A Newcastle United footballer has told Sky News he rushed to Grenfell Tower to provide survivors with food, water and clothing on the night the building caught fire. Yasin Ben El Mhanni was visiting his parents in West London on the night of the blaze. As news of the fire spread, the 21-year-old winger
Labour will seek to exploit government division on Brexit today in the final round of House of Commons votes on the Queen's Speech. Jeremy Corbyn will call for MPs to back a "jobs first" Brexit that delivers the "exact same benefits" as the single market and customs union. Labour
The type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower is likely to have to be removed from hundreds of buildings in order to make people safe, a housing expert has said. Hotels, private sector blocks, hospitals and student accommodation are among the other buildings covered by potentially dangerous cladding,
A hero police officer who fought all three London Bridge attackers with only his baton says there was "instant darkness" when he was stabbed in the head by one of the terrorists. PC Wayne Marques, 38, had not long begun a night shift when he heard screams. PC Marques said: "I heard a
By Kevin Yao DALIAN, China (Reuters) - China needs to strike a balance between deleveraging and maintaining adequate support for some sectors of the economy, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Thursday. On the global economy, the outlook has been optimistic, Zhang Tao, deputy managing
Some tenants of Grenfell Tower were reportedly unable to access legal aid to challenge safety concerns prior to the fire. Cuts to legal aid may have stopped tenants in Grenfell Tower from pursuing safety concerns that could have prevented the fire, the president of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, has
The UK car industry is blaming a sharp drop in the number of vehicles manufactured last month on factory preparations for the production of new models. It marked the second month in a row that brakes were applied with some force to vehicle assembly in Britain. The car sector, which has been among the
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's progress in tackling climate change is stalling and new strategies and policies are needed to ensure ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts continue, the government's climate advisers said in a report on Thursday. Britain's greenhouse gas emissions
The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster will be led by retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick. The appointment of Sir Martin, who was a commercial lawyer before becoming a judge, is expected to be officially announced on Thursday.
People forced to rely on food donations face multiple forms of destitution, poor health and household income as low as £320 a month, one of the biggest ever studies into Britain’s foodbanks has found.
Three-quarters of young black and minority ethnic (BAME) people believe they and their communities are being targeted unfairly by stop and search despite a steep decline in the use of the controversial tactic, according to new research. A survey commissioned by the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA), a
Prisons have “struggled to cope” with record rates of suicide and self-harm among inmates following cuts to funding and staff numbers, the public spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office said it remains unclear how the authorities will meet aims for improving prisoners’ mental health or
The education secretary attempted to reassure anxious MPs, headteachers and parents that no school would lose money under the redistribution of funds. Children with special educational needs could lose out under government plans for a national funding formula for schools if there is no local input into
Les Ebdon said Oxford and Cambridge ‘still had a mountain to climb’ regarding underprivileged students. Oxford and Cambridge universities have failed to recognise potential among disadvantaged applicants and need to improve their efforts, according to the government’s higher education access tsar.
By Amanda Ferguson BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Irish politicians were set to negotiate through the night as they remained deadlocked on Wednesday in talks to restore the British province's power-sharing executive with hours to go until a deadline to reach agreement. Northern Ireland politics has
Cladding is removed from a tower block in Sheffield. Theresa May has called on councils and housing associations to accelerate fire safety checks. A total of 120 tower blocks across 37 local authority areas in England so far have failed fire safety tests and have combustible cladding, Theresa May announced
Jeremy Corbyn said the Grenfell fire had "exposed the disastrous effect of austerity" as he clashed with Theresa May during the first PMQs since the General Election.
The Government has defeated a Labour bid to end the cap on public sector pay in the first parliamentary test of the Tory-DUP deal. Labour had attempted to push through an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling on ministers to recruit more police officers and firefighters and to end the 1% limit
Theresa May has said the 3 million EU citizens currently in the UK can apply for ‘settled status’. Theresa May’s proposal on citizens’ rights after Brexit does not offer EU citizens the certainty being sought by Brussels, and it would even force children to apply to stay in the UK, according to a leaked
A university student on a mixture of drink and drugs after the Parklife music festival pleaded guilty to urinating on a 72-year-old pensioner and slapping an employee at a Pret A Manger in Manchester. Mason Hudson, 19, was given a 20-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £250 court costs
By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - The opposition Labour Party lost a vote to try to force Theresa May to change her austerity agenda and increase public sector pay on Wednesday, in the first of many expected challenges to the prime minister's ability to govern. May won by 323 votes to 309 in
‘The remorseless focus on aspiration and bettering oneself results in … large numbers of graduates from working-class backgrounds who are unable to find graduate employment.’ points out Prof Diane Reay. Time to Change, the latest Social Mobility Commission report, states that radical reform is needed