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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown live in warrington. in the next half hour, we'll find out which individuals and organisation — if any — will face criminal charges in relation to the hillsborough tragedy in which 96 football fans died. the families of those who died have waited 28 years, and have gone through two inquiries and two inquests, to reach this now they'll find out if anyone is to be held criminally to reach this point. now they'll find out if anyone is to be held criminally responsible for what happened. they're currently being told the decision privately; we'll bring you all the reaction throughout the day. hello i'mjoanna gosling — the other headlines here on bbc news. two—week old from the growing photo
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disaster. the families look for a nswe i’s. —— grenfell tower disaster. labour urges mps to back an amendment to the queen's speech calling on the government to recruit more police officers and firefighters — and to end the public sector pay cap. no more needles — a flu jab using a sticking plaster passes safety tests in its first human trial — experts say it could revolutionise how injections are given. a world—wide cyber attack continues to wreak havoc for a second day —
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france's biggest bank is its latest victim. two weeks on from the grenfell tower fire — more calls for answers — today the housing minister was confronted by survivors over accommodation. the families of those who died at hillsborough will find out later this morning whether anyone will face criminal charges. an inquest ruled last year that the 96 liverpool fans who died at the stadium in sheffield in 1989 were unlawfully killed. we are expecting announcement at half past 11. an inquestjudy last year said the funds had been unlawfully killed. —— fans. our north of england correspondent judith moritz reports. # walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart...# it was a moment of history, the inquest‘s finding last year that 96 liverpool fans were unlawfully killed at hillsborough. for theirfamilies, it was justice, but their legal
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journey did not end there. steve kelly lost his brother michael in the disaster. he's spent the 28 years since then calling for those responsible to be held accountable. there's got to be this accountability. it's paramount in this whole case to give the families respite and the survivors of hillsborough and you know, to truly let us put to rest the 96. it's got to. the fans were killed when the terraces at the sheffield ground became overcrowded during the 1989 fa cup semi—final. since 2012, there have been two criminal inquiries into hillsborough. operation resolve investigated the day of the disaster. it identified 15 key suspects. offences considered include gross negligence manslaughter. one of those waiting to hear whether he'll face charges is former chief superintendent david duckenfield, who was the south yorkshire police match commander.
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the police watchdog, the ipcc, investigated cover—up allegations, identifying eight key suspects. it considered offences including misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice. the former west yorkshire chief constable, sir norman bettison, has revealed that he's been treated as a suspect by the ipcc. it isn't known whether he will face charges. hundreds of investigators have been working from these offices for the last four years at a cost of £100 million. there is an expectation that charges will be brought after such a long wait and such large—scale effort. our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman is in central london. the significance is enormous because in the 28 years since the tragedy that has been no criminal prosecution by the state of any individual or organisation. there was a private prosecution of david
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dukinfield and 2000 but that was u nsuccessful. dukinfield and 2000 but that was unsuccessful. if there are criminal prosecutions announced this will be the first time that the criminal law is holding an individual or organisation to account up for what happened on that fateful day in 1989. i don't think the significance can be overstated. there have been two separate criminal investigations which are presented tens of thousands of evidence to the cps. what are some times quite difficult is the landscape of the laugh. —— of the law. we had the verdict of unlawful killing but that was not the criminal trial. the inquest is that it's job and the criminal justice system has kicked in and the crown prosecution service having had
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files are handed to them now has to go to the normal process and assess whether there is a realistic prospect of conviction against these individuals and these organisations. that is a process they have been through and today we will hear the results of whether they consider that our criminal charges that can be brought because a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to bring prosecution. a fascinating stage in this extraordinary and is tragic story today and of course they are considering some very serious charges such as glows negligence and manslaughter is one of the charges that they are considering. historically that has proved very difficult offence to prosecute successfully because it amounts to an individual has to be found to be owing a duty of care to add group of people at a breach that duty grossly. it is that the jury to decide what amounts to a gross breach. at one point it was
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described as something that is reprehensible, more than just a bad mistake. that is one thing that they will be looking at and waiting to see if that is the charge brought in gross negligence manslaughter. thank you, clive. we will be back with you a little bit later on. we have been talking to some of the families is the way end. one of the hillsborough campaigners who lost her sonjames in this disaster said it was a momentous day. joining me is our correspondent fiona trott. it is really hard to put into words what they are feeling as they sit there with the crown prosecution service and the police complaints commission because for 28 years they have said that all they wanted was accountability. they have already been through the pain of having lost relatives in such a horrific way. the pain of the fans at one point
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being blamed for the disaster and it does want to find out if anybody will be accountable for what happened, as margaret aspinall said a short while ago we want is accountability, nothing more nothing less. to separate criminal investigations have led us to this point with more than 20 suspects, individuals and organisations. two main criminal investigations. hundreds of officers working on those for the past five years. the first one, operation resolve looking at charges like gross negligence and they have identified 15 suspects with one david dukinfield who was in charge of that day, the match commander. the police complaints commission looking into allegations ofa commission looking into allegations of a cover—up following the disaster and they have identified a key suspects. they are looking at things such as misconduct in public office
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and perverting the course of public justice. the former west yorkshire police chief has revealed he is a suspect is valid that cases concern. the families of september with the ip cc and the crown prosecution service. —— the families are sitting with them. it is how in a neutral pa rt with them. it is how in a neutral part of cheshire. they are patiently sitting with them and explain in the charges to them. we will find out later ever have been any charges in two cases. we are expecting an announcement on what if any charges that are to be from the crown prosecution service at half past 11 so we prosecution service at half past 11 so we will bring that to you in a few minutes time. two weeks on from the grenfell tower fire, theresa may has called for a "major national investigation" into the use of potentially flammable cladding on high rise buildings. every one of the samples tested from 95 buildings across england have now failed safety tests.
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last night the government confirmed all school buildings over four storeys tall are having their external cladding analysed as well. this morning on victoria sharma the housing ministerfaced this morning on victoria sharma the housing minister faced angry clarification from residents. if you give me a house i'm not going to a cce pt if you give me a house i'm not going to accept it. i was happy in my house. i had a good house. i am to accept it. i was happy in my house. i had a good house. iam not going to accept it. no, we will come to europe, said. i promise. —— we will come to you, said. —— sid. he
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wa nts will come to you, said. —— sid. he wants good permanent accommodation. that is not too much to ask. can you promised that? yes, of course we will make sure everyone is in good quality accommodation. i will spend you precisely what is going on. right now we have a lot of people who are in hotels. what we have said is that we are doing these assessments. i will sit down with you straight after this and we will go through. anyone who is not getting any help you need i will sit down and not leave the i've spoken to every single person who need support right now. it has been nearly a week since the residents we re nearly a week since the residents were moved out owing to fire safety
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concerns. not everyone has moved out. what is the situation? we have some figuresjust out. what is the situation? we have some figures just than from camden council and they say that last night 150 flats in the estate where the council tried to evacuate them, 150 flats are still occupied which is down slightly on the previous night ‘s figure of 184. a slight improvement from the point of view of the council. a lot of people coming to the leisure centre in swiss cottage and coming for advice and try to work out whether they can get hotel room and whether there begins will be extended. we have spoken to some people in hotels and little distance from your pc they are ina little distance from your pc they are in a fairly good hotel and they are in a fairly good hotel and they are fairly happy. other people say actually the situation is chaotic. one woman who came here this morning is still living in herflat one woman who came here this morning is still living in her flat in the estate. she wants to move out. she has some health issues but she was given a booking reference for a
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hotel with the council and pitched up hotel with the council and pitched up on monday with two heavy suitcases and then the hotel said she didn't have a booking. the council say they have got the situation and organised and happy but other people are very stressed. labour is to force a vote on an amendment to the queen's speech — which sets out the government's plans — calling for an end to austerity in the emergency services. the party is also demanding that the 1% cap on public sector pay increases be scrapped. it's expected that the amendment will be defeated. norman smith is at westminster. the expectation is the government will win tonight but an important symbolic boards with all the arguments raging around is. particularly, say labour, in the
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g re nfell tower particularly, say labour, in the grenfell tower fire and the terrorist attacks which they say our ability to a steady. chris grayling, what is your position? carry on with austerity are just reined back? austerity is living within your means. it is not borrowing money to pass on to the next generation to pay off. labour today are arguing against the policies with some tough and difficult decisions. which have nonetheless protest the lowest unemployment since the 1970s and reckoned employment levels in our society. they have enabled us to protect jobs society. they have enabled us to protectjobs in society. they have enabled us to protect jobs in the society. they have enabled us to protectjobs in the public sector. that sounds like carry on austerity. it is the nation living within its means. it is not borrowing more and more money. the labour approach would cost jobs more money. the labour approach would costjobs and lead to higher unemployment and more borrowing. labour economics fantasy economics.
