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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 June 2016

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Tate Modern's new Pyramid structure
Tate Modern's new Pyramid structure which opens to the public on Friday

Tonight's weather: Showers easing

BBC Weather

Showers will become much lighter and less frequent into the evening, and will cease altogether by dawn, by which time some clearer spells will have developed. 

Lows of 12C (54F).

Tooting by-election: What the candidates have to say

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Sadiq Khan triggered a by-election in Tooting when he resigned his Labour seat to become the mayor of London.

Here's a succinct run down from the candidates of why they believe you should vote for them.

Tooting by-election candidates pitch for your vote in three words

Defender Essam makes Eastleigh switch from the O's

BBC Sport

Connor Essam
Rex Features

National League Eastleigh have made central defender Connor Essam their sixth signing ahead of next season.

Essam, 23, joins from Leyton Orient on a one-year deal, having previously been on loan at Dover last season.

"We're delighted to add Connor to the team," chairman Stewart Donald said of the former Gillingham trainee.

"He's an experienced, young defender who comes to us with great pedigree. We've once again added quality to the strength and depth of our squad."

Body shaming: Are other advertisers prepared to follow the mayor's lead?

Hannah Gelbart

BBC London

Sadiq Khan has banned adverts like this from Transport for London's network on the basis it could be harmful to young people's mental health.

Will his policy catch on with other advertisers?

Body shaming: Will advertisers follow mayor's lead?

Staff shortages affecting Southern services

BBC Travel

There is a reduced service on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, Brighton and Ashford International, Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction and between Southampton Central and Brighton because of a shortage of drivers and conductors.

London Underground is accepting valid tickets for travel.

For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page.

BreakingNew strike called on Southern Railway

Workers on Southern Railway are to stage a fresh strike on 21 June in the row over staffing, the company announced.

Traffic lights have failed at Vauxhall Cross

BBC Travel

Vauxhall Cross traffic lights are out. This is causing long tailbacks on all approaches including Victoria from beyond Chelsea Bridge and south of the river.

Follow @BBCTravelAlert for latest updates.

Watch: 'Tate Modern can now show so much more of its collections'

Robert Elms is now on the fourth floor of the new extension in one of the galleries designed to house permanent collections.

Robert Elms inside new Tate extension

Watch: Tate Modern's new public viewing platform

On the 10th floor of the new Tate Modern extension is a public viewing gallery.

BBC Radio London's Robert Elms thinks the art on display will have a big job competing with the stunning views of London's skyline.

Robert at the new Tate Modern

Tate Modern extension: 'Beautifully brutal'

The Tate Modern is reopening to the public on Friday with a newwing, the Switch House, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron.

This increases the size of the gallery by 60%.

BBC Radio London's Robert Elms is there now having a sneak preview of what visitors will see.

The new Tate Modern extension

Parliamentary Select Committee "unconvinced" by Ken Livingstone testimony

The Home Affairs Select Committee has addressed former London mayor Ken Livingstone after hearing his "unconvincing" evidence today. 

Committee chair Keith Vaz said: "I think the committee feels you are unconvincing on the issue of anti-Semitism and it may be worth your while issuing a more formal statement, because although we accept what you have said to us today, that you wish to apologise to all those who were upset, you seem not to accept the reasons why they are upset. So, we aren't convinced on that."  

Mr Livingstone denies he is anti-Semitic.

The committee has been seeking responses from him about historical remarks he has made throughout his career that have been construed as anti-Semitic. It comes after he was suspended by the Labour party for a comment he made about Hitler in April to BBC Radio London.

Keith Vaz
Parliament Live TV

Ken Livingstone - I have been rude very often in my career

Ken Livingstone agrees, under questioning by MPs, that telling black people to "go back to where you came from", would be racist.

But he says telling the Reuben brothers (David and Simon) in 2006 to go back to (where they came from) was not racist because he was not aware they were Jewish and he felt they were stalling development for London 2012 construction

Committee member Nusrat Ghani, Conservative MP for Wealden, tells Mr Livingstone he often makes reference to Hitler and Nazi Germany when he is cross or offended himself. 

She says: "You either have an unhealthy obsession with Hitler and Nazi Germany, or you are trivialising the Holocaust."

Mr Livingstone replies: "I have just been rude very often in my career."

