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  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 June 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for London have now ended but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

  2. Polish centre inundated with messages of support

    A Polish centre in west London has been inundated with gifts and messages of support from the local community after racist graffiti was written on its doors

    UK ministers and Polish ambassador Witold Sobkow visited the Polish Social & Cultural Association in Hammersmith to promote the message that Europeans are welcome in the country following the EU referendum. 

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    Video caption: 'It's a message of solidarity'
  3. Tonight's weather: Heavy rain and strong winds

    BBC Weather

    Much of the evening will remain wet with heavy rain at times and strong winds, especially across the North Downs and other areas of high ground. Through the night, it will turn drier and clearer from the north with winds gradually easing. 

    Lows of 13C (55F).

  4. BBC London News: Brexit, babies in boxes and Ab Fab

    BBC London News

    Since last week's EU Referendum, race hate crime incidents have increased in the capital. The Polish community is reporting increasing levels of concern, a fear the Polish ambassador has confirmed.

    Also on the programme, we head to Queen's Hospital in Romford to gauge the reaction of staff there to Brexit as pictures have appeared on Twitter expressing support for foreign NHS staff. 

    Away from the EU, find out why babies are being given boxes and the ultimate fashionistas, Edina and Patsy from Ab Fab, are back on the big screen - we'll be at their new film's premiere.

    All at 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. Bilic would not take England job - Gold

    BBC Sport

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

    West Ham co-chairman David Gold says Slaven Bilic would not be "the slightest bit interested" in becoming the England manager.

  6. 'I knew he would kill his daughter', says Ben Butler's ex-girlfriend

    Ben Butler's former girlfriend says she knew before he regained custody of his daughter Ellie that he would go on to kill her.

    Butler was found guilty of murder and child cruelty earlier this month and has been jailed for a minimum of 23 years.

    Ben Butler

    Speaking today on the TV show Good Morning Britain, Hannah Hillman, who was physically assaulted by Butler in 2005, said she knew without a trace of a doubt that he was guilty of shaking Ellie as a baby.

    She said: "I turned on the TV and I actually saw him on the show and I thought, he's actually going to get this girl back, and I said, 'he's going to kill her'.

    "I knew that one day that man was going to kill somebody," she added. Miss Hillman was never called as a witness in the baby shaking case for which Butler was later exonerated. 

  7. Travel news: Delays on M25, A40 but Tube is running well

    BBC London Travel

    BBC Radio London Travel

    On the roads, there is congestion on the M25 clockwise at J14, Heathrow Airport.

    Due to a broken down bus on the A40 exit slip road to Argyle Road in Perivale, traffic is slow eastbound from the Target Roundabout.  

    There are no reported delays on the Tube.

  8. Police investigate possible beach sighting of woman whose remains found near mansion

    The remains of 36-year-old librarian Saima Ahmed from Wembley were found near Gogar Mount House, on the outskirts of Edinburgh on 9 January.

    Her family had previously reported her as a missing person. Following a recent Crimewatch appeal, Met Police now believe she may have been spotted on Portobello beach in Edinburgh on 31 August.

    Saima Ahmed

    A member of the public spoke with a woman on the city beach, who was walking alone and who closely matched Ms Ahmed's description, at about 10:30 on a Monday in August, possibly 31 August, although an exact date is unknown.  

    Her death is being treated as unexplained and anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  9. 'Go Now', Corbyn told in Brexit PMQs

    Calls intensify for the Islington North MP to stand down as the Labour Party leader following a no confidence vote by MPs.

    But TSSA Union leader Manuel Cortes says Labour MPs should be ashamed of their conduct and urges them to get behind Mr Corbyn.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Mr Corbyn says quitting his position would betray everyone who voted for him to become leader.

    At PMQs, the outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron said: "For heaven's sake man, go."

  10. Lord Blunkett appointed to lead Heathrow skills taskforce

    Former Labour minister Lord Blunkett has been chosen to head up a new skills taskforce for Heathrow Airport.

    The group will ensure there is a "clear plan" to provide the skills needed to build and operate the airport if the government agrees to a third runway at Heathrow. 

    Airport graphic

    One of the aims is to ensure young people in the local community have the necessary skills to build careers at an expanded Heathrow Airport.

    Lord Blunkett said: "Too often in the UK we make large-scale investments in projects that deliver short-term results which do not benefit and include the wider population, or the long-term needs of the country."

  11. Worried about Brexit? Try being a banker

    BBC Newsbeat

    A worker walking in the City of London

    It's "nerves all round" in the finance industry, according to people working in the City of London.

    Workers Newsbeat spoke to said that companies are thinking of moving jobs abroad, so they can stay in the eurozone.

