The Mayor's Office has confirmed Boris Johnson authorised the highly-controversial purchase of water cannon - despite not yet getting the go-ahead from the Home Secretary.
City Hall says buying the German vehicles now will mean savings of £2.3million compared to buying new water cannon and ensures they are ready as soon as possible'.
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Before the final declaration on Friday, the Conservative candidate looked set to lose the City Hall race to Labour's Sadiq Khan.
The Tooting MP has been the frontrunner in the counting process ahead of Tory challenger Zac Goldsmith.
It's not just London where elections have been taking place today. There were council elections taking place across the home counties.