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does that mean it will be carry on with the public sector pay cap and the benefits freeze? we have been very clear and philip hammond has says we have to learn lessons from the general election. we will have a budget later this year and he will set out ongoing plans in the budget. it is not the time other place in the queen ‘s speech debate to set out plans for the economy. that is what the is for. are you still committed to getting rid of the deficit by 2025? if you are it means another seven years of austerity. philip hammond will set out exactly what our plans are in the budget would want to carry on bringing down the deficit. this is debt to pass to our children and that is not some magic solution. the labour party would have you believe this is some great tory philosophy of trying to do done public services. we actually spend more every year on the health service, we have been spending more
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money on key areas like security and counterterrorism police. they would have you believe that there are some magical solution that the tories are deliberately keeping with the nations. we're trying to keep unemployment low and business is growing. that is the option that you start to put up taxes. labour say you can start to put up taxes on the wealthy. today the wealthy are paying more of their share of taxation than when labour won in power. labour cause this economic mess in the first place. today 30% of income taxes paid by the 1% of ms and the labour argument can put extra taxes on business, i'm proud of the lowest unemployment is of the 19705 of the lowest unemployment is of the 1970s and i don't want to drive investment out of this country when we tried to provide a stable future after brexit. i wouldn't be
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surprised ifjeremy corbyn doesn't use prime minister's questions to flesh out some of the arguments labour want to make later on in the vote on hysterically. the families of the 96 liverpool fans who lost their lives in the 1989 hillsborough disaster will find out shortly if anybody is to be held responsible for what happened criminally. two weeks on from the grenfell tower fire the housing minister says that all those affected will be given accommodation within two weeks. labour urges mps to back an amendment to the queen's speech calling on the government to recruit more police officers and firefighters — and to end the public sector pay cap. the world number one and defending
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champion andy murray has been confirmed as the top seed for wimbledon. the seeding take into account recent grass—court form, with murray heading the "big four" in men's tennis, followed by novak djokovic, roger federer and rafael nadal. it is the first time since wimbledon 2014 that the four players have been named top seeds for a grand slam — and that keeps them apart until the semi—finals, of course. german angelique kerber is the top women's seed with britain'sjohanna konta sixth. after yesterday's virtual wash—out, play is underway at the eastbourne international. and novak djokovic is back on court — he resumed 1—love up against vasek pospisil in the first set — they're still warming up on centre court. eddie boothroyd has said he is certain there are players in his under 21 england team who will go into the senior squad. once again, england have lost the semi—final of a football tournament to germany on penalties. this time it was the under 21s
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european championship. england came from a goal down to take the lead through chelsea's tammy abraham. but the germans equalised and it went to penalties — abraham's was saved — and so was nathan redmond's — and they follow the fate of the senior teams in 1990 and 1996. we've been practising for weeks but in the end of the two players you would put odds on to score every time, the goalkeeper makes a great save so we'll have to take that. it's been a real team effort and i think we can be pleased with a lot of things we've done. and in the end we've lost on a penalty shootout and next time we need to be better for it. they are silly and jockey has been
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stood down after failing a drugs test. —— the australian jockey. us officials say they're determined to hold to account those behind a major cyber attack affecting computer systems around the world. banks, government departments and large companies have been hit. security researchers have now discovered what they call a "vaccine" to stop the attack from infecting a machine. banks have yet to find a way of preventing the ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers: it is spreading to people's computers but we do not know of people have paid the ransom have had
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their veils and accredited to the advice remains not to do that a few other person or company affected by this. security experts are still picking through the cord of this attack to see what it may have came from and who may be behind it but also to see whether it can be stopped. breaking news from warrington. we're hearing the crown prosecution service say that sex individuals will face criminal charges over the hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989 in which 96 liverpool fans lost their lives. —— six individuals. six individuals will face charges. the cps say that the former chief superintendent david dukinfield, the match commander on the day of the disaster in april 1989 will face a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.
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the cps have announced that former chief superintendent david dukinfield will be charged with manslaughter by gross negligence. and we're nearing the former chief co nsta ble and we're nearing the former chief constable sir norman bettinson faces four charges of misconduct in a public office relating to alleged lies that he told in the aftermath of the disaster. also graham mackerel, former sheffield wednesday clu b mackerel, former sheffield wednesday club secretary and peter metcalfe, a solicitor acting for south yorkshire police charged with perverting the course of justice police charged with perverting the course ofjustice relating to change at this agent and two other individuals charged. including donald denton, chief superintendent and another individual charged with perverting the course ofjustice.
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sue hemming is from the crown prosecution service. at the turn of the year the cps received the full files of evidence from operation resolve an independent police complaints in commission in relation to the hillsborough disaster and events that followed. the operation resolve files comprise 85,000 pages and the independent police complaints commission south yorkshire police file in addition to 30,000 pages. in addition there is estimated to be up to 1 million pages of unused material which needed to be assessed. operation resolve investigated the events of the 15th of april 1989 when 96 liverpool fans were tragically killed as a result of overcrowding. the referred to files in respect of 15 suspects. the independent police complaints commission in domesticated the aftermath.
