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London City Airport Closed After Unexploded Second World War Bomb Found Nearby

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London City Airport has been closed and all flights cancelled after an unexploded Second World War bomb was uncovered nearby in the River Thames.

The device was found at George V Dock during pre-planned work at the airport on Sunday morning.

Police set up a 214-metre (700ft) exclusion zone at 10pm on Sunday to decrease risks to the public after its origin was confirmed by specialist officers and the Royal Navy.

Up to 16,000 passengers are expected to be affected by the airport’s closure, a spokesperson told the BBC. 

Properties near the airport were evacuated overnight with residents moved into temporary emergency accommodation.

Road cordons have also been put in place with drivers warned about disruption to their journeys if travelling through Newham.

A tweet from the airport said: “All passengers due to travel from London City on Monday are advised to contact their airline for further information. Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport until further notice.”

Specialist officers are working with the Royal Navy to remove the ordnance, the Met said. 

“While we endeavour to progess the operation as quickly as possible and minimise disruption, it is important that all of the necessary steps and precautions are taken to ensure it is dealt with safely,” the Met said on Monday morning. 

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Securing Access To The Single Market Is Crucial To Fixing London’s Housing Crisis

Our country and our capital are both firmly in the grip of a housing crisis. Londoners in particular are suffering at the hands of an affordability crisis which stems from years of failure to build enough genuinely affordable homes – with a market now totally reliant on expensive new housing that is way out of the reach of the vast majority of Londoners. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and I have made building more genuinely affordable homes to buy and rent one of our top priorities. Over the last 18 months, we have begun to invest £3.15billion in new genuinely affordable homes, and Sadiq has used his planning powers to rewrite the rules and step in and take proactive action wherever necessary to boost the level of affordable housing across the city.

But there can be no avoiding the fact that to build these new homes and the infrastructure to support them, our city – and indeed our country – desperately need thousands of skilled labourers and homebuilders.

Yet new independent research published by the Mayor today reveals the potential impact of a no-deal hard Brexit – with a warning there could be as many as 43,000 fewer construction jobs in the UK over the course of the next decade, than there would be if we proceeded with the status quo. The analysis, commissioned by the Mayor and carried out by leading economic analysts Cambridge Econometrics, showed there could be 5,000 fewer construction jobs in the capital – at a time when in London we desperately need to boost affordable homebuilding to tackle the housing crisis.

We simply cannot afford to lose skilled EU labour that contributes so much to our city – it is abundantly clear that building the thousands of genuinely affordable homes Londoners so desperately need means we must have access to the very best talent

It forms part of wider research that shows that if the UK leaves the EU with no deal on the single market, customs union or transition arrangements, there could be up to 482,000 fewer jobs across the entire UK than would otherwise be the case. Much-needed investment in the construction sector could fall nationally by £9.6billion – of which £1.2billion would be lost in the capital up to 2030. If you also take the fact that the UK construction sector may miss out on more than £750million by 2030 as a result of less foreign it paints a sorry picture of the government’s abject failure in its negotiations with Brussels.

Experts have suggested that London needs an extra 13,000 new construction workers every year until 2021 to build the homes and major transport infrastructure projects like HS2 and Crossrail. The Mayor has always been clear that a skilled migrant labour work force plays a crucial role in this, and with one in four workers in London coming from the European Union, the need for the government to give a cast-iron guarantee to EU workers has never been more critical.

The Mayor is working hard to train up more Londoners to have the skills needed to work in construction, but we all know that takes time and we already have a significant skills gap to plug. The Prime Minister cannot continue to ignore the valued role EU workers play in not only our construction sector, but the very fabric of our city.

The Mayor has been clear that the government must take its head out of the sand and abandon its pursuit of an extreme hard Brexit, instead seeking a deal that secures continued access to both the Single Market and the Customs Union. We simply cannot afford to lose skilled EU labour that contributes so much to our city – it is abundantly clear that building the thousands of genuinely affordable homes Londoners so desperately need means we must have access to the very best talent from Europe and around the globe.

Securing access to the single market and customs union is crucial to allowing both London and the rest of the country to benefit from a skilled construction workforce that we desperately need if we are to fix the housing crisis. The Prime Minister must listen, and change course before it is too late.

James Murray is London’s deputy mayor for housing and residential development

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Will Young ‘Subjected To Homophobic Abuse’ By London Bus Driver

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Transport for London has apologised to Will Young after he was allegedly subjected to “homophobic abuse” by a bus driver. 

The Pop Idol winner claimed the driver called him a “poofter”, calling on Transport for London (TfL) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to help find the man so “he doesn’t abuse others”.

The incident was reported to TfL ten minutes after it happened, but video footage of the exchange was not available, Young wrote on Twitter. 

“TfL [have] been great at reacting to my tweet,” he continued. 

“All I need is an apology – no witch hunt. To be called a poofter isn’t the nicest thing and it reminds me what a vile thing prejudicial language is to try and shame others.” 

The singer added: “I can take action, many young people can’t.” 

According to the BBC, the incident happened on December 12 while Young was driving his car in Fulham. 

TfL said it was investigating the incident, calling hate crime “completely unacceptable”. 

“We’re very sorry to hear of Will Young’s experience, and are looking into it urgently,” the network’s director of enforcement Steve Burton said. 

“Any form of hate crime is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“Everyone has the right to travel without fear of abuse or intimidation and if anyone witnesses or is victim to hate crime they should report it immediately.” 

