This week in politics

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This week in politics
19th December 2014

The Political Correspondent of the Evening Standard Joe Watts explains all the top stories coming out of Westminster this week.

Stephen Greenhalgh announces bid to become Mayor of London

During a Headline Interview on London Live, the current Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh announced he wants to succeed Boris Johnson at City Hall.

Speaking to the Standard’s Editor Sarah Sands he said: “It’s been an immense privilege working for Boris in the last two and a half years. I’ve enjoyed it more than I ever thought possible.
“But I’ve decided today to announce the fact that I want to succeed Boris in 2016. I’m putting my name forward.”
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Garden Bridge gets the green light

Plans to build a Garden Bridge spanning the Thames have been given the green light by Boris Johnson,
The Mayor of London said the crossing, which will connect Temple to South Bank, is set to be a “fantastic new landmark”.
Described as a “floating garden”, the 366 metre bridge is now on course to open in 2018.
More on this story here.  

Nigel Farage  defends the use of the word ‘chinky’

Nigel Farage has defended the UKIP election candidate Kerry Smith after he was heard making racist and homophobic comments.

The UKIP leader said this was down to the candidate having grown up on council house in east London.Kerry Smith after he called a Chinese woman a "chinky bird" and mocked gay party members as "poofters".

Mr Farage asked: "If you and your mates are going out for a Chinese, what do you say you're going for?"

Mr Smith, who was the candidate for Ukip's top target seat South Basildon and East Thurrock, quit the party after being recorded making the comments.

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