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including the south yorkshire police. if anyone was guilty of a cover—up and if statements were altered. the investigative files relating to sex suspects. that is a father i pcc file into the conduct of the west midlands police which amounted to around 60,000 pages but additional investigative work was applied in respect of this. in a just this week the i pcc has referred to further suspect i'm committed to the matters set in january. they are subject to ongoing consider —— consideration by the cps and we will consider that in due course. the suspect affair but the cps included individuals and organisations. for only these investigations and according with the cord for crown prosecutors i
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have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences. these are summarised as follows. there is sufficient evidence to charge former police superintendent david duckenfield of the manslaughter by gross negligence and 95 men, women and children. he was the match commander on the day of the match commander on the day of the disaster. in order to prosecute this matter the crown prosecution service will need to apply to the high courtjudge to remove this they impose at the end of his 1999 private prosecution. this process will commence shortly. we are unable to charge the manslaughter of anthony bland, the notice next casualty who died almost four years later due to time limitations imposed by the law as it applied at the time. former chief constable norman bettinson is charged with four offences of misconduct in public office relating to alleged lies he told about his involvement
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with the aftermath of hillsborough and the culpability of the fans. game henry mackrell. is charged with two offences of contra binning a safety first epoch it —— contravening a safety certificate. he is charged with failing to take reasonable care of the health and safety of other persons who may have been affected by his acts and omissions under the health and safety at work act. he was the company secretary of sheffield wednesday football club and safety officer at the time. peter metcalfe is charged with doing acts to prevent the course of publicjustice relating to material changes in the witness statements. mr metcalfe was a solicitor acting for the south yorkshire police general taylor enquiry and the inquest. former chief superintendent donald denton
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and, chief inspector alan foster are charged with the same brands with their involvement in changes made to witness statements. the defendants under than witness statements. the defendants underthan —— witness statements. the defendants under than —— other than david duckenfield will appear at warrington matters is caught on the 9th of august. criminal proceedings have started and it is important that they get free trial. i have not authorise charges relating to other organisations or ——fair. individuals. the reasons for this have been published today. six individuals are being prosecuted over the disaster 28 years ago. the families are still being briefed in
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this building behind me on the nature of those charges. originally more than 20 individuals and organisations were being investigated by two separate criminal enquiries. the result now is that six individuals are being charged. former chief superintendent david duckenfield, the match commander on the day at hillsborough stadium will be charged by manslaughter by gross negligence and former chief constable sir norman bettison is facing four charges of misconduct in a public office. and this relates to lies he told in the aftermath of the disaster. now we're going to say goodbye to our viewers on bbc two. let's pick
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up our viewers on bbc two. let's pick up now and analyse in more detail exactly what the cps are saying about these criminal charges that will be brought against those six individuals. there whereas we were seeing two separate criminal investigations, operation resolve which looked the disaster itself and the major causes of the disaster and then the independent police complaints commission, a separate criminal investigation into the alleged cover—up after the disaster. those two separate enquiries are fed into the cps. more than 100,000 pages of evidence altogether more than 20 possible suspects being investigated. the cps now announcing that six individuals being charged. let's talk to our correspondent fiona trott who's with in warrington. it's obviously hugely significant
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for the families who have lost loved ones in this disaster. one of the relative said as earlier today they just wanted accountability after 28 yea rs, just wanted accountability after 28 years, nothing more, nothing less and they are being given details of that now. last year was a milestone because we heard that relatives were unlawfully killed. that was the result of the fresh inquest but today, with these charges, the families are being told by prosecutors, we believe that what happened that day was a criminal act, we believe that it was foreseeable, it was preventable and thatis foreseeable, it was preventable and that is why some of these charges have been brought to date to state sheep sector intendant david duckenfield manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children. former chief constable norman bettison facing four charges of misconduct in a public office relating to the alleged lies he told in the aftermath and the culpability
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of fans. you will remember he was pa rt of fans. you will remember he was part of the team that gathered evidence from officers into what happened that day. who else is facing charges? role, the former sheffield wednesday club secretary. he faces charges of breaching health and safety and 60 at sports legislation. he was the club safety officer, the one in charge of the safety certificate. peter metcalfe, a solicitor charged with perverting the course of justice a solicitor charged with perverting the course ofjustice relating to changes to witness statements. former chief superintendent david denton and former chief inspector and alan foster are also charged with perverting the course of justice. we are also hearing no organisation will face corporate charges. no one from the ambulance service will face charges and we are being told that all of the defendants are part from a david duckenfield will appear before magistrates on august the night. as we we re magistrates on august the night. as we were saying, feeding into this
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cps announcement has been these two separate criminal investigations operation resolve and the ipcc. yes, operation resolve and the ipcc. yes, operation resolve and the ipcc. yes, operation resolve looking at what happened on the day. the ipcc was looking at charges like misconduct in public office, how the police behaved in the aftermath of the events. the two criminal investigation is being carried out over the past five years, both of them amounting to about £100 million in costs, thousands of documents being reviewed as you touched on earlier, hundreds of police officers involved. this has been a very thorough investigation. thank you very much indeed, feel that shot, our correspondent with us. let's bring in our our legal correspondent clive coleman is in our in central london. let's look at david duckenfield first as he is charged with
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manslaughter by gross negligence. we we re manslaughter by gross negligence. we were discussing just before this announcement that that offence, what it requires the prosecution to prove is that effectively he owed a duty of care to the fans and that duty of ca re of care to the fans and that duty of care was breached. and that it was breached by gross negligence. how does the law define gross negligence? well, as i was saying earlier, it really is quite a high bar so it is not simply something thatis bar so it is not simply something that is a very bad mistake, it has two bb on that and it is interesting in the statement that we have from the crown prosecution service, what they say is "we say that david duckenfield's data discharges personal responsibility were extraordinarily bad and contributed substantially to the depths of each of those 96 people." the word extraordinarily gives you the sense that this is a high barfor this offence. more than just a bad mistake. in one of the cases on this
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particular offence is described as reprehensible behaviour but, of course, it will be up to the judge to direct thejury course, it will be up to the judge to direct the jury as to be standard that the prosecution have two meet in order to prove this offence. of course, we must of course make the point that this is at the moment a criminal charge. it is an allegation in the form of a criminal charge and david duckenfield will, of course, have every right to defend himself against that charge in due course. but what we do know is that before any prosecution, there is a sort of technical issue that the prosecution have to get over and that is that there is a stay on any prosecution on david duckenfield because there was a private prosecution of david duckenfield in 2000 which was u nsuccessful, duckenfield in 2000 which was unsuccessful, but following it, a stay... which is a legal word for a stop, something which stops further prosecution, so the crown prosecution service has said that they will be applying for a high courtjudge to lift the state in
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order that the case can proceed against david duckenfield. so that is the most serious of the charges. in addition to that, we have charges against former chief constable norman bettison, charged with four cou nts norman bettison, charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office. what is misconduct in a public office? that offence, the prosecution has to prove that a public officer, in this case a member of the police force, conducted themselves in such a way that it abused the public‘s trust in that it abused the public‘s trust in that particular officer, that is the essence of the charge of misconduct ina public essence of the charge of misconduct in a public office, so the allegation is that it relates to telling alleged lies about his involvement in the aftermath of hillsborough and the culpability of the fans. this cps say, given his role as new police officer, we will ask thejury to role as new police officer, we will ask the jury to find that this was misconduct of such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public‘s trust in the office holder will stop
