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Tessa Jowell: 'My policies matter, not my ethnicity'

AT THE General Election in May, Dame Tessa Jowell relinquished her seat in parliament as the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood.
Shortly after, as expected, in a Brixton community hall she formally announced her ambition to be the mayor of London.

In her address, the former Olympics minister launched her vision for ‘One London’, and has since dominated the competition as the frontrunner to be the Labour candidate to go head to head with Tory favourite Zac Goldsmith next year.

All-night tube service delayed by London Underground

THE LONDON Underground (LU) has postponed the launch date of London's Night Tube service.

The 24-hour weekend service on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines was due to start on September 12.

Tube workers staged two 24-hour strikes in July and August in a dispute with London Underground over rotas and working conditions on the new service.

LU said it had deferred the introduction to "allow more time" for talks with the unions.

Aced it: Student gets 10 A* at GCSE

A LONDON schoolgirl is celebrating achieving ten A* GCSEs, which makes her one of the country’s top performing students.

Caija Addai, 16, of Bexley, in southeast London, said she was “very happy” with the results.

She scored the best possible grades in geography, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, resistant materials, French, English language, Latin and religious studies.

The teenager, who attended Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School, also got two As in English literature and additional maths.

Police searching for missing woman with mystery illness

THE METROPOLITAN police are concerned for the welfare of a 24-year-old woman who was last seen at work in west London last week.

Cristina Moreira, who is also known as Funmilaye Oluyedi was last seen at her place of work in Hammersmith and Fulham last week Thursday (Aug 20) where she appeared to be very unwell with an unknown condition.

Moreira declined medical attention and left the premises. She was due to attend a meeting at her workplace yesterday (Aug 24), but she failed to attend.

Yvette Cooper's plan to get more black people in to politics

A DIVERSITY CHAMPION will be introduced as part of Yvette Cooper's agenda to usher politics into the 21st Century, the Labour leadership candidate has announced.

As the contest approaches its final stages, the MP for Pontefract and Castleford has pledged a number of radical changes to make politics more "relevant to people's lives".

She said: "As I have made clear throughout the leadership campaign, Parliament should look like the country it represents and we have a lot of work to do to make that a reality.

Illegal workers could face jail sentence under new law

ILLEGAL WORKERS will face time behind bars under a new immigration bill.

People who work illegally in England and Wales will face up to six months in prison, under proposals to be included in the forthcoming Immigration Bill - which will be introduced in the autumn.

The bill will also contain measures against takeaway restaurants and off-licences which employ illegal migrants.

Penalties will also include an unlimited fine and wages being seized.

Patients queue in street for appointment at Toxteth surgery

PATIENTS WERE forced to queue in the street outside a Toxteth medical centre in the hope of getting an appointment, a new report revealed.

Princes Park Surgery, in Bentley Road, has now been placed in special measures after the care watchdog ruled services were “inadequate” – the worst possible ranking.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the practice – run by private healthcare firm SSP Health on behalf of the NHS– could be shut down if it fails to improve within six months.

'Why does Newsnight get it so wrong with black guests?'

THE FORMER head of MTV Base – the brand’s dedicated channel for black music – has written a blog post and open letter criticising the BBC following a “car crash” Newsnight segment discussing rap group NWA.

Jasmine Dotiwala, a music industry veteran, was last week (Aug 14) invited on to the BBC2 show by producers to discuss their legacy in light of a new biopic, Straight Outta Compton, about their rise to fame via the tough LA streets.

Why has my son served double his sentence, asks dad

AN ANXIOUS father wants to know why his son, who was jailed for four years, is still behind bars almost a decade later.

Dad Arnold Salmon says he now intends to start both an online and paper petition to campaign for the release of his 35-year-old son Ishuba, who was jailed for four years and four months in 2006 for conspiracy to rob.

Arnold, from Lozells, Birmingham, is not saying his son is innocent or shouldn’t be in jail – far from it, but the whole family is frustrated over the fact that their son is still in prison despite two parole hearings.

'Buoyant' economy not benefitting black Britons

FRESH FIGURES have revealed that despite levels of unemployment falling nationally, the benefits are failing to reach Britain’s ethnic minority communities.

The statistics published by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) last week show that in the first half of this year, unemployment rates for white Britons dropped by 2.4 per cent but increased for ethnic minority people by 16.42 per cent.

It comes despite the prime minister’s pre-election pledge to implement measures to boost job creation.