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regards as the capital of its declared caliphate. in the past few days fighting has intensified between syrian democratic forces, backed by the us, and the fighters of the islamic state group. and in iraq the un cultural organisation unesco has condemned the destruction of the great al—nuri mosque in mosul, which was blown up by islamic state militants. the building with its famous leaning minaret was more than 800 years old. four us republican senators have signalled that they cannot support the draft healthcare bill put forward by the party's leadership to replace obamacare. they said they were open to negotiation. a vote is not expected until next week but losing four republican votes in the senate would block the bill. now it's time for a look back at the day in parliament. welcome to thursday in parliament.
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theresa may says tests are being carried out on tail—block cladding. asa carried out on tail—block cladding. as a precaution we will test cladding on all relevant tail—block. shortly before they came to the chamber i was informed a number of tests have come back as combustible. the home secretary warns the uk is entering a phase of global terrorism. we must do more to defeat ideologies of patriot by turning people's minds away from violence and towards pluralistic values. and and towards pluralistic values. and a new mp may see famous speech.
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churchill said courage is what makes us churchill said courage is what makes us stand up and speak, but it is also what makes us sit down and listen. testing has shown cladding used on high—rise buildings is combustible. theresa may made a statement to the commons following the fire at the grenfell tower block last week. 79 people are believed to have died and hundreds more made homeless after losing everything in the blaze. it is estimated 600 buildings in england have some form of cladding. it should never have happened. in a few moments i will say how to discover why it did. as i said yesterday the initial failure was compounded by the fact that the support on the ground in the initial hours wasn't good enough. as prime minister i have apologised for that second failure and taken responsibility for doing what we can to put it right. it became clear she said kensington and chelsea couldn't cope and it was right that the chief
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executive had resigned. it wasn't just about the steps taken in the first two weeks but what happened long after the tv cameras had gone. theresa may said each family received a £5,000 payment for food, clothes and essentials and so far more than £700,000 had been paid out. it is essentialthat more than £700,000 had been paid out. it is essential that people understand they can keep the money they receive. these are not loans and they will not be expected to repay a single penny. neither are they waiting any legal rights as a result of accepting this financial help. the payments will be disregarded for means tested welfare benefits payments so no one will see benefits payments so no one will see benefit cuts if they accept emergency support. i want to reassure people we won't use this incident as a reason to carry out immigration checks on those involved oi’ immigration checks on those involved or on those providing vital
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information to identify victims or those assisting with the investigation. and homes were being found for those left homeless. mrs may confirmed a public enquiry and hoped there would be an interim report as soon as possible. in the meantime safety checks had being carried out. the house should be careful to speculate on what caused the fire but as a precaution the government has arranged to test cladding in all relevant tower blocks. shortly before i came to the chamber i was informed a number of the tests had come back as combustible. the relevant local authorities and fire services have been informed and as i speak are taking possible steps to ensure buildings are safe and inform affected residents. there is grief, angerand great affected residents. there is grief, anger and great solidarity in that community. i hope the house will join with me into many the community spirit and public support which helped so many traumatised families. at least 79 people are dead. it is
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both a tragedy and an outrage because every single one of those deaths should have been avoided. the g re nfell tower deaths should have been avoided. the grenfell tower residents themselves had raised concerns about the lack of fire safety in the block. the gradual action group had warned, i quote, it is a truly terrifying thought but the granville action group firmly believes that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of the landlord, the kensington and chelsea tenant management organisation. the prime minister said it is right that the ceo of kensington and chelsea council has now resigned. it may be. why are the political leaders of kensington and chelsea not taking responsibility for this dreadful event? from hillsborough to the child sex abuse scandal to grenfell
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tower, the pattern is consistent — working—class people's voices are employed and concerns dismissed by those in power. those people have died and will never come back. we have to learn those lessons to make sure this tragedy is a turning point in our whole attitude and never again will people die needlessly in again will people die needlessly in a towering inferno living in poverty surrounded by a sea of prosperity. this needs to be about parliament recognising the significance of what has happened and we can never as a country be in this position again. i welcome the remarks of the prime minister. let's make sure that social housing is something that we invest in. a local mp said she spoke on behalf of a traumatised and frightened community with little trust in authority. she called for the cuts in the fire services to be reversed. will the prime minister commit to adequate funding to enable emergency services and the london