Nusrat Ghani MP
Parliament Live TV

The woman who died for your right to vote

The British Library

Emmeline Pankhurst died on this day in 1928 on her way to hand in a petition at Buckingham Palace.

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Red on red conflict erupts over Ken Livingstone 'anti-Semitism' row

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Ken Livingstone, Chuka Umunna and Keith Vaz are trading blows over anti-Semitism at the parliamentary select committee hearing.

Seething with anger, Chuka Umunna accuses Ken Livingstone of betraying Labour values, saying he's become a "pin-up" for prejudice.

Chuka Umunna
Parliament Live TV

Anti-Semitic claim was 'smear campaign', Ken Livingstone tells MPs

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Ken Livingstone said anti-semitism and racism are the same thing and denied he was either.

He told the Westminster Select Committee that if he "could go back in time" he would not have referred to Hitler and Zionism on BBC Radio London because reaction to his comments became hysterical.

He said he has often been accused of anti-Semitism in his career because he has been a critic of the "appalling abuse" of Palestinians by Israelis.

He said he couldn't walk down the street without people stopping him to offer words of support and say his remarks about Hitler were true. He said he thought the issue had been used by a handful of Labour MPs to smear him and undermine the Labour leadership.

Follow @DannyShawBBC for more updates.

Ken Livingstone's written statement to the Select Committee in full

Ken Livingstone has been called to present oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry on the rise of anti-Semitism.

The committee is inquiring into anti-Semitism, looking at whether prejudice against the Jewish community has increased and the particular dangers facing Jewish people arising from terrorism.

This is the written statement he has submitted to the committee. 

He concludes by saying: "In my view the government needs to pay greater attention to the growing problem of hate crime and combating it, alongside maintaining a paramount focus on protecting people’s lives from terrorism." 

Ken Livingstone before the Select Committee
Parliament Live TV

West Ham sign Valencia winger Feghouli

BBC Sport

Sofiane Feghouli
Getty Images

West Ham United sign winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

"Quietway" opens for cyclists and pedestrians

Transport for London has opened its first "quietway" route for cyclists and pedestrians to help them avoid busy roads.

Purple signposts line the route and most of the 5.6 mile route between Greenwich and Waterloo uses existing pathways and back streets, but there's also a new section behind Millwall FC's ground The Den on land owned by Network Rail.

Six more quietways are due to be completed by next spring.

Quietways map

Ken Livingstone appears before Home Affairs Select Committee

The committee is hearing evidence in the Wilson Room from Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

MPs are testing claims the former London mayor Ken Livingstone's comments in April were anti-Semetic.

Mr Livingstone is due to give evidence at about 15:45.

Watch live (if the link doesn't play, try opening it in Internet Explorer). 

Ken Livingstone appears before the Select Committee
Parliament Live TV

BBC Home Affairs correspondent Danny Shaw is also live tweeting about the hearing.

Watch: Why some people get two votes this month

The Daily Politics

Voters in Tooting will pick a new MP on Thursday after Sadiq Khan resigned from the role to become London Mayor..

Daily Politics reporter Adam Fleming reports from the south London constituency, whose most famous son may have been a certain, fictional, left-leaning citizen from the 1970s.

Livingstone 'condemns anti-Semitism' ahead of parliamentary inquiry

Ken Livingstone has issued a statement condemning anti-Semitism, as he prepared to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry looking into the extent of the problem. 

The former London mayor was suspended from the Labour Party in April following a row over his claim that Adolf Hitler had initially supported the aims of Zionism. 

The comment led to allegations of anti-Semitism, including a public confrontation with furious Labour MP John Mann who branded Mr Livingstone a "Nazi apologist". 

But in a written statement to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee ahead of his appearance later in the day, Mr Livingstone said: "I detest racism and condemn anti-Semitism. Indeed my political career has totally opposed any such views concerning any religious or ethnic group." 

Afternoon weather: Sunny but some heavy showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon, there will be sunny intervals and more showers, with some becoming heavy, perhaps more so over the Chilterns and other high ground. 

Maximum temperature 19C (66F).

Ken Livingstone to appear before parliamentary select committee

The former London mayor is expected to demand to be let back into the Labour Party this afternoon, when he faces a Commons Select Committee to answer questions about allegations of anti-Semitism.

Ken Livingstone

He was suspended from the Labour Party in April after saying Hitler had supported Zionism in the 1930s.