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getting at that point ijust mentioned is that it has to be an abuse of the public‘s trust in that particular officeholder. then we have a range of other charges of misconduct, also a health and safety charge in relation to graham henry maxwell, excuse me, i am charge in relation to graham henry maxwell, excuse me, iam reading this quickly he was the company secretary and safety officer of sheffield wednesday who was charged in relation to health and safety at work and those offences relate to failure to carry out his duties as required as the safety officer. so, a range of charges coming in from those two separate criminal investigations. the one that looked at the events leading up to and on the day and the other, looking to this alleged cover—up of evidence following the tragedy itself. i think what we can say is that this
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isa think what we can say is that this is a massively significant date in this particular story. this is 28 yea rs this particular story. this is 28 years since the tragedy and this is the first time that any individual has been held to account under the criminal law. the inquest system is separate, it is an inquiry into who, though why, the wear and the howl of the death, but it is not an inquiry that holds people to account under criminal law or indeed under civil law. but where it does bike and the way these things do mesh together is that the findings do have a legal consequence. so those findings of unlawful killing mean that the police and the crown prosecution service are not under an obligation then to investigate and prosecute, but there is an expectation that they will do that. they have done that, the police have investigated, the ip cc have investigated and files have now passed to the crown prosecution service who have done theirjob in assessing the evidence
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in relation to individual offences and theirjob in relation to individual offences and their job is in relation to individual offences and theirjob is to find or to assess whether there is a realistic prospect of a conviction. that is sometimes referred to as a 51% chance, a better than 50% chance that a jury will convict on the evidence that the prosecution can present to the court. they have done that. they have also determined that prosecutions are in the public interest, no surprise there and these charges will now go forward. clive, interesting that we know that more than 20 suspects were being investigated by these two separate criminal enquiries, individuals and organisations, sober cps statement says no organisation that will face corporate charges, no one from the ambulance service will face charges, in other words, all the charges are, as you have been saying, against six individuals rather than any of the organisations that were also being investigated. yes, and i am yet to
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read the full detail of the statement, but the situation under the criminal while pre—2008 in particular was that it was very, very difficult to charge an organisation whether it be a company organisation whether it be a company ora organisation whether it be a company or a public body, with a criminal offence and the reason for that was that the test that the law set out was a very difficult one to meet. they've basically said you had to show that there was what was known asa show that there was what was known as a controlling mind of the company organisation that effectively, someone organisation that effectively, someone who embodies the operation of the company or organisation, who was also guilty of a criminal, the same criminal offence. that was a very high bar to meet under the old law. interestingly, in 2008, we have the creation of this offence of corporate manslaughter, something that we have heard discussed quite a lot in relation to the dreadful tragedy at granville tower, but that only existed from 2008, so it is not something that the prosecution
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service could have considered in relation to any organisation involved in middlesbrough tragedy because they had to apply, as always when they are looking back at historic allegations, they have to apply the law that applied at the time and the barfor bringing charges against an organisation was very, very high. i am waiting to read the full detail of that in the statement but it would not surprise me if that is the kind of thing that the crown prosecution service say in their statement. clive, thank you very much indeed. legal correspondence and in fact the crown prosecution service lawyers inside this building behind me as we speak talking to the families, particularly the two hillsborough campaign groups explaining the reasons for the charges they have brought and their decisions for not bringing charges against other potential suspect as well. for the families, it is another milestone on
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their blanc 28 yearjourney families, it is another milestone on their blanc 28 year journey since their blanc 28 year journey since the disaster for, as they would put it, accountability. two enquiries, two inquests. let's have another listen now to what we just heard from sue hemming of the crown prosecution service outlining the charges that are being brought against those six individuals relating to the hillsborough stadium disaster of 1989 in which 96 liverpool football fans lost their lives. there is sufficient evidence to charge a former superintendent david duckenfield with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children. mr duckenfield was the match commander on the day of the disaster. in order to prosecute this matter, the cps will need to apply toa high matter, the cps will need to apply to a high courtjudge to remove the state imposed at the end of the 1995 private prosecution. this process will commence shortly. we are unable to charge the manslaughter of
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anthony bland, the 96th casualty who died almost four years later. this is due to time limitations imposed by the law as it applies at the time. former chief constables norman bettison is charged with four offences of misconduct in public office. this relates to alleged lies he told about his involvement in the aftermath of hillsborough and the culpability of fans. graham mackrell is charged with two offences of contravening a term or condition of a safety certificate contrary to the safety of sports grounds act 1975. he is additionally charged with one offence of failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of other persons who may have been affected by his acts or omissions at work under the health and safety at work act 1974. mr graham mackrell was sheffield wednesday's club secretary and city officer at the time. peter metcalfe
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is charged with committing acts with a view to give perverting the course judgment. he was italy solicitor acting for the south yorkshire police during the taylor inquiry and first inquest. former chief superintendent donald denton and former detective chief inspector alan foster are charged with the same offence for a change statements. criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have a right to a fair trial. it is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. i have not authorised charges in relation to any other individuals or organisations. the reason for these decisions are set out in a written summary decisions are set out in a written summary that we have published
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today. so, that was sue hemming of the cps. as she was saying, all the defenders apart from david duckenfield will appear before magistrates here in warrington and that is on august the night. let's bring in my colleague and our correspondence fiona who has been following the husband story for many years. fiona, for the families, they have had such a long journey since 1989, 28 years. this is another milestone ruby for them, isn't it? having to hear about their relatives in such a horrific way... fresh inquest took a long time and a long fight to have those fresh inquests. hearing that they were u nlawfully inquests. hearing that they were unlawfully killed, their relatives that today. now of course, another very, very important step after almost 30 years. but, of course, the
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start of another long process we are hearing about most of the defendants are due to appear in court in august to face these charges but, of course, these trials will take a very long time. we are hearing from relatives here today who will say it doesn't matter about the time, we just wanted people to be accountable, nothing more, nothing less. fiona, for the moment, thank you very much indeed. as i was saying, the families are still being briefed in this building behind me by the cps. we will be talking to them later on, obviously we are limited for legal reasons and what we can say throughout the day but we will be getting their reaction to these charges from the cps against six named individuals, criminal charges in relation to the hillsborough stadium tragedy of 1989. that is it from warrington, back to the studio. much more on those charges coming up. we will bring you right up to date right now with our main headlines. in the last hour, as we
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have been hearing, it has been announced that six people including fourformer announced that six people including four former police officers have been charged with offences relating to the 1989 hillsborough disaster. among those is match commander david duckenfield who has been charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 of the 96 liverpool fans. two weeks on from the grenfell tamura disaster, the housing minister has been confronted by survivors over accommodation concerns. he said all those affected would be found more permanent homes which meet their needs. two weeks on from the grenfell tower fire, theresa may has called housing as has been publicly challenged by survivors for what they see as a failure to provide proper accommodation. on victoria derbyshire programme, he was
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consulted by... they have offered us high—rise towers and we have expressed that we are petrified, traumatised and so are petrified, traumatised and so are the kids because my oldest boy is aware of the situation, whenever he sees the building, he is aware that he is homeless and no longer there. they haven't offered us any suitable accommodation and considering the situation that we have been in. i can't really feel or think anything at the minute. every pa rt think anything at the minute. every part of your life is suspended. people who work can't work because you don't know whether you're going to be in the same hotel that night. you receive a call from the council saying, your hotel is booked, you go down to breakfast and the next morning they ask you what time you are in getting out. no one seems to know what is going on. we are co nsta ntly know what is going on. we are constantly expected to chase things, go here, formless, go here, do that. they can't get its engulfing right.
