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Royal Baby: It’s a Princess

Follow our live coverage of the birth of the Royal baby from the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Paddington Hospital, west London. He or she will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child and will become the fourth in line to the British monarchy. *Comment, ask questions and make your points below the live dispatches and share them to social media.

Fans of the royal family hold a rosette saying "it's a girl" outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London

Royal Baby: Will it be Alice, Diana or Elizabeth?

As we await the Royal news amidst speculation and with heightened anticipation – will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have another Boy George or is a new little Princess on the cards? The worldwide interest surrounding the latest Royal birth is staggering, played out in the open outside Paddington’s St Mary’s Hospital as international media, royalty fans, the public, retailers and manufacturers converge and await the birth. I bet the political parties will be delighted at this Royal distraction in the run-up to the general elections as media frenzy will be at an all-time high, if her Royal Highness’ due date extends beyond May 7th! Naming Ritual So with the new Royal due anytime, there’s been huge speculation about what name will reign. All bets are on and top of the scores for our new Princess is ‘Alice’ meaning ‘noble’ which features on both sides of Kate and William’s family trees. I think the Royal couple will choose a traditional name to complement George. Read more: Royal Baby live coverage from Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital …

A demonstrator from the Occupy Wall Street campaign stands with a dollar taped over his mouth in Zucotti Park near the financial district of New York

David Graeber: UK in a Globalised World

The man who coined the rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street movement, “We are the 99%”, David Graeber, American anthropologist, activist, author and teacher at the London School of Economics, leads the discussion on how a globalised world affects UK democracy from Notting Hill’s Book and Kitchen as part of our General Elections coverage. *Please post your comments below the live commentary in the comments section below.

Stripes: The house in South End Kensington has to be repainted white

£15m ‘Stripe House’ Makes Kensington Neighbours See Red

A house owner has got one over her neighbours after they scuppered her plans for a triple basement redevelopment in South End, Kensington, a cobbled west London mews. The woman said to be Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring then proceeded to paint the three-storey townhouse valued at £15m in red and white stripes after a protracted planning and legal battle with residents. The Royal Borough which recently outlawed certain basement conversions has been plagued by so- called ‘iceberg homes’ for many years until it finally moved to restrict their explosion. The plans studied by West London Today included a triple basement comprising a swimming pool, a gym and media room. It is believed Ms Lisle-Mainwaring who is at loggerheads with neighbours wants to demolish the present structure and expand it from three storeys to five storeys with four bedrooms. But it is her latest move that has brought a whiff of comedy into an otherwise bitter affair and with it throngs of amused visitors. Social media is already abuzz about the house described by locals as resembling a ‘beachside hut’ …


We are back … welcome to our *beta website

  We are back on the world wide web. Welcome to the new WESTLONDOTODAY.CO.UK website still in *beta version, we hope you like it. We are currently uploading new content to the site, migrating our archives and other digital files across from our old site whilst we also continue to test the robustness of the site’s infrastructure. Why not send us your thoughts about the new site in the comments section  and other features you might want to see. We look forward to your feedback.

Big issue: Toynbee has led a debate on Cameron's legacy as voters go to the polls

Polly Toynbee Debates Inequality

Guardian columnist and social commentator Polly Toynbee together with David Walker have examined policies of the coalition government and led writers, polemicists and west London residents to debate the scourge of inequality under the Tory-led coalition in a session titled: How the Tories took Britain to the Brink. Follow our live coverage from Notting Hill’s Book and Kitchen and contribute your comments, arguments and observations to the discourse. What are the effects of an unequal society? Post your comments on our live blog (below) from 18:30hrs on Wednesday 15 April 2015. [*Below is unedited live commentary from the event. Comments can still be posted at the end]

FAQs: UK General Elections 2015

The United Kingdom general elections will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015 from 07:00hrs to 22:00hrs BST. Below is a background guide to the prime ministerial contenders, main political parties, and general electoral procedures. End of Fixed-Term Parliament and Short Campaign Begins Parliament was dissolved on 31 March thus marking the end of the coalition government and parliamentarians who ran the country from 2010 to 2015. It also marked the official beginning of  the short campaign to canvass for votes. Read more: #GE2015: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail #GE2015: How to Survive the Elections UK Parliament The United Kingdom parliament also known as Westminster has 650 seats up for grabs and all the major parties pour huge resources into electioneering campaigns to secure victory. The party or coalition of parties that wins 326 seats in a first-past-the-post system is called to form the government by her Majesty the Queen. To be declared a member of parliament, a candidate simply has to win more votes than an opponent, not a majority of the …

Cardboard cut-out figures of Ed Miliband and David Cameron

Hell Yeah, Paxo Meets his Macho Man

The first salvo in the race for Downing Street has been fired. At Sky’s shiny HQ in the west London suburb of Osterley. The opening sequence featured some light callisthenics displaying the colours of the two main political parties, a copter camera whirred above, the spin room was packed to the rafters with political heavyweights spinning for their candidates. In the blue corner was incumbent PM David Cameron and his nemesis Labour’s Ed Miliband, and the big dragon they had to slay across the very, very large coffee table, Jeremy Paxman who has left the careers of many politicos in tatters. So you must forgive Ed for opting to take this bitter pill later and preferring to meet the audience first. Meanwhile Cameron decided to rush in and was felled by staccato Paxo upper cuts, “How many food banks do we have?” Can you live on a zero-hours contract?” Cameron’s mouthguard seemed to have been knocked out of place as he spluttered, “No, I can’t live on a zero-hours contract.” Ah, shuffles forward Ed Miliband …