    The pound fell to its lowest level for 31 years on Monday, after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

    But the man in charge of the country's finances, George Osborne, says we're "well prepared" for the economic shock.

  12. Imminent union announcements expected to support Jeremy Corbyn - analysts say

    BBC chief political correspondent Vicki Young says Tom Watson is understood to have had another face to face meeting with under fire Jeremy Corbyn.

    MPs believe the deputy Labour leader is asking Mr Corbyn to stand down.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    ITV Political editor Robert Peston says GMB and Unite unions are poised to back Mr Corbyn and are expected to tell Labour MPs to behave.

    Peston adds that 13,000 additional Labour supporters are believed to have joined the party last week with 60% citing support for Corbyn as their main reason.

  13. Should Oxford Street be pedestrianised?

    The London Assembly will discuss this later. 

    London's mayor Sadiq Khan proposed the measure in his mayoral election manifesto.

    Oxford Street

    The assembly will consider what impact closing the road to vehicles may have on road users and retailers.

  14. High heels row: Nicola Thorp tells MPs she was labelled a 'trouble maker'

    Nicola Thorp, who set up an online petition calling for a ban on employers requiring women to wear high heels at work, has been giving evidence to MPs.

    The temp worker from Hackney, arrived at finance company PwC to be told she had to wear shoes with a "2in to 4in heel".

    Nicola Thorp

    When she refused and complained male colleagues were not asked to do the same, she was sent home without pay.

    She told MPs: “There was certainly an air of ‘she’s a bit of a troublemaker’ and ‘you’ve embarrassed us as an agency, I hope you’re not going to drag our names through the mud.

    "I actually requested on that day that I was sent home for a copy of the male dress code because I wanted to make comparisons and that was denied to me on three or four occasions.

    “I personally don’t understand why an employer should have the right to distinguish between male and female.”

  15. M25 slow moving traffic because of obstruction in the road

    BBC Travel

    The M25 at Surrey has slow moving traffic in an anti-clockwise direction between J6, (A22 for Godstone) and Clacket Lane Services because of an obstruction in the road.

    For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page.

  16. Memorials to war dead listed to mark Somme centenary

    First World War

    More than a dozen war memorials - three in London - have received greater protected status to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

    Seven memorials have been given newly protected status and eight have had their protection upgraded, Historic England said.

    The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and is considered to be one of the bloodiest in human history.

    Find out which memorials will be protected.

  17. Retail assistant tells MP she was encouraged to unbutton her blouse for male shoppers

    Emma Birkett told MPs she applied for a retail sales assistant position where there was a strict uniform policy for women – which was a skirt or a dress with a blouse and high heels. The uniform for men was a smart suit.

    Emma Birkett

    Ms Birkett told the committee how she once forgot to bring heels because she used to walk to work and on that occasion they gave her the option of going to buy a pair of heels otherwise she would be sent home.

    “On that occasion I went home and got my heels, and had to use that time as an unpaid break.

    “I did feel quire insecure there. When I was offered the job I really needed the job so I didn’t challenge the uniform at that point."

    “In retail the team was actively encouraged at Christmas time to wear shorter skirts and unbutton the blouse a little, because at Christmas time you have a larger proportion of male shoppers. We were encouraged to flirt a little to get the gentleman customer to spend a little bit more.”

  18. Parliamentary committee calls BA uniform policy on high heels "remarkable"

    Ms Campion told MPs British Airways staff were expected to wear full uniform, including high heels, from the moment they left their house, on public transport, in the airport building, right up until the passengers were sitting down and only then were they allowed to change into flat shoes.

    She said you were expected to put your high heels back on from when the passengers were disembarking the aircraft until you reached the privacy of your hotel room.

    Petitions Committee member Ian Blackford said it was "remarkable" behaviour on the part of the employer, because allowing staff to change shoes during the flight "was recognising there's potentially a health and safety issue" with the footwear.

    Ms Campion highlighted how difficult it would be to perform the job continuously in high heels because she said you could easily walk miles on board plane during the flight.

  19. Work place dress code: Equalities committee told of BA 'frumpy' cardigan ban

    The Commons Petitions Committee and Equalities Committee are discussing uniform policy and specifically high heels at work, after Nicola Thorp, who was working as a receptionist in London, was sent home for refusing to wear high heels at work

    Equalities Committee hears evidence from Ruth Campion and Nicola Thorp

    Ms Thorp is calling for a ban on employers forcing women to wear high heels at work.

    The joint session heard evidence from former British Airways cabin crew member Ruth Campion who told MPs that BA staff employed before 2010 were allowed to wear cardigans on board a flight because it can get cold in an airplane.

    After 2010, she said staff were not allowed to wear cardigans, because reading "between the lines it was a bit frumpy and not very attractive."