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What would you do if you were Mayor of London for the day?

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The mayoral candidates have set out their plans for London.

Crime, affordable housing and public transport are discussed at length in their manifestos.

Ken Livingstone says he will raise the congestion charge in October for drivers of cars with high emissions. Boris Johnson says the plan is flawed and should be scrapped.

The mayor says that crime is falling and more houses are being built for ordinary people.

Boris sticks the boot in, gently

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The battle for London Mayor has moved 250 miles north to Gateshead, where Tory contender Boris Johnson has been sticking his rhetorical boot into the Labour incumbent.

Will it be Boring Boris if Johnson becomes London Mayor?

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johnson.jpgBoris Johnson talks to Tim Castle at the Conservative Spring Conference in Gateshead.

The Tory candidate for London Mayor says he will give it 100 percent should he become mayor and focus on making the capital safer because “it’s central to making a wonderful city yet more wonderful.”

Boris Johnson – Why I’m running for London Mayor

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Boris Johnson talks to Tim Castle at the Conservative Spring Conference in Gateshead about why he is running for London Mayor.

Click on video below.

Training for the Olympics – with hard hats

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jowell.jpgMayor of London Ken Livingstone said he wanted to get more women into Olympic construction jobs, but there weren’t many on view during a site visit this week.

Instead, there was Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell donning hard hat, safety goggles and Caterpillar boots. The floral jacket seemed a bit out of place, but maybe it was proof you could still be a woman in a man’s world.

London’s Olympic site stripped bare

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aerial-image-olympic-village-site2.jpgIt’s a lot of mud for nine billion pounds.

Work on London’s Olympic Park is bulldozing ahead — literally. Dozens of diggers are clearing the site in east London before construction on the main stadium, velopark, aquatics complex, media centre and Olympic village can begin.

The site has become an industrial dinosaur over the decades, seeping pollutants into the soil and waterways.

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Coe undefeated by doubters – just winded

seb-coe.jpgSebastian Coe said the negativity shown by Londoners towards hosting the 2012 Olympic Games doesn't get him down.

But he must have had the wind knocked out of him by the questions and sometimes anger shown by local residents and politicians in recent question and answer sessions.

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