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Gavin Esler: Now the real fight begins

Change UK candidate tweets.

Change UK candidate and former BBC journalist Gavin Esler gives "huge thanks" to voters - after failing to win a seat in London.

His party got 5.2% of the vote share in London - not enough to secure them a seat.

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UKIP leader Gerard Batten loses seat

In London, UKIP's vote share fell by 14.8% - meaning they lost their one London MEP who was also the party leader Gerard Batten.

In summary: London results

The Lib Dems vote share went up by 20%, and The Brexit Party by 18%.

Labour's share fell by 12.7%, while UKIP and the Conservatives fell by 14.8% and 14.6% respectively.

Lib Dem success in London

Professor Sir John Curtice

Polling expert

Nothing illustrates more clearly the success of the Lib Dems in winning over Remain voters than the party's success at coming a clear first in the capital, something it has never come remotely close to achieving in a previous election.

The Greens have also prospered to some degree with a three point increase in its vote to 12%.

Meanwhile the Brexit Party have inevitably done less well here with a modest 18% of the vote.

Meanwhile the weakness of Change UK is underlined by its inability to get more than 5% in this most Remain party of England.

Labour loses Corbyn's borough - on his birthday

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn might not appreciate this result on his birthday.

His party has lost the borough of Islington to the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Corbyn lives in the borough, within which his Islington North constituency falls.

Severe disruption: A40 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A40 London eastbound severe disruption, at Ramillies Street.

A40 London - A40 Oxford Street in West End blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at the Ramillies Street junction, because of a broken down bus.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Statues become focus of Dementia Week in London

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Roosevelt and Churchill statue
Westminster Council

The unusual sight of iconic statues of Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill and Mozart draped in yellow scarves decorated with blue Forget Me Not flowers, has greeted many workers and visitors to central London in recent days.

The “forget me not” scarves appeared on 11 statues in central and west London to mark Dementia Action Week, led by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Westminster Council, which has nearly 1,800 residents suffering with the degenerative condition, this week decorated several statues, including:

  • The Allies (Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt) in Bond Street
  • Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street
  • The Ballet Dancer in Covent Garden
  • Woman of Samaria, aka the Water Carrier, in Berkeley Square, Mayfair
  • Mozart in Ebury Street, Belgravia
  • King Charles I in Whitehall

And there are five more in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where the council says 1,500 of its residents have the condition.

  • The Venus fountain, Sloane Square
  • St Volodymyr the Great in Holland Park
  • A Moment of Peril at the Leighton House Museum
  • The Boy with Dolphin by the Albert Bridge
  • The Boy David at Chelsea Embankment

One in six people in the UK who are aged 80+ have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. And it currently affects some 850,000 people.

Man 'critically injured' after Mitcham stabbing

A man is in hospital with life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Mitcham this afternoon, the Met Police has confirmed.

Officers were called to Lammas Avenue at 12:00 BST to reports of two males fighting - one of the men suffered injuries to his leg and arm.

The Met say a Section 60 order has been put in place throughout different parts of Mitcham while initial investigations are being carried out.

There have been no arrests as yet.

Arrested teen girl 'hit with baton and Tasered'

The Metropolitan Police is being investigated over "the level of force" used to detain a teenage girl in Newham who was hit with a baton and Tasered.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) became aware of the incident which happened on 8 May at about 19:20 on Roman Road.

IOPC's Sal Naseem said: "Having reviewed the complaint and viewed body worn video footage of the incident we decided that this matter requires an independent investigation.

"It is important for everyone involved that we understand the circumstances surrounding this incident."

The Met Police said it made the referral to the IOPC.

Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, around Parliament Square.

London - Roads in Central London blocked and delays around the Parliament Square junction, because of a demonstration.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Battersea baseball bat murder sentencing delayed

Ian Tomlin
Met Police

The sentencing of two men convicted of the murder a man who was beaten to death and stabbed outside his home in Battersea, has been delayed.

Ian Tomlin, 46, was attacked inside the communal area of his block of flats in October by Gary Beech, 48, and Michael Swan, 45.

Mr Tomlin (pictured) was struck so hard the bat "split", the Old Bailey heard during the trial.

Beech, of Cromwell House, and Swan, from Wandsworth, were due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey today - however Swan has requested a new barrister to represent him.

Judge Rebecca Poulet told the defendant that he would be expected to represent himself if he could not arrange a new lawyer within the next two weeks.

The judge told Mr Tomlin’s family how sorry she was the sentencing could not proceed today.

Beech, of Charlotte Despard Avenue, and Swan, of Enterprise Way, are due to be sentenced on 31 May.

Thanksgiving service to mark 100 years of women in the Met

Met Police

Thousands of serving and retired police officers, police staff, their families and friends will gather at Westminster Abbey today for a special service of thanksgiving to mark 100 years of women police officers in the Met.

This event echoes the service of 100 years ago held at the Abbey to honour the fallen police officers of the First World War.

That service, on 17 May 1919, was the first occasion where female Met officers wore their uniforms in public.

One hundred years ago today, on 17 May 1919, Met Police women appeared in public for the first time at a special service at Westminster Abbey held to honour the losses of officers in the first world war. A century on, in 2019, I am delighted that Westminster Abbey will once again host a unique service and welcome on this occasion not just a handful, but thousands of Met police women, who will represent even more of their colleagues."

Cressida DickMet Commissioner