementia Research Institute. This comes as early analysis shows that tackling the problem of dementia via an institute could contribute £850 million to the UK economy and nearly 2000 jobs.

Today some of the leading pharmaceutical companies and charities will meet at City Hall to discuss the concept of an International Dementia Research Institute which would aim to speed up tackling the illness.

"Dementia is a major global challenge and has devastating consequences for the lives of affected people and their families, social care needs and economic prosperity. The London-Oxford-Cambridge 'golden triangle' has been at the forefront of groundbreaking medical and scientific research for decades, with some of the best universities in the world, a rich array of pharmaceutical companies, unrivalled connectivity and risk-hungry venture capitalists. An International Dementia Research Institute based here would boost our life sciences' offer, with enormous potential to deliver benefits for patients, families and other carers, while delivering huge savings to the economy."

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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Hounslow Councillor: Lives are blighted by Heathrow

Hounslow Council and the residents living under Heathrow flight paths have shared their thoughts about a potential expansion of the airport.

In a clip posted on YouTube, one resident said "everybody wants to come to Hounslow", while others complained that they are in a "constant battle" against the noise from the aircrafts.

Councillor Amritpal Mann said "residents' lives are blighted" by the living conditions of air and noise pollution.

"It means their children have to suffer the constant noise that comes from the aircraft in their teaching, their schools and their gardens," he added.

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the Airport Commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

Hounslow Council happy 'Boris Island' plans killed off

Hounslow Council has welcomed the Airports Commission's decision not to add the inner Thames estuary proposal to its final shortlist.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader for Hounslow Council, said:

We, like most people, thought Boris Island was a flight of fancy and now that it has been sunk, Heathrow won’t have to close.

This makes many of the tens of thousands of jobs reliant on the airport more secure in the long term.

We’re proud to have Heathrow on our doorstep and want to see it prosper. But we want a better not bigger Heathrow, and a better deal for the people of Hounslow. We want the best quality of life possible for our residents now.

– Amrit Mann

"This means better protection from aircraft noise in our homes and schools and better public transport like a massively improved Piccadilly line and a new rail link from the south," he added.

Boris Johnson 'blames civil servants' for airport rejection

Mayor Boris Johnson has blamed civil servants for the rejection of plans to build a major new airport in the Thames Estuary, saying "They can't get their heads around it".

The scheme, championed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, was killed off after the commission said the proposal had "substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits".

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the Airport Commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

Howard Davies: Thames Estuary is not the right answer

Speaking after the decision to kill off plans for a "Boris Island" Thames Estuary airport, Airport Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies, said: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames Estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs."

"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's," he added.

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

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Boris Johnson: Rejection is a very temporary setback

Speaking about the rejection of the plans for a new major airport to be built in the Thames Estuary, mayor Boris Johnson has said the "Estuary airport is not dead".

'Londoners deserve an apology from their mayor'

Responding to news that the Airports Commission has ruled a Thames Estuary airport option off its final shortlist, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

Boris Johnson has long known that an estuary airport option was simply not viable, but has ploughed on regardless and wasted more than £5m of taxpayer money pursuing this pie-in-the-sky vanity project.

If anything, Londoners now deserve an apology from their Mayor. He has wasted valuable public money promoting an estuary airport to raise his profile, when the expert evidence all along suggested the idea was environmentally and financially doomed.

– Val Shawcross

Airport plans rejected

A plan to build a major new airport to the east of London was rejected by a government-appointed commission this morning dealing a blow to its high-profile backer, the city's mayor Boris Johnson.

The Airports Commission said the idea to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, nicknamed Boris Island, had not made the shortlist of options it is considering to expand Britain's runway capacity

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