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Grenfell Tower: Similar cladding used in around 600 high rises

Grenfell Tower: Similar cladding used in around 600 high rises

Media caption“I was informed that a number of these tests have come back as combustible” – Theresa May Around 600 high rises across England are using similar cladding to Grenfell Tower, Downing Street estimates. Tower blocks across the UK are being examined after the London blaze, which left 79 people dead or missing, presumed dead. […]

Brexit: ‘Dreamer’ Donald Tusk says UK could stay in EU

Brexit: ‘Dreamer’ Donald Tusk says UK could stay in EU

Image caption Theresa May arriving at the Brussels summit European Council president Donald Tusk has quoted lyrics from John Lennon’s Imagine to suggest the door remains open to the UK staying in the EU. Ahead of a Brussels summit he said of the prospect: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only […]

Single parents win benefits cap High Court challenge

Single parents win benefits cap High Court challenge

Image copyright PA Single parents with a child under two have won a court challenge as they face “real misery” from the government’s benefits cap. A High Court judge said the cap was not intended to cover such households, had “no good purpose”, and the failure to exempt them was discriminatory. The government said it […]

Wales loses under Tory ‘power bribe’ for DUP, warns Jones

Wales loses under Tory ‘power bribe’ for DUP, warns Jones

Image caption Carwyn Jones says Wales would lose out under a Tory-DUP deal Conservative UK ministers will find an “underhand way” to give Northern Ireland more money at Wales’ expense, First Minister Carwyn Jones has said. It follows reports the Democratic Unionist Party wants £2bn extra funding from a Tory-DUP deal at Westminster. Mr Jones […]

London fire: Kensington council boss quits over Grenfell tragedy

London fire: Kensington council boss quits over Grenfell tragedy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters gathered outside Kensington Town Hall last week to demand support The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned amid criticism over the borough’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire. Nicholas Holgate said Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid asked for him to go – this is denied […]

Theresa May to present Brexit plans to EU leaders

Theresa May to present Brexit plans to EU leaders

Media captionNot got long? Here’s the Queen’s Speech in 90 seconds UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to address EU leaders on her plans for the issue of expats’ rights after Brexit. Mrs May will head to Brussels for her first European summit since she lost her Commons majority in the general election. It comes […]

DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson plays down reports of £2bn request to Tories

DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson plays down reports of £2bn request to Tories

Image caption DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson described the £2bn figure as “wild speculation” but did say the DUP wanted help with infrastructure spending The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has played down reports it is seeking £2bn in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for supporting the Tories. Earlier, sources told the BBC the […]

Queen’s Speech: Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘threadbare’ programme

Queen’s Speech: Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘threadbare’ programme

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: Austerity must come to an end Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed the Queen’s Speech as “threadbare”, saying the government has “apparently run out of ideas altogether”. The Labour leader highlighted manifesto measures not included, including grammar school expansion and cuts to pensioners’ winter fuel payments. Boosted by his general election gains, Mr Corbyn […]

Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England has been ditched from the government’s plans. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all options” for opening new schools, but that […]

Queen’s Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

Queen’s Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen was accompanied by the Prince of Wales – with the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital A host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a “smooth and orderly” departure from the EU have been announced in the Queen’s Speech. Of 27 bills, eight relate to […]