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The acclaimed artist said he told London Mayor Boris Johnson to solve the city's housing crisis

The Sketch: Will Nicholas Soames be remembered as the new Horatius?

Rising to his feet, Nicholas Soames, the larger than life – in every sense – Tory MP for Mid-Sussex spread a frisson of anticipation among MPs assembled for day three of the Queen’s Speech debate.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson among Conservatives calling for 'Thatcherite zeal' against trade unions

One Tory wants to curb 'abusive militant minority,' while union bosses condemn 'the rhetoric of the dictator'

There will be no chances taken with security this weekend

Police and security stepped up for London Marathon following Boston bombings, confirm Home Secretary and organisers

Increased screening at the registration points for the 37,500 runners have been introduced

Boris Johnson's encounter with the zip wire ahead of London 2012

Should've kept it zipped? Boris Johnson admits bumbling self-deprecation is a 'cunning device'

Boris Johnson has gone on record to say that his bumbling self-deprecatory persona is a “cunning device” he uses to get people to trust him.

Morgan Sindall's £64m GLA deal

The construction group Morgan Sindall has signed contracts with the Greater London Authority for a £63.3m affordable housing scheme at Lymington Fields in the Chadwell Heath area of Dagenham.

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Win a bottle of wine

Look past the barnet and Boris Johnson's ambition is more than just blonde

We have learned a lot about the Mayor of London in this past week

Boris Johnson (right) has lauded Eddie Mair (left) for the tough TV grilling he gave him on Sunday
Boris Johnson seen immediately after his interview with Eddie Mair

'You are a nasty piece of work, aren't you?': Boris Johnson's father Stanley attacks Eddie Mair over interview on Andrew Marr Show

London Mayor left floundering by a series of damaging questions from BBC presenter

Boris Johnson shows his dismay at getting booted out of the meeting

Transcript: Eddie Mair grills Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr Show

Boris Johnson looked profoundly uncomfortable on this morning's Andrew Marr Show as stand-in host Eddie Mair grilled the Mayor of London on matters of personal integrity. Here's a transcript of one particularly bruising encounter:

The adverts mimicked a recent campaign by the gay-rights group Stonewall which used the strapline “Some people are gay, get over it!”.

Boris Johnson wins ruling over ban
on Christian group's controversial
'gay cure' ads

A Christian group promoting “gay cure” therapies has lost its bid to sue Transport for London (TfL) after Boris Johnson refused to allow their adverts on London buses.

Clash of the Etonians? Prime Minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson at the Olympics 2012

'Toffishness and twittishness' - Boris Johnson spills beans on Bullingdon Club and reveals childhood ambition to be 'world king'

In a BBC profile 'Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise' London's mayor also reveals his ambition to be British Prime Minister

How the Victoria Embanment could look in London with a segregated two-way cycling route

Crossrail for bikes: Boris unveils fully-segregated cycle lanes in billion-pound plan to revolutionise cycling in London

Scheme includes improvements at worst junctions and outer suburbs targeted for high spending trials

Love at 800 feet: Man proposes to girlfriend on Shard's observation deck on opening day

A man who proposed to his girlfriend at the Shard has said he had no idea that Boris Johnson and a media pack would be on the observation deck at the same time.

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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