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What did Kate Adie confess at the Chelsea Flower Show?

David Friend

BBC Radio London

Katie Adie talks to Jo Good

The BBC’s former chief news correspondent has confessed she was only able to cover the Chelsea Flower Show by sneaking into the BBC Library to find Brian Hanrahan’s script from the year before. 

Speaking to BBC Radio London’s Jo Good at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier she said: "I did come here when I was a reporter, once. 

"I followed the Royal party around and I couldn’t think of anything to say about it. 

"So, for the only time in my life; and I say this absolutely with hand on heart...I sneaked into the library at the BBC and got out my colleague Brian Hanrahan’s script for the year before. It’s the only time I’ve ever done that in my life and I come to Chelsea and have to confess it."

You can listen to Jo's show again here

Tonight's weather: Fine and dry

BBC Weather

Staying generally fine and dry overnight with clear spells initially. 

Gradually turning cloudier from the east later in the night. 

Minimum temperature 8C (46F).

Listen: Campaign to bring back Peckham Rye's lost lido

BBC Radio London

Peckham Lido plans
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How Peckham Rye lido might look

Ben Lloyd is a journalist who has been campaigning to re-open the lost lido of Peckham Rye.

He wrote to his local paper, the Peckham Peculiar, two years ago and since then locals have set up a crowdfunding campaign to re-open the forgotten swimming pool.

Southwark Council has agreed in principal to the land being used and campaigners are currently looking to raise enough money -£60,000 - to engage professionals to take the project forward.

It’s bringing together a whole range of Peckhamites, from the old and the new, across classes and cultures.

Listen to Ben talking to BBC Radio London's Robert Elms earlier:

Campaign to bring back Peckham Rye's lost lido

London students in Stonehenge experiment

The giant stones of Stonehenge are believed to have been dragged hundreds of miles across the countryside when it was built in prehistoric times.

But how was it done?

Students at University College London have been attempting to answer the question - with an experiment in the centre of London.

They attempted to transport a one tonne load using a wooden sledge - and lots of muscle.

PhD student Barney Harris explains.

Watch: On board the new Thameslink trains

Thameslink has unveiled the new trains which will be running through London.

Two hundred London families to be rehoused 60 miles away in Kent

A London borough council is to move more than 200 of its families in temporary accommodation into properties at Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent, this summer.

The 208 properties were formerly used by the Ministry of Defence to house armed forces personnel and their families, but became available to lease in late 2015.

Canterbury City Council says it submitted a "robust and comprehensive" bid in order to secure the houses for local people on its housing register, but was unsuccessful, losing out to the London Borough of Redbridge, "a council with financial resources far in excess of Canterbury, and located more than 60 miles away and on the other side of London."

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet's Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms.

A video of renowned conductor Marin Alsop provides the tempo and context for musicians recording their contribution to the Virtual Orchestra
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A "virtual orchestra" will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Everyone from beginners to lapsed musicians are being encouraged to apply by sending a video of their performance to the Get Playing website.

The best entries will be cut together and played at Proms in the Park events.

"It's a big event, because it's the first time the Last Night of the Proms will include anything by amateur musicians," said comedian David Baddiel, who is acting as an ambassador for the Virtual Orchestra.

Hitherto unknown as a pianist, Baddiel has already filmed his contribution. He will also appear with the BBC Concert Orchestra and introduce the finished film at Proms In The Park in Hyde Park on Saturday, 10 September.

Oyster Cards: Where else should you be able to use them?

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You can now ride along the river with minimum hassle, after the introduction of pay-as-you-go Oyster tickets on the Thames Clippers (although, like fares on the cable car, it doesn't count towards your daily cap). 

Where else might our lives be made easier by the contactless blue cards?  

Chelsea Flower Show: Geological garden takes top prize

A garden inspired by geological events that have shaped the earth has won the top prize at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The winning garden represents a "captured landscape" in which a gently-gardened space exists within a larger, wilder setting

The Telegraph Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon and sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, features bronze fins which represent an ancient mountain range.  

Expats lose Supreme Court fight for right to vote in EU Referendum

British expats have lost their battle in the Supreme Court for the right to vote in the EU referendum. 

