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

London bids for Paralympic Athletics World Championships

London has entered the race to host the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships, which will be held just a month before the city hosts the World Athletics Championships.

'There will be much greater police accountability,' says the Policing minister, Damian Green

A thin blue line at the voting booths

The minister is upbeat, but low turnouts could derail the first police commissioner elections

Under the plan, payments would be funded from BAA’s profits

Heathrow chiefs to make the case for keeping major UK airport hub

Failure to keep a major hub airport could cost the UK up to one million front-of-the-aircraft passengers a year, Heathrow bosses are expected to say tomorrow.

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For years, Tube travellers have been told that lines are closed 'because of the TfL Investment Programme'. Londoners would like to thank the Games for its sudden disappearance – which has, incidentally, given so many visitors an entirely misleading impression of travel in the capital.

Tube and bus fares to rise by an inflation-busting 4.2%

Tube travellers and London bus passengers will face above-inflation fare rises in the new year.

Politicians and employers back Living Wage campaign

The campaign for a Living Wage higher than the statutory minimum rate stepped up a gear today when leading politicians and employers backed the drive for better pay.

Cameron now mulling over a U-turn on Heathrow and the possibility of a third runway

All airport expansion options are on the table, says Government's aviation policy advisor Sir Howard Davies

All options for airport expansion are “back on the table”, the man charged by the Government with recommending future aviation policy said today.

Tory MP quits to open door for Boris Johnson's Commons return

A veteran Tory MP last night announced he would be stepping down at the next general election. Richard Ottaway, the MP for Croydon South, told his constituency party: “I feel now is the right time to call it a day.”

Uhuru Kenyatta is charged with crimes against humanity

Former Tory PR advises Kenyan facing Hague trial

Osborne's ex-spin doctor hired by Presidential candidate accused of ethnic violence

Wave goodbye to the showboaters and mavericks. The age of serious politics has finally begun

During conference season our leaders presented arguments, defended positions and engaged in debate. Are we finally ready to have a real conversation?

New Culture Secretary Maria Miller faces wrath of Conservative right flank with resounding endorsement of gay marriage agenda

The new Culture Secretary today risked incurring the wrath of the Conservative Party’s right flank with a resounding endorsement of the Government’s gay marriage agenda.

Tory's satisfaction ratings (from left): Boris Johnson: +91%, David Cameron: +1%, George Osborne: -7%, Andrew Mitchell: -74%

Dissatisfied Tories want Cameron to stand down if he fails to win overall majority at next election

Conservative Party members are dissatisfied with David Cameron and want him to stand down if he fails to win an overall majority at the next election, according to a survey for The Independent.

Seven-year-olds 'should learn Chinese'

Children shalt not just learn ancient Greek or Latin as a language at primary school, the British Council has warned, arguing this "might sit oddly with the Government's wish to enhance language skills for the workplace".

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Win a bottle of wine

London table tennis club Bounce is among the more stylish venues for playing the game, which is enjoyed by fans including Elle Macpherson

Ping-pong comes home - in style

The game invented in Britain is gaining new fans and going upmarket

Chris Grayling: ‘Not an option to sit on benefits and do nothing’

Young people leaving education without a job must do three months' full-time unpaid work experience or face cut in benefits

Young people leaving education with no job to go to will be made to do three months' full-time unpaid work experience with charities and social enterprises or have their benefits cut, the Government has announced.

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