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they can't get its engulfing right. the only activity i have seen on the state this morning were gardeners and agriculturalists and painters. they are working on the cosmetics yet again. it was cosmetics that got us yet again. it was cosmetics that got us into this problem. these so—called government agencies are the ones coming in at 9am and plucking out of 5pm and we're the ones out of 3am disputing food and urgent aid when there is a complete breakdown. that is not correct. it is! we work all weekend. you have not been on the field speaking to be 100 plus survivors that i have been speaking to. you have not heard the traumatising stories that i have heard. you we ren't traumatising stories that i have heard. you weren't there when there was one person who coincidentally is in this room right now who was shipped off to a local hotel which was 15 stories tall after being pulled out of the burning tower. how pathetic was that response? you were not there. you were not there! years of work, i have had two psychologists calling me because of
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my label as a nurse. there are people out there who have not had anyone approached them and say, how are you doing? not what is the basis? you know what the basic is. you know the basic. so i am asking you respectfully to check your moral compass. check it and forget your label of mp. schumann! human first, yes. what is a human basic we need. then you will go forward and gain the respect and understanding of these people. applause i went to the harrow club last week together with my colleague and i met people who had been affected by this. and, you know, the bravery that people are showing in coming forward and the dignity is something that they are asking you to stop with that attitude, please. that they are asking you to stop with that attitude, pleaselj that they are asking you to stop with that attitude, please. i am not moving my child from here to here to
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here to here, i want permanent accommodation. if you don't give permanent accommodation, i'm not going to accept it and i'm notjust going to accept it and i'm notjust going to accept it and i'm notjust going to take any house you give me, it must be suitable. if you give me a house i don't want, i've not taking it. iwas a house i don't want, i've not taking it. i was happy in my house, i work hard, i had a good house. don't give me any rubbish because i would accept it. i'm not going to accept it. no, no, please, write... we will come to you, said, i promise. just a minute. he does not wa nt promise. just a minute. he does not want temporary accommodation, he was permanent accommodation. he was good, permanent accommodation. that is not too much to ask. can you promised him that. what we have said is... say yes or no. of course we will ensure that everyone is in good policy accommodation. if i may answer and policy accommodation. if i may answerandl policy accommodation. if i may answer and i will explain to you precisely what is going on. right now, we have a lot of people who are
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in hotels. what we have said is that we are doing these housing needs assessments with everyone and anyone who has not had that done, i will personally sit down with you straight after this and we will go through. anyone who is not getting the help they need, i will not leave here and! the help they need, i will not leave here and i have spoken to every single person who need support right now. and you can see that film, and many more, on the victoria derbyshire programme page. a much longer version of that interview. visit bbc.co.uk/victoria. today sees the first prime minister's question since the general election and the first test of the tory and dup deal with labour wanting and a memo to the queen's speech. jeremy corbyn once more spending on the police and fire services and an end to the 1% cap on
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public sector pay rises. norman smith is at westminster. tell us more about what you expect, norman. thank you very much indeed. well, i expect that the government will win tonight. why? because they have signed a deal with the dup and while the dup really want to say goodbye to £1 billion? almost certainly not. that said, it is an important symbolic moment when not only is it the first vote since the election in parliament, but also on this critical issue of austerity which many conservative mps contributed to the difficult election campaign, so far, no sign of any real give from the government on the issue of austerity although interestingly this morning, the defence secretary sir michael fallonjust this morning, the defence secretary sir michael fallon just gave a slight hint that maybe, maybe down the line, the government might be prepared to think again about the public sector pay cap. have a listen. that's. .. and that is obviously a huge question. it is
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partially a matter for at the review bodies but it is also, you know, involves a force cast of where inflation is going to be. i think we expect inflation to start falling back again from the autumn onwards which is something we have to consider not only for the army but across the private sector as a whole. i am nowjoined by the shadow cabinet memberjohn cricket. everyone is tired of austerity but we have a deficit of more than £50 billion. how do you pay for it if you end austerity? let's be clear, austerity is failing on its own terms. the more you cut, the more debt for the country seems to grow. we are now at 1.7 trillion and rights. our view is that you cannot cut your way into growth, you have to invest and we have made it clear that we would borrow to invest but not borrow to pay for day—to—day expenditure. by doing so, you will kick—start the economy again, create realjobs and kick—start the economy again, create real jobs and then kick—start the economy again, create realjobs and then you are into a
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virtual circle of going upwards rather than a declining circle as we are at the moment. this is a failed project. the election showed it was failing and mrs maybe the optical. in your motion tonight, you specifically referred to the recent terrorist attacks in manchester and london and is the grenfell tower fire tragedy. you saying austerity contributed to those? fire tragedy. you saying austerity contributed to those ?|j fire tragedy. you saying austerity contributed to those? i would not say there is a direct linear connection between them but when there are 20,000 less police office rs there are 20,000 less police officers than there were, 1000 less armed police officers and their work, i think the country was genuinely shocked. when they introduced austerity, they said they would cut waste and make things more efficient. i would quite like to cut waste but they haven't cut waste, they have copyright to the bone and beyond. and i think there is a connection to the state of the country and austerity were our services are now really quite in a bad way and think about the nhs. everybody has an experience now, it
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is in everybody has an experience now, it isina everybody has an experience now, it is in a difficult place. it wasn't the fire and police but it was our nurses, ward orderlies and everyone else in those tragedies and the truth is the police are exhausted and they are facing a very difficult situation. we need to do something quick to restore the morale of the police force. labour are not going to end austerity, are you? you are going to continue with the freeze of working age benefits. we are going to review the winner benefit systems work. if you think about it for a minute, where does most of the money going well for benefits? goes to landlords because there is a feeling housing market was up £20 billion goes to landlords, some of them tory mps by the way and another £20 billion because wages are so low. if you increase wages begin to tackle the housing crisis, naturally beginning to build the economy again, naturally be welfare benefit syste m again, naturally be welfare benefit system would fall and that would allow us to begin to redefine how the weather system and source security system works. that is all
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fine down the line but if you are on benefits at the moment, you have already had your benefits frozen for already had your benefits frozen for a year or two years, that is going to continue. that would continue under a labour government. we will review the way the benefit systems work. the first things to kick—start the economy and get it going again. too many people are still looking for well—paid jobs too many people are still looking for well— paid jobs and living too many people are still looking for well—paid jobs and living in poverty. 19 million people to fall into poverty according to the rowntree trust. it's very difficult. thank you very much for your time. we will hear more of this at prime minister's question is very shortly when i'm sure jeremy minister's question is very shortly when i'm surejeremy corbyn will talk about posterity. braking is about the co—operative bank which has agreed a rescued package to put it on has agreed a rescued package to put itona has agreed a rescued package to put it on a secure financial footing. it had actually been put up for sale in february but this deal has now been agreed which means it will be able to continue. prime minister's question coming up, but now the ladder. let's keep reminding ourselves that
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this weather is good for the gardens, given the gardens, good for the gardens! it has been very wet this morning. this band of rain moving its way forward. this is the latest radar picture and you can see the heaviest of the rain at the moment is across lincolnshire and up into yorkshire. we have had a lot of rainfall over the last 24 hours. this was a typical scene in lincolnshire but part of norfolk, suffolk, wiltshire recording between 60 and 90 millimetres of rain falling in the last 24 hours, that is more than the whole month's worth of rainfall falling so it has been very, very wet. low pressure has been the main reason for that. it is not moving very far as we go through the rest of this afternoon, it will continue to bring as these weather fronts spiralling around it, giving us that rain. so at 4pm this afternoon, it is still raining across parts of southwest england and across wales. in south—east england, it will dry out here and there could be the odd bright spell