The highest court in the land upheld decisions of both the High Court and Court of Appeal that they are not eligible to vote on 23 June because they have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years.

The test case ruling was a defeat for London-born war veteran Harry Shindler, 95, who has lived in Italy for 35 years, and solicitor Jacquelyn MacLennan, 54, from Inverness, who has lived in Belgium since 1987. 

They argued that the 15-year rule, contained in Section 2 of the EU Referendum Act 2015, was an unjustified restriction on their EU right to freedom of movement and an infringement of their common law right to vote. 

Fantasy Football Manager becomes reality

Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, and Jose Mourinho
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Adding Jose Mourinho to Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp promises fireworks - but which of the quartet is best placed to prevail?

Rebel Wilson to make West End debut

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Rebel Wilson

What were you doing at 06:34 this morning?

You were probably lugging yourself out of bed, yawning a lot, making a cup of coffee or, if you're anything like us, singing the new Little Mix song at the top of your lungs in the shower.

Not Rebel Wilson though. She was taking to Twitter to bring the world the news that she's joining the cast of Guys & Dolls in London's West End, playing Miss Adelaide.

She's only there for eight weeks though, so UK fans had better get their skates on if they want to catch her.

Watch: Why is the Blackwall Tunnel northbound still shut?

Transport for London's chief operating officer Garrett Emmerson explains to BBC London's Ayshea Buksh why the Blackwall Tunnel northbound won't be opening again this evening after a fuel spill this morning.

TfL chief explains why Blackwall Tunnel northbound is shut

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'Bionic woman' can compete in 10k run

A paralysed woman who was banned from competing in a 10k race in a "bionic" suit has been told she can now enter.

Organisers of the Vitality London 10k had said Claire Lomas could not take part because UK Athletics rules prohibited motors.

She walked the London Marathon in 17 days in the suit after she broke her back in a horse-riding accident.

Ms Lomas said she was "grateful" organisers will allow her to run as an "unofficial" entry.  

On Twitter, she said she would get a medal if she completed the course.

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Watch: Jodie Marsh protests at Parliament over puppy farming

The Daily Politics

Jodie Marsh and vet Marc Abraham took part in a protest outside the Palace of Westminster against puppy farming earlier.

She told Daily Politics reporter Giles Dilnot: "You’ll end up spending thousands on vets bills because the dog is so sick."

Celebrities, MPs and charities gathered outside the Houses of Parliament, calling for the government to ban the sale of puppies in pet shops and by dealers.

Jodie Marsh and vet Marc Abraham on the protest outside Parliament against puppy farming.

Mayor Khan should 'back calls to ban strikes'

London Assembly member Keith Prince, Conservative transport spokesperson, said: “Sadiq Khan promised ‘zero days’ of public transport strikes on his watch but just 19 days into his mayoralty he looks to have failed to keep that pledge.

“He criticised Boris for failing to placate the unions over the Night Tube, yet with barely one foot through the door of City Hall he has already ensured further disruption to London this summer with news of more strikes.

“Sadiq Khan must have been dreaming when he promised he would prevent industrial action by ‘rolling up his sleeves and talking to everyone’. 

"If he’s serious about ending strikes on London’s public transport he should back calls to ban them altogether. If not then Londoners will rightly assume that he’s unwilling to stand up to his union paymasters.”

'Modern slavery' garden design wins Chelsea Flower Show gold

A garden inspired by the fight against "modern slavery" and the abolitionism movement has scooped gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.  

Gold award winner Juliet Sargeant has previously called for more diversity in horticulture
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Night tube strike - London Underground says it has made a fair offer

Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer of London Underground, responding to maintenance workers voting to strike over Night Tube pay, said: "We have made the same fair and sustainable four-year pay offer for Tube Lines maintenance staff as has been made for staff employed by London Underground. 

 "Pension arrangements for Tube Lines maintenance staff have been the subject of separate ongoing discussions, and we agree that it's important that these talks resume as soon as possible so the dispute can be resolved."

 London Underground said the dispute on Tube Lines does not affect the Central or Victoria Lines, where night Tube services will begin.

Blackwall Tunnel northbound 'to stay shut for rest of the day'

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Blackwall Tunnel northbound will stay shut for the rest of the day for resurfacing work after a large fuel and hydraulic fluid spill.

