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London Pride parade The theme of the parade was Love and Marriage

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Thousands of people have joined the Pride parade through central London.

The parade began in Baker Street, passing through Oxford Street, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square before ending at Whitehall.

Organisers said this could be the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in London over the last decade.

The theme this year is Love and Marriage to coincide with MPs considering the Equal Marriage Bill.

About 150 groups were involved in this year's parade.

Michael Salter, chairman of Pride in London, said: "This year the theme is... to celebrate civil partnerships, parents' love for their children, love of friends and family but it also recognises the Equal Marriage bill going through Parliament."

Prime Minister David Cameron has written in the Pride guide about the Equal Marriage Bill.

London Pride parade About 150 groups took part in the parade
London Pride parade Thousands of people have walked through central London as part of the parade
London Pride parade MPs are currently considering the Equal Marriage Bill

He said: "There will be girls and boys in school today who are worried about being bullied and concerned about what society thinks of them because they are gay or lesbian.

"By making this change they will be able to see that Parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else's love and that we believe in equality."

Mayor Boris Johnson said: "We should be very proud of London's reputation as a place where LGBT people can be open about who they are.

"Our city has been at the forefront of the drive towards equality, but let's not rest on our laurels - of course more needs to be done to tackle prejudice and discrimination.

"This means standing up against homophobic bullying in the workplace, schools and elsewhere."

Participants were ending the day with parties in Trafalgar Square, Soho and at a music festival in Shoreditch Park.

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    16:00: News on the hour Will Shindler BBC London 94.9

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    15:55: 'Security services played role' BBC News Channel

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    15:46: Failing over rape allegation

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    15:37: Emwazi 'nice young man' BBC News Channel

    Campaign group CAGE is holding a press conference about Mohammed Emwazi.

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    Asim Qureshi
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    15:14: Savile's abuser brother

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    15:00: News on the hour Will Shindler BBC London 94.9

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    14:41: Spacey to get Olivier award

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    13:44: Johnny Savile victim met him at badminton

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    • A report into Jimmy Savile's abuse of patients, visitors and staff at Stoke Mandeville hospital has found there were 60 victims over a period spanning two decades - but only one formal complaint was ever made.
    12:51: Johnny Savile the DJ

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    • He would expose himself to them
    • A victim said he "used his brother's fame" and thought he could go where he liked in the hospital
    • It's believed he was dismissed in 1980 after a patient he molested complained
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    • The BBC learned the man known as Jihadi John, who's thought to have beheaded several western hostages on behalf of Islamic State, has been identified.
    • The chair of the trust that runs Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire has apologised after a report found Jimmy Savile abused more than 60 women and girls there.
    11:50: Key points on Johnny Savile

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    • Jimmy Savile's older brother Johnny died in 1998
    • He worked as a recreation officer at Springfield Hospital in the late 1970s
    • Since 2013 there have been seven allegations of sexual assault between 1978 and 1980
    • Five were made by patients, one a visitor and one a member of staff
    • He had association with Richmond Royal Hospital in the 1980s where his wife worked
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    11:28: Johnny Savile abuse

    Following the report into abuse by Johnny Savile, Jimmy's brother, at Springfield Hospital, David Bradley, chief executive of South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust said: "The investigation's findings of the suffering the victims experienced, and the lack of support they received, is very disturbing to read about today given our much greater awareness of the sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable people.

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    11:21: 'Sad day for NHS'

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    Still from video showing "Jihadi John", who the British authorities have identified as  Mohammed Emwazi from London

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    11:01: News on the hour

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    • A report published this morning has described Jimmy Savile as an "opportunistic predator"
    10:55: 'Jihadi John' BREAKING NEWS

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    • The Independent reports skyscrapers threaten Shoreditch, home of the London hipster
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    Montage from press conference
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    • The scale of Jimmy Savile's abuse over a period of 50 years has been revealed in 15 official reports published in the last half hour.
    • The last set of immigration figures before the General Election show net migration rose to almost 300,000 in the 12 months to September.
    • A London professor says energy drinks should be banned for children under 16.
    09:45: On his head

    The Sun reports former England footballer Sol Campbell is being urged to stand for London Mayor by the Conservative Party and he is "definitely" interested.

    09:38: 7/7 survivor awarded

    A Muslim survivor of the 7/7 London bombings is to collect her OBE later.

    Sajda Mughal was a 22-year-old City high flier who was on her way to work when she got caught up in the July 2005 bombings.

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    Scenes after the 7 July bombing at King's Cross in 2005

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    Arsene Wenger on the bench

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    09:09: Tory AGM after Rifkind steps down

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    Sir Malcolm Rifkind

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    08:57: Crystal Palace set back Tim Donovan Political Editor, BBC London

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    Aerial view

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    08:48: Coming up Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

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    08:38: Most watched

    Last night at the O2 arena was the biggest night of the year for Britain's music industry but it will only be remembered for one thing - the night Madonna fell over in the middle of her performance.


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    08:35: Mother and baby go missing

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    Chantelle and Kaiden Perry

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    08:29: Chelsea 'racist chanters' come forward

    Seven men identified as part of an investigation into alleged racist chanting following a Chelsea game in Paris have now come forward, British Transport Police have said.

    The alleged chanting in London happened the day after the club's 1-1 draw with Paris St-Germain.

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    And traffic is on diversion around the A4 Bath Road into Harlington High Street where traffic lights have failed.

    08:11: North Circular lane closure BBC London Travel

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    There are also westbound delays on the A13 heading into Barking from Rainham caused in part by an earlier breakdown near the Pooles Lane interchange in Dagenham.

    08:05: Sunny intervals

    After a cloudy and mild morning with outbreaks of rain, drier and cooler weather with sunny intervals will start to spread from the west this afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

    08:00: Good morning Josephine McDermott BBC News Online

    Good morning, I'll be bringing you live news, travel, sport and weather updates today.

    Email me your news or tweet @BBCLondonNews.



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