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Brexit: 2018 Queen’s Speech cancelled by government

Brexit: 2018 Queen’s Speech cancelled by government

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen’s Speech was last cancelled under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in 2011 There will be no Queen’s Speech next year to give MPs more time to deal with Brexit laws, the government says. Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said the next parliamentary session was being doubled in length to two years. The unusual ...

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London fire: Jeremy Corbyn renews call to seize empty homes

London fire: Jeremy Corbyn renews call to seize empty homes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn visited people seeking news of missing loved ones Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his suggestion that people left homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire could be housed in empty homes, saying the government has the means to seize property. “Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it,” the Labour leader told ITV’s Peston on ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council

Image copyright Getty/AFP Government staff have been drafted in to bolster the official response to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London. The move follows widespread criticism of the local council’s performance. Residents condemned the relief effort as “absolute chaos” and complained that Kensington and Chelsea Council had provided little support or information. Councils across London are now involved in ...

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Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

Chancellor Philip Hammond has criticised the way the Conservatives fought the general election campaign, saying there should have been more focus on the economy. Mr Hammond said he was unhappy with the low-key role he was given and said the Tories should have put more effort into “dismantling” Labour’s plans. He also said the government “heard a message” in the ...

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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

Image copyright Getty/AFP 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 ...

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What will be in the Queen’s Speech?

What will be in the Queen’s Speech?

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen’s Speech is written by ministers and read out by the monarch The Queen’s Speech is that striking moment of parliamentary pageantry when the government sets out its legislative plans. But some proposals – based on the winning party’s manifesto after an election – could be in doubt with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Commons ...

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Hung Parliament: What’s going on

Hung Parliament: What’s going on

It’s proving to be a busy time in UK politics. Here’s a guide. What has happened? Media captionElection 2017: Highlights of TV election night coverage UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election, thinking she could increase her power ahead of Brexit talks. But it turned out she didn’t do as well as hoped and her party no longer ...

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Election results 2017: Who are the DUP?

Election results 2017: Who are the DUP?

Image copyright Charles McQuillan Image caption The DUP had a good night in Northern Ireland, securing two more MPs. The Conservatives lost their overall majority in the general election and Prime Minister Theresa May is now dependent on seeking alliances with parties to get the 326 votes she needs to pass legislation in a hung Parliament. Theresa May has already ...

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