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    GRENFELL TOWER FIRE PM orders public inquiry into Grenfell fire Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. The PM said people “deserve answers” as to why the fire spread so rapidly. She spoke after...

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    GRENFELL TOWER FIRE Tower fire leads to deaths Twelve people have died in a West London tower block fire and the number is expected to rise. Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, after they were called to the emergency early yesterday morning. Commenting on the disaster, Theresa May said there will be a “proper investigation”, adding that if there are “any lessons to be learned they will...

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    EUROPE  Tory grandees call for PM to adopt softer Brexit Theresa May has come under pressure from two former Tory PMs to drop her plans for a hard Brexit and collaborate with rival parties on shaping the UK’s departure from the EU. David Cameron said Mrs May must now listen to people who want to keep Britain in the EU after last week’s general election. He said: “It’s going to be difficult, there’s no...

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    GOVERNMENT May apologises to Conservative MPs The PM has apologised to Conservative MPs for the party’s general election performance, telling them “I got us into this mess I’ll get us out of it”. Addressing a meeting of the 1922 committee, Theresa May told them she would serve as “long as you want me to do”. According to reports of the meeting, she accepted personal responsibility for calling the snap...

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    GOVERNMENT May praises Tory 'talent' Theresa May said the government planned to focus on social issues and "delivering a successful Brexit" as she completed a Cabinet reshuffle. The PM said the new line-up brought in "talent from across the whole of the Conservative party". Her comments came after Michael Gove, one of the driving forces behind Brexit, returned to the front bench as environment secretary. She said...

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    GOVERNMENT DUP 'in positive talks' with Tories The Democratic Unionist Party says it has had “positive talks” over a “confidence and supply” deal to support a Conservative government. Theresa May was left eight seats short of an overall majority in the general election, while the DUP won 10 seats. Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson went to Belfast on Saturday for talks with the Northern Irish party. The DUP...

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    RESULTS Poll results in hung parliament The general election has resulted in a hung parliament, with no party securing the 326 seats required for a majority. The Conservatives lost 13 seats but remain the largest party, with 318. They are followed by Labour, which gained 30 seats and now holds 262. The SNP lost 21 of the seats it had secured in 2015, and now has 35 MPs. The Liberal Democrats finished with 12 seats, the Greens with one, and...

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    RESULTS Tories set to fall short of majority An exit poll appears to have correctly predicted that the Conservatives will gain the most seats in the general election, but not enough to secure a parliamentary majority. Other parties appear to have ruled out the possibility of a coalition government, leaving the future shape of the Commons uncertain. The initial projection gave the Tories 314 seats, Labour 266, the SNP 34 and the Liberal...

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    CAMPAIGNS Last push for votes in election campaign Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn returned to their core themes as they and other party leaders criss-crossed the UK on Wednesday in a last push for general election votes. The Tory leader said she was the only person who could “deliver for Britain” and negotiate the right Brexit deal, while Mr Corbyn promised more spending on health and education. The Lib Dems are focusing on...

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    CONSERVATIVES May will not let human rights laws stand in her way Theresa May has promised she will not let human rights laws stand in the way of tackling suspected terrorists if she is re-elected. The PM said she would make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and “restrict the freedom and movements” of those that present a threat. Mrs May had already announced plans for longer prison sentences for terrorists and a clamp...

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