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Mayor: Lawrence report 'profound and disturbing'

Boris Johnson's team said those responsible for failings over Stephen Lawrence policing should be held to account. Credit: PA

A spokesperson for Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: "The Mayor's Office takes the findings of the independent Ellison Review very seriously and we intend to take the time to digest the report in full.

"The report contains profound and disturbing findings related to the Stephen Lawrence investigation and subsequent inquiries. All allegations must be investigated fully and those responsible held to account.

"We recognise the serious impact these findings could have on public confidence in the police, and it is essential we have a Met police that is trusted and respected by all Londoners."

Harry launches new Games for injured troops

Prince Harry launching the Invictus Games at the Olympic Park. Credit: Georgina Brewer

Prince Harry has launched a new sporting event for injured British servicemen after being inspired by a similar event in the US.

The prince unveiled the Invictus Games alongside Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond at the Olympic Park in east London.

Harry has been working to bring the event to the UK after seeing British veterans competing in the Warrior Games in the US last year.

He joked that it was "such a good idea by the Americans that it had to be stolen".


Boris Johnson 'urged by PM allies to run for Parliament'

Boris Johnson is being urged by allies of David Cameron to stand for the next election as a Conservative candidate, according to The Times (£).

Chancellor George Osborne is said to have personally delivered the message that Mr Johnson should run, in what is seen as an attempt to call his bluff.

Boris Johnson and David Cameron seen pictured in 2012. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

According to the newspaper, the London Mayor is now believed to be weighing up whether to return to the Commons, since only elected MPs can run in a leadership election.

Watch: Boris Johnson: Prime Minster hints are 'just a joke'

Read: London Mayor 'backing Cameron all the way'

Boris: 'Don't include Farage in political TV debates'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will appear on ITV's The Agenda tonight Credit: Amer Ghazzal /Demotix/PA Images

UKIP leader Nigel Farage should not be included in political TV debates, says Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby to be broadcast on ITV tonight, the mayor said:

"I don't think how you can justify that as he doesn't actually have any MPs in Parliament. That seems to be the problem there." Asked if Nick Clegg should take part, he said:

"There are rules about this surely...The best thing possible would be head to head with Ed Miliband to expose the total vacuity of his policies that would take this country backwards and undo a lot of the work that's been done."

Other guests on tonight’s programme are Fiona Shaw, Theo Paphitis and Victoria Coren Mitchell. Topics discussed are women at work, welfare and the Church, and political debates.

Watch The Agenda on ITV at 10.35 pm tonight

Boris Johnson to appear on The Agenda tonight

Boris Johnson will be on The Agenda at 10:35pm this evening Credit: Amer Ghazzal / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

London Mayor Boris Johnson will join ITV's Political Editor Tom Bradby on tonight's edition of The Agenda at 10:35pm on ITV.

Also joining him on the panel will be the entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, the actress Fiona Shaw and the journalist and comedien Victoria Coren Mitchell.

They will be discussing welfare, women in the workplace and live TV debates.

You can get involved in the debate during the show on Twitter by following @agendaitv and using the hashtag #theagenda

Catch up on last week's programme here.


Boris Johnson: EU 'must reform' or UK will leave

The European Union must reform or the UK will be forced leave, Boris Johnson has warned.

The London Mayor hit out at the "morally bankrupt" countries who did not allow foreign workers in but let their citizens work in the UK.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson spoke out ahead of Angela Merkel's visit to the UK this week. Credit: PA

Returning from a skiing holiday in the French Alps, Mr Johnson dismissed claims Britain was the "problem child" of Europe, but warned the UK would need the German Chancellor on their side if there was any hope of reform.

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: "What kind of a system is it that allows French buses on the streets of London, but forbids English ski instructors on the slopes of the French Alps? I will tell you: a system that is morally bankrupt.

"We want reform; and if we don't get it, and we have to leave - well, it won't be because we couldn't obey the club rules. On the contrary - we complied, and they didn't."

Read: Boris backs EU referendum demands

Boris Johnson: Police do an incredible job

London mayor Boris Johnson expressed his sympathy for Mr Duggan's family while emphasising the "incredible pressure" under which firearms officers operated:

On any given day highly trained Metropolitan Police firearms officers can and do face life threatening situations in which they have to make instant judgments under incredible pressure, and yet in the last four years, having responded thousands of times, they have discharged their weapons on just six occasions.

Londoners should feel assured that the police do an incredible job keeping this city safe. I am confident that the Metropolitan Police Service will continue to demonstrate the highest professional standards and after today's verdict continue to work closely with local leaders to strengthen the bond of trust between the police and the public they serve

'Hair brained' mayor spoof not about Boris says BBC

A description of an "incoherent" Mayor of London with "hair-brained" schemes which featured in an episode of Sherlock was not an attack on Boris Johnson, the BBC has said.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Viewers would have seen the comments in a spoof newspaper story briefly on screen during Sunday's edition of the BBC1 show.

Boris said it was up to the BBC if they wanted to use licence fee cash to attack Conservative politicians, which he claimed was the corporation's "raison d'etre".

Mr Johnson - named in the story - was reported to have responded to the wording by saying: "It is elementary my dear Watson, I deduce a simple case of BBC bias."

But speaking on LBC 97.3 this morning, he said: "I think it is perfectly legitimate for people to satirise politicians and there you go."

Lee Rigby murder 'barbaric, heinous and unjustified'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has condemned the murder of Lee Rigby as barbaric, heinous and completely unjustifiable after Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of the Fusilier's murder.

"The murder of Lee Rigby was barbaric, heinous and completely unjustifiable," the Mayor said.

Boris Johnson condemned the murder of Lee Rigby as 'barbaric'. Credit: PA Wire

"Fusilier Rigby was a dedicated and professional young man whose life was taken in the most casual, brazen and horrific fashion, in broad daylight on the streets of London.

"This is a city that prides itself on tolerance, diversity and openness, values that stand in marked contrast to the actions of Lee's killers.

"Lee's courage, and that of those members of the public who sought to protect him, as well as the extraordinary bravery of the police officers involved are what we should remember today."

Read: Lee Rigby's murderers wanted martyrdom - they will get jail

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