London Mayor Boris Johnson has intervened in a row over the sponsorship of a major cable car project which appeared to discriminate against Israel.
Mr Johnson ordered Transport for London commissioner Sir Peter Hendy and the Emirates airline to remove a clause in the contract for the Emirates Air Line, as the cable car crossing the Thames in east London is known.
There was no shortage of celebrity content at the gala dinner of special-needs educational charity Kisharon as impressionist Jon Culshaw entertained the 750 turnout with impersonations of Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Tony Blair and Arsene Wenger, to name but four. Another special guest was Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who regaled guests with tales of Antarctic exploration.
The contrast could hardly have been more glaring — from the horror of Nazi-occupied Europe three-quarters-of-a-century ago to the splendour of the state apartments at St James’s Palace and an appointment with the Prince of Wales.