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London First is a body set up about 20 years ago by the London business community to promote the city as a place to do business and to lobby for the improvements – particularly to infrastructure – which everyone knows we urgently need but which government seems incapable of planning for.

Hosepipe ban looms for south-east England

The prospect of hosepipe bans in the coming weeks was looming for parts of England today as drought was officially declared in the South East.

Burst pipes causing road problems

Burst water pipes are causing problems on the country's roads as the big freeze persists.

China invests in Thames Water

China's state-run investment fund dipped its toe into the UK today by snapping up a slice of the country's biggest water and sewerage firm.

Compensation call over travel chaos

Thames Water was today urged to pay compensation to thousands of rail passengers hit by travel chaos because of a burst water main after the company said it was not liable.

John Howard Davies: Child star of David Lean's 'Oliver Twist' who became head of comedy at the BBC

John Howard Davies would still have had a minor place in entertainment history through his affecting performance as the protagonist of David Lean's film of Oliver Twist (1948). But his reputation rests on having produced and directed some of the most acclaimed examples of BBC television comedy. Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Steptoe and Son and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin all prospered under the air of quiet calm that he exuded, in an often frenetic industry. His frequently stated guideline was, simply, "It's got to be funny."

Deborah Ross: I go away for two weeks and Britain's broken

If you ask me...

Body found after tugboat sinking

A man's body has been found following the sinking of a tugboat in the River Thames.

Investigation after tug capsizes in Thames

A crew member who fell in the River Thames in London after his tug capsized and sank was presumed drowned today as marine accident experts launched an investigation into the accident.

Search ends for missing crew member

A search for a crew member missing after a tug capsized and sank on the River Thames in London was called off tonight as marine accident experts began an investigation into the accident.

Thames Water to be solar power giant

A water company is aiming to become Britain's biggest producer and industrial user of solar power.

Navy prepares to detonate mine

The Royal Navy was today preparing to detonate a 2,000lb Second World War mine picked up at sea by a dredger.

Disabled man drowns after trying to save daughter

A disabled man who jumped into the river Thames to rescue his teenage daughter drowned after she climbed to safety.

Attenborough skull mystery finally solved

It was one of the most gruesome murder puzzles in British history that stumped detectives for over 130 years.

Jury out in Milly Dowler murder trial

The Old Bailey jury trying Levi Bellfield for the abduction and murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler has retired to consider its verdicts.

Milly prosecution case 'fantasy'

The prosecution case that double killer Levi Bellfield abducted and killed schoolgirl Milly Dowler is "pure fantasy", the Old Bailey was told today.

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