John McDonnell: Grenfell victims 'murdered by political decisions'

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims 'murdered by political decisions'

Labour’s John McDonnell has claimed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were “murdered” by “political decisions”. The shadow chancellor made the claims at a Glastonbury Festival event on Sunday – a day after Jeremy Corbyn addressed thousands of people there. Mr McDonnell claimed the decision to “view housing as only for financial speculation” meant the Grenfell Tower victims were “murdered”. He also said closing fire stations “contributed” to the deaths. At least 79 people are…

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More high-rises fail fire safety tests

More high-rises fail fire safety tests

Cladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government has said. Tests are taking place on the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington on 14 June. The Department for Communities and Local Government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test. Councils were told to prioritise buildings they had most concern over….

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Pakistan oil tanker fire kills scores

Pakistan oil tanker fire kills scores

At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, local officials say. They say dozens of people were badly burned as they tried to collect fuel leaking from the vehicle. Those injured are being treated in hospital. Firefighters are now at the scene tackling the blaze. Unconfirmed reports suggest the tanker had overturned because of speeding, and later caught fire. Eyewitnesses say some people…

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Cladding fire tests failed by 27 high-rise blocks

Cladding fire tests failed by 27 high-rise blocks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Cladding on 27 tower blocks in 15 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government says. This comes after Camden Council became the first authority to evacuate residents over fire safety concerns, asking people living in four high-rise buildings to leave late on Friday. The council said it had no option but to move residents of 650 flats on the Chalcots estate while work takes…

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Camden flats: Hundreds of homes evacuated over fire risk fears

Camden flats: Hundreds of homes evacuated over fire risk fears

Media playback is unsupported on your device More than 700 flats in tower blocks on an estate in the Swiss Cottage area of north-west London have been evacuated because of fire safety concerns. Camden Council said people in four towers on the Chalcots estate were moved for “urgent fire safety works”. The council added it was booking hotels but around 100 residents have spent the night on air beds in a leisure centre. The estate’s…

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Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge-freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests, police say. The Metropolitan Police say manslaughter, health and safety, and fire safety charges will be considered. A total of 79 people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block and nearby. In Salford, cladding is to be removed from nine of its residential tower blocks because of safety concerns. The…

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Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens

Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens

About three million EU citizens living in the UK would be allowed to stay after Brexit, Theresa May has proposed. A new “UK settled status” would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years rights to stay and access health, education and other benefits. Proposals were unveiled at a Brussels summit but are dependent on EU states guaranteeing Britons the same rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plan a “good…

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Grenfell Tower: Seven high rises 'fail fire-risk tests'

Grenfell Tower: Seven high rises 'fail fire-risk tests'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Seven residential high-rise buildings in four local authority areas have been found to be covered in combustible cladding following safety tests. Landlords are being told and more checks carried out, number 10 said. It comes as further tests are being carried out on about 600 high rises across England. Cladding is thought to have contributed to the rapid spread of fire at Grenfell Tower, in which at least…

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