There are severe delays through Woolwich, Charlton, Blackheath, Eltham and Greenwich.

Bus routes 108, 132, 161, 177, 180, 188, 286 and 422 are on diversion and delays of up to three hrs have been reported by buses serving the area.

Ellie mother denies 'skilful liar' claim

Ben Butler Ellie Butler
Rex Features
Ben Butler denies murdering his daughter Ellie, 6

The mother of a six-year-old girl who was allegedly murdered by her father denies a prosecution claim that she is a "skilful and prolific liar".

Jennie Gray, who denies child cruelty, was giving evidence about the day she found Ellie on the bedroom floor of their south-west London home in 2013.

Ms Gray, 36, told the Old Bailey she "knew she was gone".

Prosecutor Ben Fitzgerald said the accused put on a "quite remarkable performance" in interview with police.

Ms Gray's partner, Ben Butler, denies murdering Ellie at the family home in Sutton and also denies a charge of child cruelty.

Actress Angelina Jolie takes on professor role

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics as a visiting professor on a new masters course.

Angelina Jolie
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The LSE said the course will be run by its Centre for Women, Peace and Security, launched last year by Ms Jolie and Lord William Hague.  

Watch: The colours of Chelsea in 45 seconds

Tim Stokes

BBC News

On air: Mayor unveils his top team

BBC London News

Coming up at 13:30 on BBC One: The key people advising the new mayor, Sadiq Khan have been announced.

The new faces will take charge of transport, policing, fire and housing - all key issues during the election. 

Our Political Editor Tim Donovan will be live outside City Hall to talk more about the new line-up and what's in their in-tray.

Hospital charity to appeal planning decision for building owned by shell company registered offshore

Fitzrovia News

A hospital charity is appealing to a government inspector to overturn a planning decision but for a Fitzrovia building it no longer owns and which it sold to a shell company registered offshore.  

Man admits trying stab four people during Leytonstone Tube attack

Leytonstone Tube after attack in December

A man has admitted trying to stab four people in an unprovoked attack in frontof shocked commuters at a London Tube station. 

But Muhaydin Mire, 30,  of Sansom Road, Leytonstone, denied trying to murder another man in his 50s during the same attack at Leytonstone Tube station on 5 December. 

Appearing at London's Old Bailey via videolink from prison, Mr Mire denied one count of attempted murder but admitted four counts of attempted wounding.

Ellie Butler trial: Mother describes finding daughter's lifeless body

Marc Ashdown

Jennie Gray

A woman whose partner is accused of murdering their six-year-old daughter, has described the moment she found her lifeless body.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Jennie Gray said "I knew she was gone" when she found Ellie on her bedroom floor in 2013. 

"I looked in her eyes," she said. "Her pupils were big. She was so still. 

"I was so scared. My whole body froze. I felt myself shaking." 

Ben Butler, 36, who denies murdering Ellie, left court as a tearful Ms Gray continued.

"I tried to see if she was breathing. I got on the floor next to her. I tried to blow air in her mouth. I saw her tummy coming up. 

"I knew she was gone. I didn't want to believe it but I knew she was gone." 

Ms Gray admits perverting the course of justice in helping to cover up what had happened. 

She told the jury: "Your brain spirals. You go crazy in your mind. I was terrified they'd think Ben did it. I thought they're going to blame him again." 

In 2007 Mr Butler was jailed for 19 months for violently shaking Ellie as a baby.

He was later cleared and freed before the family were reunited in 2011. 

Blaming police officers, Ms Gray told the court: "These people have taken a tragedy and used it against us again. Their evidence is shady. 

"Ben has never laid a finger on our daughter. I grew up believing in the police and courts, but in 2007 my illusions were destroyed. This is why I am how I am. Because of what they did to us." 

Ben Butler denies murder and child cruelty. Jennie Gray denies child cruelty. The case continues. 

Tube strike announced after Mayor unveils night Tube start date

The all-night service was due to be launched last year but no agreement was reached with unions, leading to strikes.

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced yesterday the night Tube will start on two lines at weekends from 19 August. 

The first services will run on the Central and Victoria lines. Night services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will follow in two separate phases later in the autumn as new Tube drivers complete their training and final preparations are made.