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fire brigade to be fully funded to carry out this work and reverse the cuts to the funding of fire services that have made their lives so difficult? these people have quite literally our lies in their hands. in short, where is the funding? in re ce nt in short, where is the funding? in recent years london has seen many high—quality high—rises built, financed with foreign money, and then left empty for years with the kitchens in clingfilm and christine. and while we understand there are occasions when a landlord will leave an apartment empty, when brand—new properties are empty for many years, does the prime minister think it is right to discuss with the chancellor changing the taxation regime so that as in new york city these people face punitive taxation? my wife and i mentor, employed and encouraged a young woman who lost her life with her mother on the 20th floor of g re nfell tower. her mother on the 20th floor of gre nfell tower. 0n her mother on the 20th floor of grenfell tower. on their behalf and
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all of the people that died, they urge the prime minister to say something more about the criminal investigation that was announced la st investigation that was announced last week. she has talked about the public enquiry but she understands that most people see this as a crime and they know that rich and powerful organisations get away with crime. the criminal investigation has been opened by the met police. the honourable gentleman invites me to comment on that in a variety of ways. this is an operational matter for the met police. it is for them to determine any point at which they have evidence which could lead to prosecutions or charges. we must let the met do theirjob. was cladding of the type used in grenfell tower compliant with the fire safety and building regulations applicable at the time when the refurbishment was
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undertaken? theresa may said the fire service and building research establishment was looking at the course of the fire and were testing the cladding and they expected to make the results public in the next couple of days. the communities secretary sergey —— savid javid said there needed to be a new approach in there needed to be a new approach in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. speaking in the continuing queen's speech debate savid javid said a change of attitude was needed. we all need to rethink our approach to social housing and reflect on the way successive governments have engaged with and respond to social te na nts. we engaged with and respond to social tenants. we don't yet know for sure whether this disaster could have been avoided if the people who called grenfell tower their home had been listened to. we know that for far too long their voices fell on
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deaf ears. if nothing else, let the legacy of grenfell be that such voices will never ever be ignored again. will he confirm now that since 2010 the government's record on building social homes is deplorable and has shown a 97% fall in social housing stocks? count them. there was a deplorable record on building social homes and that was the last labour government. we have a welsh labour government in wales committed to building 20,000 homes and is building social housing in cardiff as i speak. would he agree lessons need to be learnt from wales on the approach to fire safety and the measures were introduced that require sprinkler systems to be fitted in high—rise buildings and converted buildings? there are lessons to be learned from welsh labour. will he listen to them? when
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it comes to fire safety we should learn lessons from wherever we can, wales and elsewhere. the honourable gentleman will know that for building since 2007 there has been a requirement for sprinklers. john healey told savid javid there was still questions to be answered about the government response to the g re nfell tower the government response to the grenfell tower fire. he also needs to make clear which of the prime minister did not if remedial work is required in order to make these blocks safe and funding is required to do that, the government will provide that funding to make sure those buildings are made safe for their residents. we've made it clear to them in terms of making the testing availability free and we will pay for all of the tests and we've made it clear as the prime minister said today from the dispatch box that if there is a local authority that in terms of implementing any necessary changes needs the support and help that we will work without local to provide
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it. support and help and funding if they need it — is that what the secretary is saying to the house, yes or no? thank you. what we have made clear is exactly that. if there isa made clear is exactly that. if there is a local authority that needs support, including funding support, we will work with them to provide funding support. mr deputy speaker, lam funding support. mr deputy speaker, i am grateful for that. i think the house is grateful for that. finally, it has taken probably a dozen questions to him and the prime ministerand questions to him and the prime minister and the leader of the house during the day to get that statement but it is of course welcome. you're watching thursday in parliament with me, alicia mccarthy. the response to the string of recent terror attacks
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is to be examined by the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, david anderson. the recent attacks in london and manchester have claimed more than 30 lives. there was outrage after an attack on an ariana grande concert when thousands of youngsters were streaming out of the venue. the suicide bomber blew himself up when he detonated a device in the manchester arena. the home secretary amber rudd told mps mr anderson would review the government counterterrorism strategy to ensure the police and security services have the tools to keep people safe. we are entering a new phase of global terrorism and many other challenges are unprecedented. we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face. we must do more to defeat ideologies of hatred by turning people's minds away from violence and towards pluralistic british values. we must
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make sure that these ideologies are not able to flourish in the first place. we must do more to force companies to take down terror related content from their platforms. we must also do more to identify, challenge and stamp out the extremism that lurks in our communities. doing more means asking difficult questions about what has gone wrong. in light of the terrorist attacks in london and manchester britain's counterterrorism strategy will be reviewed to make sure the police and security services have what they need to keep us safe. in addition to this there will be a review of the handling of recent terror attacks to look at whether lessons can be learnt about our approach. i am pleased to announce david anderson, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, will oversee it. i noted the actions the government has taken in the home secretary's statement and largely on