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developing with temperatures around 19 degrees in london but further north, pretty cloudy, pretty wet and with a strong easterly wind making it feel quite chilly from the coast as well. in northern ireland and scotland, however, a dry afternoon expected and there will be some bright skies as well. but through this evening and tonight, this area of rain willjust pivot north and west words so it will push its way into scotland, into the isle of man and still continue in wales and the south—west of england but fairly strong winds in the north of england particularly the north—east and temperatures down to around 11 or 13. suffer thursday, scotland and northern ireland's turner to see the heavy rain. that rain will also continue in parts of northern england, wales and the south west. quite great year. a few showers in the south—east but here it should be drier and will be brighter spells. temperature is 18—20 but had further north and west, that rain will also continue in parts of northern england, wales and the south west. quite greedier. a few showers in the
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south—east but here it should be drier and will be brighter spells. temperatures 18—20 but had further north and west, that's bit cooler, 12 or 13 degrees. into friday, there's low—pressure system is still with us. the weather system still spiralling around it. it will gradually move its waste outwards and that means actually that's wettest weather will start to move southwards as well so it may be quite cloudy and wet for the day in northern and western areas but there will be some improvement as we go into afternoon. maximum temperature is here, 40—15 but still warm in the south—east with 18 or 19 celsius. for the weekend, drier and brighter, temperatures going up a little bit as well. a few showers whenever the emphasis is on a dry weekend. goodbye. he's this is bbc news — and these are the top stories developing at mid—day. six people, including fourformer south yorkshire police officers,
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have been charged with offences relating to the 1989 hillsborough disaster. among those is match commander david duckenfield, who has been charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 of the 96 liverpool football fans. the city of —— families have given their reaction. it is everything we could have asked for. two weeks on from the grenfell tower disaster the housing minister is confronted by survivors over accommodation concerns. a world—wide cyber attack continues to wreak havoc for a second day — france's biggest bank is its latest victim. theresa may is due to take a first prime minister's questions since she lost a majority in the general
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election. let's go live now to the house of commons where the first prime minister's questions since the election is getting underway. our assistant political editor norman smith is at westminster. norman, who was in before the expected to be about christianity. —— austerity. i think the bubbly watching the dynamics of these two leaders because of legal action to the last prime minister questions it was theresa may leaving to cheers from tory mps research was offering strong and stable leadership. no
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slam the reverse. —— now slightly reversed. the house will understand i cannot say further on matters subject to criminal prosecution. i had meetings this morning and will have further such meetings today.|j have further such meetings today.|j have had swastikas carved into posters and social media posters such as bug the wets. people putting labour party posters on my home and photographing them and vision through my letterbox and somebody even urinated through my office door. what can be done to stop this humiliation? it is putting good people of from serving in this place. my honourable friend is
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absolutely right to raise this issue and she was not the only person who experienced this sort of intimidation during the election campaign. particularly i'm sorry to say the sort of intimidation was experienced by female candidates through the election campaign. i believe that this sort of behaviour has no place in our democracy. i think she is right. i think it could put good people of serving in the size. we want more people to become engaged and want to stand for election to this house. i think particularly as i stand here and see the plaque that has been dedicated to the latejo cox we should all remember what she said there were far more united and have more in common with each other than the things that divide us. jeremy corbyn. i welcome the announcement
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by the crown prosecution service this morning that it will prosecute six people in relation to hillsborough. this prosecution and enquiry and this development only happened because of incredible work done by the hillsborough happened because of incredible work done by the hillsborouthustice campaign, andy burnham and steve rather and other colleagues around this house. —— rotherham. ithink rather and other colleagues around this house. —— rotherham. i think we should pick should be to all of those that spent a great deal of time trying to ensure there was justice for those that died at hillsborough. mr speaker, 79 people died in grenfell tower. our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died and those still unaccounted for and those who will live with the trauma of this horrific and utterly avoidable tragedy for the rest of their lives. last to the prime ministers said she expected to appoint a judge to cheer
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and enquiry within the next few days. we have not had any further news on this. can she no update the house and when an appointment will be made and what will be the timetable for the enquiry? my first was say i think we are all welcome the fact that after so many years of waiting the hillsborough families and those, there were different groups within hillsborough, also the hillsborough families who came together and the work was done by margaret aspinall and others has been absolutely it separately. —— explained privately. —— examplary. i welcome the fact that charging decisions have been taken. i would like to update the house on a number of aspects about the grenfell tower fire. our thoughts will continue to
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be with those who've been affected by it. as of this morning the cladding from 120 tower blocks across the country in 37 local authority areas had been tested and feel the combustibility test. given the hundred percent failure rate we are very the hundred percent failure rate we are very clear with local authorities and housing associations should not wait for test results, they should get on with the job of fire safety checks and they are doing that. this should take any action necessary and the government will support doing that. the trinity secretary has set up an independent expert advisory panel to advise and measures need to be taken which is meeting this week. 282 good quality temporary properties of been identified. 132 families have had their needs assessed and 65 office of temporary accommodation have already been made to families. the payment from the fund that has been
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made available, the discretionary fund, those payments continue and as of this morning nearly one and a quarter million pounds worth of payments have been paid and additionally we are giving an extra £1 million to the local consortia of charities, trusts and foundations which have been doing such important work. an issue of the public inquiry ido work. an issue of the public inquiry i do expect us to be able to name a judge soon as the right honourable gentleman will know the processes that the lord chiefjustice recommends the name of a judge. but what to do is ensure that as the process goes forward for that enquiry the survivors, the families concerned to have involvement with that and it is that work we are currently doing. jeremy corbyn. i think the premise before that answer but hope she is able to stick to a promise of everyone being rehoused within three weeks because at the moment it does not look like anything like that target will be achieved. i hope she understands the
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others many people have living in tower blocks at the present time all around the country. in 2004june all party fire and safety group wrote to warn that today's buildings have a much higher content of readily available combustible material. there have been contradictory m essa 9 es there have been contradictory messages from the government. can she give a cat girl got answer that is cladding with the combustible co re is cladding with the combustible core such as polyethylene legal on high—rise buildings and was the cladding of grenfell tower legal? ayes categorical answer. —— categorical. -- categorical. my understanding is that this particular cladding was not compliant with the building regulations. this ridges wider issues as the host will issue. it is important that we are careful in how
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we talk about this. there is a criminal investigation taking place and it is important we allow the police to do that investigation and ta ke police to do that investigation and take the decisions that need to take. but there is a much wider issue here. as we have seen from the number of buildings where the cladding has failed the combustibility test, from those samples that had been sent in an already from local authorities and housing associations, this is a much wider issue and is an issue that has been continuing for many years, for decades in terms of cladding been put up in buildings. there are real questions as to how this has happened and why it has happened and how we can ensure it does not happen in the future. that is why in addition to the enquiry that is to identify the specific issues for g re nfell tower, identify the specific issues for grenfell tower, what happened in relation to grenfell tower who was responsible, we will also need to look much more widely at white is
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that over decades under different governments, and and different councils, material has been put up on these tower blocks that is noncompliant with the building regulations. there is a very wide issue here and we need to make sure we get to the bottom of it and that's what we're going to do. jeremy cobham. last -- jeremy corbyn. last thursday she said she would make the results of the testing public within 48 hours. i'm not sure she's done that with a statement today. as of yesterday and the prime minister has confirmed this 120 high—rise blocks across britain have hard hats fire safety tests a nd britain have hard hats fire safety tests and field. what timetable has to prime ministers set for such test to prime ministers set for such test to be completed including on schools and hospitals in every part of the country and what plans does she have it to compel the testing of high—rise buildings such as private
