UK's fragile government faces challenge over austerity


Similarly, the victims of the Grenfell Tower are largely working class people of colour, or migrants - the kinds of people who have been endlessly stigmatised by the Conservatives over the last seven years. "That would include those who lived there or any anyone who was visiting them", said McCormack.

Mrs May said that cladding samples from 120 tower blocks, in 37 local authority areas, have now failed flammability tests - a 100% failure rate.

Safety checks are continuing across the country following the Grenfell Tower blaze on June 14, which was apparently stoked by the building's flammable exterior cladding and left at least 79 people dead or missing.

Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London.

But later, May's spokesman said the policy on public sector pay had not changed.

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are widening their lead against the ruling Conservatives and Theresa May.

But it calls on the government to recruit more police officers and firefighters and to give the emergency services and other public sector workers a "fair pay rise".

"What the tragedy of Grenfell Tower has exposed is the disastrous effect of austerity". "This disaster must be a wake-up call".

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May has come under fire from inside and outside her Conservative party over her strategy for Britain's departure from the European Union and has been forced to scrap many of her planned reforms.

Following the extended PMQs session - which ran around 20 minutes over its allotted half-hour - MPs gathered in the Commons for a debate on the Queen's speech.

After the terms of the deal between the government and the D.U.P. were made public on Monday, Corbyn denounced the agreement as not "in the national interest, but in the interest of Theresa May and the Conservatives' own political survival".

Chancellor Philip Hammond has suggested the Government could ease austerity, stressing that Tories were "not deaf" to the message delivered in the General Election, which saw the party lose its majority after Labour promised large increases in public spending.

The vote comes amid anger over a £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up a Tory minority government, branded a "bung" by critics. Nearly immediately, criticism of the agreement erupted from leaders in Wales and Scotland who asked why Northern Ireland should get more funds but no additional spending is being directed towards their devolved areas.

The prime minister called the snap vote to strengthen her hand going into Brexit negotiations, but lost her majority, and with it, much of her authority.

Labour has tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech - the government's legislative agenda - calling for an end to budget cuts for the police and fire service, and to years of below-inflation public sector pay rises.

A vote will take place in Parliament at around 7 p.m. (1800 GMT; 2 p.m. EDT).

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