Last month Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead for every neighbourhood and response officer in the Met to be equipped with body-worn video cameras. Dame Tessa says use of the cameras must not be left to the discretion of officers and has called for the publication of clear guidance mandating their use for all stop & search incidents.
For years I’ve been saying that Labour were wrong to assume victory in next year’s mayoral contest was assured. It’s not been a popular message but finally it seems that grown-up politicians in the party are coming to realise that they’ll have to work for a win.
Tasers, a tool once deployed in only the most serious of circumstances, are beginning to make a more frequent appearance in London’s law enforcement activity. With police in outer boroughs now more likely to resort to Taser use than their inner London counterparts, it’s clear that officers in more isolated areas are increasingly having to rely on Tasers.
2016 London Elections
It’s just a few weeks since Sadiq Khan vowed not to use the mayoralty “to offer commentary on foreign policy issues” but it seems the same promise doesn’t apply to his candidacy. Yesterday he emailed hundreds, possibly even thousands, of subscribers to his campaign newsletter with a tale of doom about Zac Goldsmith’s views on Europe.
This is good news for our city. We urgently need new runway capacity and an expanded Heathrow will allow us to build the 21st Century transport infrastructure fit for a modern city in a global and increasingly interconnected world.
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According to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, solar panels are installed on less than 0.5 per cent of homes in London. One way this figure can be improved is through community schemes like the one the London Assembly Environment Committee recently visited.
More and more young men and women are travelling to fight in Syria and Iraq, radicalised by extremist propaganda on the Internet. The threat of them returning and carrying out an attack in this country is very real.