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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Simon Cowell's Grenfell single tops chart

Simon Cowell's Grenfell single tops chart

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has topped this week’s chart – despite only being released on Wednesday morning. More than 50 stars including Stormzy, Rita Ora and Liam Payne recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water to support victims’ families and survivors. The track sold 170,000 copies in less than 48 hours – the vast majority of which were download sales. The cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic…

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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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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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London fire: Kensington council chief quits over Grenfell tragedy

London fire: Kensington council chief quits over Grenfell tragedy

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 by the government. Mr Holgate said last week’s fire in North Kensington, in which at least 79 people died, was “heart-breaking” but his presence would be a “distraction”. Residents had condemned the initial relief effort as “absolute…

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London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

Sixty-eight social housing flats in Kensington, London, are to be made available to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government has said. The one, two and three-bedroom flats are located in two blocks that stand alongside a large luxury development, where private homes go for up to £8.5m. At least 79 people died and many more were left homeless after fire engulfed the North Kensington tower a week ago. PM Theresa May has apologised…

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Grenfell Tower charity single released

Grenfell Tower charity single released

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has been released. Stars including Stormzy, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Liam Payne recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water to help raise money for those affected. The cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic, also featuring Craig David and Skepta, was organised by Simon Cowell. At least 79 people are now missing, presumed dead, following the fire in west London a week ago….

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Government staff have been drafted in to manage the response to the Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. A team of civil servants has been embedded in the council office after residents complained they had been left with little support or information from officials. At least 58 people are dead or presumed dead, and many others are homeless. The council says it will cooperate “in full” with the government’s inquiry….

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