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sector of this blogs and hotels which may also have combustible cladding material on them? what i said last week in the statement was that my understanding was that the police would make a statement about theissue police would make a statement about the issue of the cladding material within 48 hours and police then did make a statement about the position. in relation to the test my message isa in relation to the test my message is a simple one. as i said in my a nswer to is a simple one. as i said in my answer to his first question, what we're saying to people as this is not a question of waiting for the tests. don't wait until you have a sample in and you know what the result of the testers. so far 100% of the samples that have come and have proved to be combustible. so work on the assumption that she should be doing the fire safety checks now. that is what written people now. when all parts of the private sector are also doing their work in terms of fire safety checks but my response to all those who
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have buildings that are covered by this is do the fire safety checks with the fire service and take any measures necessary to ensure fire safety a nd measures necessary to ensure fire safety and the government will support you in doing that. since 2010 all a third of new schools have had sprinkler systems installed is sole parents are rightly concerned about the safety for the children. in 2013 the lakenal house, as letter suggested that the retrofitting of sprinklers. two years later inside housing reported only 1% of council tower blocks of sprinklers vetted. can the prime minister let us know what the government actually dead to encourage the retrofitting during the last four years? the government —— the government dead. ——did. the
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dead actor matt recommendation from a corner. if you look at what has happened and the identification of issues and a number of tower blocks of far there are various issues that lead to concern about fire safety. if you look at what has happened in camden for example where one of the five blogs was considered to be habitable but for the five blogs would not consider to be habitable but was notjust because the cladding, it was because of other issues in relation to the gas riser, for example. all of these issues raised wider questions. they raise wider questions about the inspections that have taken place and about residents complaints and residents voice is not being heard. that is an issue raised grenfell tower and also the issue raised in camden. this a much wider question, a terrible tragedy to place and people lost their lives should never have lost their lives. we need to look at what has happened over
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decades in this country that has led to this position and that is exactly what we will do. jeremy corbyn. there have been to coroners reports and building regulations not been overhauled and passed local authorities have been asked to act upon them they have had their budgets cut by 40% over the same period. and passed local authorities have been asked to act upon them they've had their budgets cut by 40% over the same period. under her predecessor, fire safety audits and inspections were cut by a quarter and five authority budgets record by and five authority budgets record by a quarter. —— work at. going to give issues the house and a further 20% cuts to the fire service planned by 2020 will now be halted? —— reassurance. i think he is somewhat miss part of the point in reference toa building miss part of the point in reference to a building regulations which is not just the to a building regulations which is notjust the questions of to a building regulations which is not just the questions of what laws you have that house doors are being
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applied. we have the building regulations about compliant materials. —— of these laws are being applied. we have seen material is being put up that appear not to comply with those building regulations. and he talks about this. that is what we need to get to the baltimore. why isn't there a fire inspections local authority inspections appear to have missed this essential issue? i think i can help the premise that with this issue. when you cut local authorities managed by 40% you end up authorities managed by 40% you end up with fewer building control inspectors. order. for somebody to
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be sitting right by the speaker 's chairand be sitting right by the speaker 's chair and shouting displays let's say and that —— a lack of wisdom which should not be repeated. every member in this chamber must and will be heard however long the session has to run. jeremy corbyn.|j be heard however long the session has to run. jeremy corbyn. i was simply making the point that when you cut local authority budgets by 40% we all pay a price in public safety. fewer inspectors and fewer building control inspectors and fewer planning inspectors, we all pay a price. and, fewer planning inspectors, we all paya price. and, mr speaker, fewer planning inspectors, we all pay a price. and, mr speaker, those customer fire service of men there are 11,000 fewer firefighters, the public sector pay cap is hitting recruitment and retention right across the public sector. what the
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tragedy of grenfell tower has exposed is the disastrous effect of its territory. —— austerity. this disregard for working—class communities, the ten o'clock consequences of deregulation and cutting corners. i prime minister to come up with the resources needed to test and remove cladding, retrofit sprinklers, properly fund the fire service and the police so that all our communities can truly feel safe in their own homes. mr speaker, this disaster must be a wake—up call. in their own homes. mr speaker, this disaster must be a wake-up call. the cladding of tower blocks did not start under this government. it did
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not start under the previous coalition government. the cladding of tower blocks began and the tony blair government. —— under. the right honourable gentleman talks about local authority resources and talks about changes to the regulation. in 2005 it was a labour government that introduced the regulatory reform fire safety order which changed the requirements to inspect a building of fire safety from the local fire authority which was usually the fire brigade to a responsible person. the legislation government fire safety in tower blocks which was commented on by the lakenal highest report criticised that 2005 order which had been put
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in place by that order. the prime minister 's answer must be heard. laws which took place in 2006 ended the practice of routine fire inspections, passing the responsibility to councils. i say to him that this should be an issue that across the size we recognise is a matter that has been developing over decades and is a matter that has occurred under governments of both colours and under councils of all political persuasions and is something which i would hope we would say we should come together and insurer —— and ensure that we get the answers of why this is happened over many years. what has gone wrong and how we stop it from happening again in future.
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understandably on this most solemn of matters the front bench exchanges have ta ken place. of matters the front bench exchanges have taken place. mr william bragg. can my right honourable friend confirm that any transitional arrangements will be for a time limited period and any suggestion of deadlines on this this is cool would impinge on the decision of the people of this country to leave the eu? for very practical reasons when we know what the future relationship with the eu will be we may need implementation periods and they made that clearer and article 50 letter.
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to ensure the practical rituals could be put in place that new relationship. i'm very clear this does not mean an unlimited transitional phase. we're going to leave the european union. that is what people wanted and that is what we will deliver. ian blackford. can i welcome the announcement of the prosecutions on hillsborough and congratulate the families involved the many years of campaigning. the scottish secretary insisted that scotla nd scottish secretary insisted that scotland would see increased funding if the dup secured money for northern ireland as part of a confidence and supply deal. the court was i am not going to agree to anything that could be construed as back door funding to northern ireland. that the prime minister receive any representations from scottish secretary about the dup deal either before or after it was signed? of course when we look at
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what has happened in terms of funding for the rest of the united kingdom, in the autumn statement of item offered the chancellor set aside and infrastructure fund of £22 billion. we're putting more money into nhs, more money into schools. of course it is an impact on scotland. £800 million extra spending is going to scotland. as a result of the budget of 350 million extra is going to scotland. i don't remember when that money was announced for scotland. the honourable gentleman complaining that more money should be going to northern ireland. then he is a nationalist and not humans. —— not a unionist. the prime minister 's failure to give a straight answer to that question speaks volumes. let's
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hear the fellow. mr ian blackford. thank you mr speaker. the prime ministers failure to give a straight a nswer ministers failure to give a straight answer that question speaks volumes and has only succeeded in piling more pressure on the scottish secretary whose position now looks more insecure with every day that passes. the honourable gentleman 's question, and i think he is reaching this revelation must be heard. question, and i think he is reaching this revelation must be heardlj this revelation must be heard.” will give the prime minister one more opportunity. did she receive any representations about the dup dealfrom the any representations about the dup deal from the secular state for scotland, yes or no? i can assure the honourable gentleman that i regularly receive representations from the secretary of state for scotland about matters pertaining to
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scotla nd scotland about matters pertaining to scotland including representations point out that of the scottish title is actually had the edge of scotland that —— at heart they would want to remain part of the united kingdom. there is an overtime ban and strike action looming in lewes. that spirit prime minister agree that they need to stop the strike and get back on the table? southern rail passengers have been experiencing absolutely u na cce pta ble have been experiencing absolutely unacceptable delays and disruption to their servers. an expert report has found the main cause of widespread destruction was union action. i the sake of badgers get round the passengers and resolve this dispute. can i thank the prime minister for coming this dispute. can i thank the prime ministerfor coming to my
