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Big Ben gets a new name

Big Ben is re-named in honour of Queen's Diamond Jubilee Credit: PA

One of the London's best-known landmarks is to be renamed in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, following a campaign by MPs.

The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster - known to millions by the name of the bell it houses, Big Ben - will in future be known formally as the Elizabeth Tower.

Commons authorities backed the change last night after dozens of politicians added their names to a push by Tory Tobias Ellwood in favour of the switch.

Accusations about unpaid workers at Jubilee prompt Olympic staffing concerns

The former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott has called for an investigation, after allegations that unpaid workers at the Diamond Jubilee river pageant were forced to sleep under London Bridge before they started their shift.

Lord Prescott says the workers were brought into the capital under the Government's Work Programme, where they worked as stewards controlling the crowds.

He claims it could set the tone for staffing London's Olympics.

Simon Harris has this report.


London 2012: 'We take the welfare of workers very seriously'

Olympic organisers have made a statement about their contract with Close Protection UK, after the company was accused of forcing unpaid Jubilee workers to sleep under London Bridge.

Close Protection UK is providing fire marshall services for us. They were appointed via competitive tender process, and will be providing accommodation for staff where necessary (ie where they don’t live locally). We take the welfare of workers very seriously, and we were assured during the tender process that appropriate accommodation will be provided.

– London 2012 spokesperson


In pictures: Margaret Tyler's collection

From the photos of her collection, it is clear just how devoted Margaret Tyler is to the Royal Family.

The long-standing monarchist from Wembley has extended her house to make room for her hoards of regal memorabilia.

Royal china, photographs, books - and gnomes. Credit: London Tonight.
Some of the items are decidedly quirky. Credit: London Tonight.
Margaret has met the Queen several times. Credit: London Tonight.
A collection of royal portraits. Credit: London Tonight.
A cardboard cut-out of the Queen. Credit: London Tonight.
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