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this side of the house we support them. we would warn against emphasis on more legislation rather than looking at the issue of resources. we will look at all legislative proposals that the government brings forward on their merits but we believe that the resources are at the heart of this rather than legislation. it is wanting to about specialist policing and security resources but we cannot overstate on this side of the house the importance of neighbourhood policing. is the neighbourhood engagement at all levels that builds the confidence in committees of the government and officialdom, and come
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forward with information that can help prevent further terrorist activity happening. we continue to say that since 2010, we have lost 20,000 in police numbers. during the election campaign, the prime ministers spoke about ripping up human rights to fight terrorism. will the home secretary confirmed that there is nothing in the human rights act or the european convention on human rights that would prevent us from taking a robust approach to terrorism, and that there is no plan to abandon the standards of the society. a point that amber rudd did not answer directly, sibley said that the government would provide the resources necessary to keep the country resources necessary to keep the cou ntry safe. resources necessary to keep the country safe. —— simply. theresa may is in brussels to talk about brexit. it is the first european summit since losing her commons majority in
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the general election. she will be setting out her plans to protect the rights of eu citizens in the uk and uk citizens living in eu countries. while the prime minister was engage in brexit negotiations, the house of lords was debating the applications of the queen's speech for international affairs. brexit was uppermost in many tears' minds as well. —— peers‘. uppermost in many tears' minds as well. -- peers'. what makes this such an exceptional time is that for perhaps only the second or third time ina perhaps only the second or third time in a couple of centuries, we find ourselves needing, as we come to brexit, to redefine our whole approach to foreign policy. and what our place should be in the world. trade deals, customs unions, single markets, financial passports... all are without use unless they are seen asa are without use unless they are seen as a means to serve individuals, communities, and our society. you
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reflected on recent events. over the past few weeks, it feels that we have been overwhelmed by events that have been overwhelmed by events that have tested our values with an almost unrelenting ferocity. —— he reflected. we a re almost unrelenting ferocity. —— he reflected. we are being tested not only in how we handle security, but also diversity, integration, social mobility, and inequality. the aftermath of the horrific fire at the grenfell tower in kensington has given us a particular need to reflect on how we respond. there is no doubt that the response from the emergency services and civic society has been and continues to be remarkable. communities have been revealed as effective. many, though, including the prime have recognised that the support from the state has been inadequate in its response to those urgently and desperately in need. such failure is ultimately a
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failure of values. —— including the prime minister, have recognised. 25, the speech says that ministers will ensure that the united kingdom's leading role on the world stage is maintained and enhanced as it leaves the european union. we are deluding ourselves. 0ur soft power is formidable, but is nothing, if it is not backed by hard power, as it has been for decades. it has been our military capability that has allowed successive foreign ministers and foreign secretaries for those decades to stride the world and punch above our weight. it no longer does. the implications for security are severe. we, and the united states, so we should be proud of this, have actually insured your's defence and security for 70 years. we are able no longer. and lord sterling, who vote of the brexit,
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took issue with the brexit wording. in the queen ‘s speech, the first sentence is my government's priority is to secure the best possible deal. -- queens beach. i think that is a shocking word to use in any aspect. —— speech. anybody who does a business deal knows that is not the word. if you really want to continue in friendship and in partnership, but we are emphasising all the time, you come to agreement. you do want to leave that table feeling... i could do struggle was, but somehow, i got my leg over, the best out of it, et cetera. you carry on on the basis that you want to do it again, you want to be together. another suggested that brexit might not happen at all. it is only a matter of time before the people themselves
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will see that the brexit emperor has no clothes. and given the option of a high brexit or a soft brexit, the opinion of the british people at that time will probably be, why not stay with what we have got? it is the best of both worlds. and as emmanuel macron has said, we would be welcome to stay in the eu, and there may well be no brexit, whatsoever. now, let's go back to the commons, where the class of 2017 continue to make their first official appearances in the house of commons. although mps are allowed to ask questions before making their first speech, they still need to make a maiden before they can fully ta ke make a maiden before they can fully take part in life at westminster. labour's new mp, and the dead code, is the member who represents the area of the groenefeld powerboat ——
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groenefeld tower block. —— emma coe. the kiss me never stop. i know this from the grief etched on faces. —— the grief. and the bird carcass of g re nfell tower, the grief. and the bird carcass of grenfell tower, as it towers over us. and the red cross of managing their relief programme in kensington. i've seen housing conditions that a shocking. home screen toxic black mould. homework donein screen toxic black mould. homework done in relays. chronic health problems, such as asthma, with children carted to hospital at night. malnutrition rife. a simple day—to—day organisation of being close, personal cleanliness, carried out in rotas, to carry out a