He added: “We work closely with our police partners to eradicate hate crimes and fully investigate all reported incidents.” 

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This is the best response to someone who asks you where you’re ‘really’ from

How many times do people get asked the uncomfortable question: “No, but where are you really from?” because of their ethnicity? 

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump just retweeted anti-Muslim videos from a British extreme far-right group

It still happens quite a lot, despite it being a form of “microaggression,” according to some social scientists. 

A similar incident just occurred to London Mayor Sadiq Khan during his historic walk across the border between India and Pakistan. 

BBC reporter Karl Mercer awkwardly asked him whether the symbolic visit felt “like coming home.” 

The mayor replied: “Nah, home is south London mate.” Read more…

More about India, Pakistan, Sadiq Khan, Mayor Of London, and Culture

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This Week In Climate Change – What You Need To Know

You’re busy, we get it. Here’s everything essential that you may have missed from the last week’s environmental news.

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1. Co-Op and Iceland back bottle deposit schemes 

The two supermarkets were the first in the UK to come out in favour of a mandatory bottle deposit return scheme [DRS], after responding to a survey carried out by Greenpeace.

This comes in the wake of the government seeking industry views on implementing such an idea. 

“This cannot carry on… deposit return schemes work. In Norway theirs has led to 96% of all bottles being returned, with similar results in other countries that have adopted a DRS. Britain urgently needs to do the same,” Richard Walker, director of sustainability for Iceland, told the Guardian. 

Read more here.

2. Research has found that oceans failing to absorb heat will lead to drastic global temperature increases

Research carried out by the experts behind documentary ‘Chasing Coral’ have warned that if our oceans become unable to absorb heat from polluting greenhouse gases, the average temperature on land could rise as high as 50°C.

Read more here.

3. The Mayor of London has a plan to cut down plastic bottle waste

Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to roll out new water fountains and bottle-refill stations across London. The move should help to cut down on the volume of plastic bottles bought in the capital every day. 

Read more here.

4. The UN is in talks about a ‘zero tolerance’ treaty to halt plastic pollution 

Due to the threat posed by the plastic pollution of the oceans, experts are encouraging a global treaty that bans plastics flooding into the sea from the land. This is due to be discussed at a UN environmental summit.

Read more here.

5. Thirty-one per cent of Republican voters believe that humans are to blame for climate change

According to a new eight year study looking into the opinions of people who identify with the USA’s two major political parties, a relatively low amount of Republican voters believe that human activity is responsible for the rise in global temperatures.

Eighty-two per cent of Democrats, on the other hand, reckon that human activity is primarily to blame.  

Read more here.

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Female Journalists Unite To Shine Light On Sexual Harassment In The Media

Leading female journalists have created a group to tackle sexual harassment in the media industry. 

The Second Source, an alternative professional network, launched on Thursday night with the aim of raising awareness of harassment and helping companies to stamp it out.

It has the support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Green  MP Caroline Lucas and the Lib Dems’ Jo Swinson. 

It comes in the wake of allegations Times columnist Kate Maltby and radio presenter Julia Hartley Brewer faced sexual harassment from male MPs.

Evening Standard columnist Rosamund Urwin, who is among the 20 journalists behind Second Source, said she was inspired to take action after hearing how freelance reporter Emily Reynolds was targeted.

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She said: “It was after reading a piece by my fellow journalist Emily Reynolds about sexual harassment she had suffered that I realised that unless we act, nothing will change.

“It will happen to the 23-year-olds of tomorrow, as it once happened to me and happened to Emily.”

Reynolds said: “When I published the post about my experiences of harassment, I was frightened it would leave me isolated and it risk.

“It was quite the opposite. I was inundated with messages of support and solidarity from other journalists, many of whom had had similar experiences to me as a young woman in insecure work.”

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Deputy Lib Dem leader Swinson said: “I’m delighted to support the women journalists creating The Second Source to campaign for changes in the media industry. 

“For all the justified media outrage about sexual harassment in other workplaces, the media must recognize it needs to act on its own harassment problem too.”

Lucas added: “No one should have to suffer harassment at work—it’s great to see women working together to change behaviour and attitudes in this male-dominated industry.”

Khan, meanwhile, said: “The harassment some women journalists have faced is appalling—and it is the responsibility of all of us to challenge it and call it out. This needs to be a turning point.”

“I strongly support the women journalists who have come together to create The Second Source. We must do everything we can to ensure women are able to speak out and have their concerns properly investigated.”

Louise Ridley, News Editor, Longform and Special Projects, at Buzzfeed UK is also backing the campaign.

She said: “Half of British women have been sexually harassed at work, according to a BBC Survey last month. 

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“This can’t go on. We’re excited to come together to do something to support journalists who have experienced harassment, and anyone in media who is concerned about it. We hope we’ll be joined by lots of others to use our talents to make a positive change.” 

Megha Mohan, senior broadcast journalist, added, “As journalists we’re meant to hold people to account, yet there’s often an uncomfortable culture of silence when it comes to bullying and harassment in our profession.”

Urwin added: “This isn’t—as some have bizarrely framed it—a ‘witch hunt.’ What we want is cultural change in our industry—and we hope this call will spread beyond the media to other workplaces too.”

Reynolds agreed: “Sexual harassment and assault must be rooted out of every industry. We’re starting with ours.”

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