He made the comments on BBC Radio London while defending Labour MP Naz Shah over accusations she was anti-Semitic.

Have you seen this convicted child sex offender?

Michael Crabb, 53, is a convicted child sex offender and is wanted on recall to prison.

He was released on licence on 17 March but has breached the conditions of his release by failing to notify authorities of his change of address. He was last seen in Uxbridge on 17 March and has links to Uxbridge, Iver, Slough and Warwickshire.

Michael Crabb
Met Police

Crabb also has links to the British canal system and has in the past sought refuge on barges. If seen he should not to be approached, instead call 999.

Watch: Inside Peckham Rye's lost waiting room

It was once considered to be one of the grandest station waiting rooms in south London, but for decades the space at Peckham Rye railway station was bricked up and forgotten about.

Now Network Rail and a group of enthusiasts are on the brink of opening its doors after 55 years.

The Grade II listed Victorian building was designed by architect Charles Henry Driver and opened in 1865.

Here you can see a preview of the waiting room and what is in store for future passengers.

Watch: David Beckham's son plays tennis with Andy Murray at Queen's

BBC Sport

David Beckham says watching his son Romeo play tennis with world number two Andy Murray at Queen's Club was "surreal".

Romeo, 13, has recently joined the London club, which is hosting the Aegon Championships, and was planning to watch some players warm up.

Duke and Duchess write condolence message for Orlando shooting victims

Condolence message

Here is a note left by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a book of condolence for Orlando shooting victims at the US Embassy in London this morning.  

Yellow weather warning for rain over London and South East

News Shopper

Severe weather warnings have been issued across south-east London and Kent as the country prepares to be battered by heavy rain.

Mum charged over decade-old baby death

A woman has been remanded in custody charged with covering up the death of her baby son for more than a decade.

Victoria Gayle, 31, was charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body after police discovered the remains of a baby aged approximately one year old at her home in Fryent Crescent in Hendon last month.

Fryent Crescent

Ms Gayle, previously of West Hendon, north London, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court yesterday afternoon.

She spoke only to confirm her name, address, and date of birth.

London's latest headlines: Vigils held for Orlando, Ealing Hospital to close A&E, warning over child sex offender

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

Here's a selection of the stories we're looking at in the London newsroom this morning:

Flooding near AFC Wimbledon stadium new site causes havoc in Plough Lane

Wimbledon Guardian

AFC Wimbledon may be floating on air after winning the League Two play-off final, but the site of their future home found itself in deep water after flash floods last week.  

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New gnat species with distinctive genitals discovered in Bushy Park

Richmond and Twickenham Times

A new species of gnat has been discovered in Teddington's Bushy Park thanks to the shape of its genitals.  

Tate Modern shows off new Pyramid Tower

Tate Modern's new extension, a pyramid-like tower that transforms London's skyline, has been been unveiled ahead of its official opening.

The tower, billed as Britain's most important new cultural building in two decades, is part of a £260m revamp at the famous modern art museum.

Tate Modern

The 10-storey building includes three new gallery levels and a panoramic roof terrace.

It will allow 60% more artworks from the Tate collection to go on show.

Pupil struck by car in Highgate Road

A pupil has been hit by a car close to the junction of Highgate Road and Chetwynd Road.

Highgate Road

It happened at about 08:10.

The pupil was treated for a minor head injury and was taken to hospital, London Ambulance Service said.

Legendary LGBT club 'needs your memories to help save it'

The Londonist


As Soho comes together to pay tribute to the Orlando shooting victims, the future of a famous London LGBT venue The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is in your hands - to save it from developers.

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'London, I'm deeply moved by your outpouring of love' - US ambassador

The US ambassador to the UK has tweeted a photo of a lit votive candle placed in St Paul's Cathedral in memory of those murdered in Orlando.

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He also tweeted a photo of the vigil in Soho and said: "London,I'm deeply moved by your outpouring of love in America's time of sorrow. We need it + are profoundly grateful"

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London stands "shoulder to shoulder" in solidarity with Orlando shooting victims

People also paid their respects to the Orlando shooting victims at St Anne's Church in Soho.

People light candles in memory of the Orlando shooting victims
Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson MP attend a vigil in Old Compton Street
Getty Images

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson MP were among thousands who attended the vigil in Old Compton Street, Soho last night.