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

London bus strike causes travel chaos

London bus workers went ahead with a strike today in a dispute over an Olympic bonus, causing travel disruption, with warnings of further walkouts.

The Diary: Home Office press team flies Jamaica flag for Olympics

Some civil servants are going to be very busy during the Olympics fortnight. Not all, of course – otherwise the Government would not have needed to shell out for 2,300 tickets so civil servants could watch the events, including 410 for the women's beach volleyball, bottom. But at the Home Office and the Foreign Office there will not be a lot of time for enjoying the contests. The Foreign Office will have to look after no fewer than 120 heads of state or heads of government who will be in London, each of whom has to have an assigned official making sure his or her visit goes smoothly. The Home Office is also anticipating a heavy workload, and will be staffed from 6am to 11pm. To keep up morale, the department has organised a competition in which each section of the Home Office is assigned a middle ranking country, and there will be a prize of some sort for the section whose national athletes win the greatest number of gold medals. The press office has Jamaica. This explains why, if you visit the Home Office press office this week, you will see a Jamaican flag prominently displayed.

Boris Johnson said on 23 May: My meetings with News International have already been made public

Boris Johnson under fresh pressure over Rupert Murdoch meeting

Boris Johnson’s links to News International came under fresh scrutiny today after it emerged he had a dinner with Rupert Murdoch days before the Metropolitan Police launched a new inquiry into phone hacking.

London cable car to launch

The UK's first urban cable car system will open next week.

Boris Johnson: 'Youth illiteracy must be tackled to stem London's gang culture'

The "basic problems" of youth illiteracy must be tackled in order to help stem the capital's gang culture, the Mayor of London has said.

Luke Blackall: Hay-makers united by love of books and dislike of rain

Man About Town: You can throw your pint at the stage for AC/DC, but not for AC Grayling

Boris Johnson names senior BBC journalist as communications chief

A senior BBC political journalist has been appointed as London Mayor Boris Johnson's communications chief.

Toff times ahead: Laura Wade

Laura Wade: Queen of theatre's brat pack

As Posh makes its West End debut, Laura Wade tells Alison King why her play about public school boys behaving badly is more relevant than ever

Next BBC boss must be a Tory, says Boris Johnson

The next boss of the “statist, corporatist, defeatist” BBC must be a Tory, according to Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Bus drivers vote on Olympic strike

Thousands of bus workers are to vote on strikes in a row over payments during the Olympic Games.

Leading article: A Tory right turn is no solution

Not for the first time, the Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader could be asking whether he really needs enemies, given the vitriol he has to suffer from his supposed friends. The party's loss of hundreds of council seats in elections last week has been seized on by right-wingers to call for a sharp turn towards what they regard as full-blooded Conservatism.

Cities reject Cameron's dream of mayors for all

PM's plans for 'a Boris in every city' thwarted by resounding referendum defeat

Boris Johnson re-elected London Mayor on a grim day for Conservatives

Labour was today celebrating significant gains in council elections across Britain, but failed to win the mayoral race in London, where Boris Johnson's victory provided a consolation prize for Conservatives on a grim day for both coalition parties.

Pollsters predict the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, left, will beat his Labour rival, Ken Livingstone in today's mayoral election

David Cameron makes 11th hour for potential Tory voters not to assume London Mayoral battle is already won

David Cameron made an eleventh hour plea to potential Tory voters in London yesterday not to assume that the epic battle between two of the best known names in British politics is already over.

Simon Kelner: Games without frontiers, bordering on the absurd

If irony was an Olympic sport, there would almost be no point in anyone else turning up. Get ready to hear God Save The Queen and let your heart swell with national pride. I'm not sure the hundreds of visitors to Britain at Heathrow Border Control the other day would have appreciated the high humour of the situation, but there they were, snaking their way to passport and visa checks underneath a huge British Airways advertisement about the Olympics. "We're Ready," it proclaimed. You couldn't make it up. Ready? By the look of things in the immigration hall, you would think we were ready only to host the finals of the multi-national queuing tournament (another sport in which we might be among the favourites for gold).

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