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Mayor to join Operation Secure Streets

London Mayor Boris Johnson will join police officers in Harrow today as they give out advice to local residents on how to prevent their homes from being burgled.

The visit forms part of Operation Secure Streets, an initiative designed to cut down on crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Tactics to tackle the issue of theft in the area include the distribution of 'traceable liquid', a substance which can be put on personal property to make it easier to track stolen goods.

Pensioners urged to claim their benefits

Around 30,000 pensioners are estimated to be in poverty because they are not claiming Pension Credit. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is urging pensioners to claim their benefits as part of the annual Know Your Rights campaign.

Around 30,000 pensioners are estimated to be in poverty because they are not claiming Pension Credit.

Approximately 30,000 carers are also not claiming what they are due.


London's affordable housing on target?

The Mayor's plans to build more affordable homes in London will be scrutinised today.

The London Assembly will ask a panel of experts if the Mayor will reach his target to build 55,000 affordable homes by 2015.

To reach his goal, around 9,000 new-build starts should have begun, but the committee says only a third of these were confirmed by the end of September.

Boris Johnson and his "excellent English"

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was today declared the winner of the Queen's English Society's 16th Arthur and Marjorie Goodchild Prize for Excellent English, for works published in 2012. His winning piece was "Not a single penny more for the EU's begging bowl" from The Daily Telegraph,

The panel of judges commented: "The winning article is lively, topical, well-researched and heartfelt, with Johnson's typical man-of-the-people touches, including the occasional cliché. He builds his arguments and individual sentences well."

Irregular! It wasn't irregular - it was a swindle. It was theft from you and me.…They must stop the waste and the fraud, says the EU Commission, before they have any hope of more bail-out funds. And yet these same EU officials preside over a vast and larcenous abuse of public funds, and now have the effrontery to tell us that they need a massive above-inflation increase to pay, inter alia, for the great unreformed caravanserai between Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

– Boris on the fraudulent payment for 150 non-existent sheep to a Spanish farmer, deemed 'irregular' by the EU court


London parks and waterways to benefit from £2m fund

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will announce a new £2 million fund to go towards projects in London which improve access to the capital's green spaces and waterways.

The Big Green Fund, as it's known, will give up to £420,000 to six projects across London.

The Fund builds on plans already in motion to make London a greener city, including the creation of 100 pocket parks and the planting of 10,000 more street trees in the next two years.

London's Mayor faces MP committee

Boris Johnson Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mayor Boris Johnson will tell the Home Affairs Select Committee later how public confidence in policing can be restored.

It comes after revelations that undercover police officers sought to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will also be appearing.

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