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Ken Livingstone gives thumbs down to estuary airport

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 19 March 2012

Plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary would be "devastating", according to Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate for London mayor.

The former holder of the position, who is standing again on 3 May, has weighed into the estuary airport debate, with a resounding rejection of a proposal put forward by his Conservative rival Boris Johnson.

Exclusive research for the BBC has revealed that parts of east Kent have lost more businesses over the last two years than almost anywhere else in the country. Shepway came third from bottom for business growth, with only Hounslow and Knowsley in Liverpool faring worse.

But it is not all bad news. The wider South East is still seen as the engine for growth for the rest of the country.

Hamstreet, Challock, Harrietsham, Borough Green and Upstreet. All villages in Kent, which will see the Olympic Torch pass through this July. The exact route the torch will take through the county during its three days here has been revealed this morning - you can check it out at our website bbc.co.uk/2012.

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