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semblance of normality. 25%, the poverty in kensington. tribute was paid to the members of the emergency services, especially those involved in dealing with the recent atrocities. the recent terror attacks have been an abhorrent and terrifying, but i notice that the —— but our emergency services have responded with courage and professionalism. they deserve praise ingratitude. so too with the awful events at gre nfell tower. ingratitude. so too with the awful events at grenfell tower. all increased deeply for the friends and family of those who lost their lives. and ijoin in thinking and praising the brave people from our emergency services who ran towards danger in london, once again. mr speaker, i danger in london, once again. mr speaker, lam danger in london, once again. mr speaker, i am of cypriot heritage. my parents came here from cyprus. english is not my first language. but we made a home in london. we were welcomed with tolerance and walls. and that is what allowed me
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to be here today, in parliament, giving my maiden speech, as a proud new mp for enfield southgate. this is the same welcome that everybody extends to people from other nations working and studying locally. i love our welcoming community that brings out the best in people. the new scottish conservative mp reflected on brexit. the challenge is an opportunity —— the challenges and opportunities will be of fundamental importance of the next few years. —— over these. i it will work tirelessly to ensure that we come out stronger than we are even now. -- i will out stronger than we are even now. —— i will continue to work tirelessly. to me, is an advantage of being at home. this is where i was born and grow. i did so in
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martin's brother. they few hundred yards from the birthplace of captain james cook. and i can think of a few that are ambassadors for a new global britain than a man who discovered half of the world. the cottage stands in the grounds of stuart park. — — cottage stands in the grounds of stuart park. —— cook. the grounds originally belonged to middlesbrough's first of may. he was a generation of industrialists. —— first mayor. — — a generation of industrialists. —— first mayor. —— he was of a generation. one figure who literally towers are as is the duke of wellington. he sits on horseback in massive bronze relief on top of the roundhill. and the iron duke never wanted to be patient with politicians. i think you would have agreed with this nation's are the greatest soldier turned statesman cove rts greatest soldier turned statesman coverts winston churchill, who as a
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young cavalry officer, and lived in the barracks before deploying to india. he famously said courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. it is also white it takes to sit down and listen. and on that note, mr speaker, down and listen. and on that note, mrspeaker, i down and listen. and on that note, mr speaker, i will resume oboes. time for me to go for a moment. but join us for the week in parliament, well we'll —— where we will look at the queen's speech and the challenges facing the parliament. —— resume my post. but for now, goodbye. well, it has certainly freshened up right across the uk. well, it has certainly freshened up the right across the uk. web will soon be a distant memory. the web will soon be a distant memory. here is another look at
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wednesday. 35 in the south—east, 31 in cardiff. at four hours later, in some areas, more than 80 degrees drop as these at atlantic conditions start setting in. —— 2a hours later. -- 810 start setting in. —— 2a hours later. —— 810 degrees drop. and as the chicken from one of our weather watchers in kent. the rest of the country was cloudy as this weather roldan. this area of low pressure, bringing fresh conditions in the range in the night will also be responsible for bringing some quite windy weather because of the weekend, particularfurther north. this is what it looks at about 4am or5am this is what it looks at about 4am or 5am across the uk. some rain in ireland, the north—west of england, and also rain into wales. but for many eastern central and southern areas, it is dry. the rush hour, some rain for belfast, glasgow, maybe even adam brook. nothing too heavy. maybe a little heavier across the lake district and lancashire.
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for most of wales, central and southern england, it is a dry journey to work with some sunshine and averages hovering around 15 or 16 degrees. —— edinburgh. very much what normally happens at this time of the year. that heatwave by now is well in chilly gone. it is out there towards the south of europe. for friday, we are expecting a changeable day in the north—west. dampen the morning. —— damp in. —— well and truly gone. in the south and he is, ifigure will be dry all day, with some sunshine coming going. spots of rain and that breeze coming off the atlantic, bring in fresh weather. many, mostly in the teens. londonjust fresh weather. many, mostly in the teens. london just about getting to about 23 degrees, maybe 21 in norwich. wind in the north, but on saturday and sunday, in fact up to gale —force saturday and sunday, in fact up to gale—force is the coastal areas. for many of us, it will be about 15— 18
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celsius. pressure weather for the weekend, and beyond that, rain at times. but not rained all the time. some sunshine will be on the way this weekend as well. goodbye. —— not rain all. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: 0n the frontlines in the fight for raqqa. we have a special report from syria with us—backed fighters battling to drive the so—called islamic state out of their last stronghold. as you can see, there is still sniperfire going on here. welcome to raqqa, capital of a caliphate under siege. and in iraq, islamic state fighters destroy a historic mosul mosque. the iraqi prime minister says it's a declaration of defeat by the militants. the us congress gets to see the new draft bill on healthcare
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