Around 200 part-time drivers are currently taking part in a 14-week training programme for the new service. 

The engineers' strike ballot result is the first faced by the new mayor since he took over from Boris Johnson earlier this month. 

BreakingTube workers to go on strike

London Underground maintenance and engineering workers have voted to go on strike in a row linked to the new night Tube, the RMT union said.

Diesel spillage in Blackwall Tunnel continues to lead to 10-mile queues

Paul Murphy-Kasp

BBC Radio London, Travel

A diesel spillage in the Blackwall Tunnel continues to cause major disruption for motorists.

The northbound tunnel has been closed since before 07:00, leaving 10-mile queues on the A2 back to Dartford and reports of three-hour delays.

There is still no estimate as to when it'll re-open as despite efforts to clean it up, the road surface is still slippery. There is a possibility of it needing to be resurfaced.

There are long delays across SE London (Woolwich, Greenwich, Plumstead, Charlton, Catford, Eltham etc).

Women dominate mayor's top team and shake up of the housing market?

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Fiona Twycross
London Assembly
Fiona Twycross

Sadiq Khan’s ‘frontbench’ may be seen primarily in terms of municipal competence and gender. 

The posts of deputy for transport, policing and fire have gone to women. 

For Val Shawcross, it’s proved but a brief retirement - she stood down as an Assembly member at the May election. She helped Mr Khan during a City Hall session by successfully raising doubts about the Tory attack lines over his fares pledge. 

Fiona Twycross has been a member of the fire authority as it contemplates difficult choices and closures. 

Sophie Linden, known in Westminster circles, and deputy mayor of an inner London borough, has the policing portfolio. 

James Murray’s appointment to the crucial role of housing will lead people to look at his record in Islington, where he has been pushing hard for more affordable housing. 

Some property and business types are already briefing that an "over-prescriptive" approach could stifle supply by getting developers to sit on their hands. 

Others argue that Mr Murray, along with his boss, has a fair wind behind him: a strong moral, political and economic case for shaking up the approach to housing. 

It was the major single issue of the election campaign. Perhaps there may be radical steps ahead.

Mayor's top jobs go to women

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Municipal competence and gender may be seen as key features of London Mayor Sadiq Khan's decisions over who to appoint on his deputy team.

Three of the four deputy roles, Transport for London, police and fire, going to women.

Lord Adonis said no thanks to a deputy mayoral role under Khan but he does chair the Crossrail 2 board and chooses to stay with the National Infrastructure Commission with the Tories.

Mayor names top appointments for crime, transport and housing

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed his deputy mayors for policing, transport and housing. 

Transport: Val Shawcross CBE will be Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of Transport for London (subject to a confirmation hearing by the London Assembly).

Mr Khan has also announced his intention to propose the appointment of Lord Andrew Adonis as Chair of the Crossrail 2 Board.

Policing and fire: Sophie Linden as Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and Fiona Twycross as Chair, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA).

Housing: The Mayor is appointing James Murray as Deputy Mayor for Housing.

Mr Khan said: "I'm delighted to announce these key appointments to my top team that brings together people with extensive experience and knowledge to help me deliver my manifesto for all Londoners."

North London water problems: Less than 100 properties affected

Thames Water has now said that less than 100 customers have actually been affected by the water problems in north London.

A spokesman said the burst pipe is off the road on private grounds and that there has been no impact or flooding to properties.

A spokesman said: "We’re fixing a burst pipe in the Crouch Hill area. 

"We’re sorry to any customers in the area who suffered low pressure or no water this morning, and expect to get everything back to normal quickly.”

Burst water pipe found

Thames Water says it has now located where the burst pipe is and engineers are starting repair work.

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The London firm that gave every woman a pay rise

Pay gap cartoon

Surveys have shown that women round the world are paid less for equal work. 

The issue was recently in the news: American actress Robin Wright, star of the US series House of Cards, recently revealed how she had to fight, and even threaten to leave, to get the same pay rate as her co-star Kevin Spacey. 

But one marketing company in London says it has found a way to tackle the gender pay problem. 

They call it the "Pay Gap Tax". 

Video Journalist: Mai Noman

Animations: Ian Lacey