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constituency of wrexham during the general election? and for making a widely welcomed u—turn on the dementia tax. can i invite the prime minister back to wrexham to make another announcement reversing her appalling cuts to police budgets which my constituents want to see the back of? we are protecting police budgets. yes. we are protecting police budgets and we are of course making reforms to policing. that's why i introduced the national crime agency to deal with serious crime that relates to crime mysteries. that is why we have put money into new national cyber crime unit to make sure police can deal with the new source of crime they have to deal with. yes, we're reforming policing the key to this
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is not about the number of police on the streets. it is about what happens to crime and crime has fallen to a record low. richard graham. mr speaker, the grenfell tower tragedy shops are many of us because we all believe there is much that should never have happened but acclaim as the opposition front bench dead ahead of any enquiry that quote residents were murdered by politicians as protest way inappropriate so would my right honourable friend confirm that our government will get on with rebuilding lives and homes and progressing political enquiries with urgency and above all nonpartisan calm. i think you raise is a very important point. what all of those affected by grenfell important point. what all of those affected by g re nfell tower deserved is an enquiry that gets to the truth and provides them with the truth and with knowing who was responsible. we need to do that in a careful, calm
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and determined way. we also need to use that same calm determination to ensure we get to the bottom of this wider issue of why it is the materials have been used in tower blocks which appear to be noncompliant with the regulations. we will not get to the truth by pointing to fingers but we will buy calm determination. regarding the deal she has done with the dup, is a true that in the one hand as she is shelling out this extra money to secure the support whilst on the other hand she is still giving them taxpayers cash in a form of short money to be in opposition? double bubble for her friends in the dup. and none for the nurses. let's be clear about what the government has donein
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clear about what the government has done in the agreement with the democratic unionist party. there was no part that had a majority in this house. —— party. the party that had the largest number of seats and the only party that can form an effective government of the conservative party. that is the right thing to do that is what we done. charlie elphick. does the prime ministers share my concern that last year 50,000 people stopped at the controls at calais. this underlying we should keep those controls in place but should consider the case for investing more in state—of—the—art technology and more border officers to win the war against people traffickers and keep our borders safe and secure?” against people traffickers and keep our borders safe and secure? i have to say to my honourable friend that
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our borderforce officers to say to my honourable friend that our border force officers are doing an excellent job our border force officers are doing an excellentjob at the juxtapose controls and what they do in his constituency. and particularly the work they're doing to stop illegal immigrants and the human traffickers. they have indeed been investing in system capabilities, and an8 investing in system capabilities, and an 8 million has been invested in the last two years in new technology and a further £71 million is earmarked for that at this current financial year. but of course there are particular pressures and over. that is why we also invested more money in maintaining security there and ensuring that calais camp remains closed. we are making efforts u pstrea m closed. we are making efforts upstream as well to ensure that the reduced the number of people that are trying to get the united kingdom are trying to get the united kingdom illegally and they are now putting extra focus on the central mediterranean route, as i announced last week an extra £75 million is going to humanitarian support there. i know the prime minister is well aware of the misery and suffering
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caused by a reckless gambling. following her own recent experience, will she now legislate against fixed betting terminals which of course much suffering across our communities? a conversation took place relating to that particular issue which the department for culture, media and sport are considering and will announce a response to that in due course. in fareham, 63% response to that in due course. in fa reham, 63% of response to that in due course. in fareham, 63% of voters chose the conservatives, giving us a record... a share of the vote is not seen since 1935. will my right honourable friend join me in reminding the chamber that this side won the election and the other side lost? join me in thanking... cheering join
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me in thanking the good people of fareham and me in thanking the good people of fa reham and reassure me in thanking the good people of fareham and reassure them that she is the best person to deliver a prosperity lead and brexit?” is the best person to deliver a prosperity lead and brexit? i thank my honourable friend. i am very happy tojoin my honourable friend. i am very happy to join her my honourable friend. i am very happy tojoin her in my honourable friend. i am very happy to join her in thanking the good people of fareham for re—electing a first—class member of parliament is to this hours. and she is absolutely right, of course. it was the conservative party that got the highest percentage share of old in the selection. the conservative party that got the most seats, 56 more seats than the labour party. the conservative party got more votes a nd the conservative party got more votes and that's why we are an effective government. thank you, mr speaker. will the prime minister confirmed that last week, britain's for most senior police officers, the commissioner of the met, the heads of counterterrorism, the national crime agency and the police chiefs council all wrote to the government
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saying that counterterrorism policing and security grant is being cut by 7.2%? doesn't this show, contrary to what she just told my honourable friend the member for wrexham, that her promise to collect police budgets is not being kept? know, as i said earlier, we have protected counterterrorism policing. we have put money in, we have also put money into an uplift for an uplift in arms policing. and the commissioner of the metropolitan police has made the point that the metropolitan police are well resourced and has a wide, diversity of tools that they can use in countering terrorism. that is the point, it's not just countering terrorism. that is the point, it's notjust about the funding, it's about ensuring they have the powers they need to deal with the terrorists and that is what we are determined to ensure. mr speaker, as a memberfor aldershot,
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hold the british army, i was deeply alarmed security reported announcements made by the leader of the opposition at glastonbury festival that he, if in power, would abandon trident and utterly undermine the security and safety of our country. would my right honourable friend the prime minister agree with me that it is only her government and the conservative party that can provide the safety and security our great country needs? can i first of all welcome my honourable friend to his place in this house? i am sure he is going to be, as was his predecessor, a fine representative of the people of aldershot. can i join representative of the people of aldershot. can ijoin with him in saying that i think people were shocked to hear that in public the reader of the opposition appeared to support trident but in private said he wanted to scrap it. it's only... only the conservative party... only
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the conservative party that is clear about retaining our nuclear deterrent and in the case of the leader of the opposition, it appears he says one thing to the many and another thing to the few. booing thank you, mr speaker. after being fairly defeated by my honourable friend the member for preston fairly defeated by my honourable friend the memberfor preston north perthshire, this government has nevertheless seen fit to give the unelected iain duncan a bridge and a job in the scotland office. instead of this affront to democracy, does she not think she should stop treating the coral scottish people with contempt and do the right thing and give the scottish government a seat at the brexit table? we have throughout the time that we have had so throughout the time that we have had so far in relation to the brexit issue been working with and talking with the scottish government and, indeed, other devolved
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administrations and we will continue to do that. and i hope and trust that the nature of the honourable gentleman's question means that from now on the scottish nationalists will be focused on issues that matter is scotland's other than independence. thank you, mr speaker. is the prime minister aware of the current crisis in venezuela and is this an example of how an experiment in socialist revolution can go horribly wrong? yes. i have to say to my honourable friend that i think he's made an extremely important point and he's made an extremely important pointandi he's made an extremely important point and i hope the leader of the opposition has heard what he's had to say. indeed, i have to say sometimes when we are talking about trade gales in the future, i think the leader of the opposition and the shadow chancellor think the only good trade gales with venezuela, cuba and north korea. thank you, mr
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speaker. the brave men and women in our emergency services have consistently put the safety of others first. especially in response to the terrible events we have seen in recent months. we all pay tribute to their professionalism. that's why i believe it's important that we give them all the resources they need to do their vitaljob. in scotland, it's outrageous that police and fire services are required to pay vat. these are our front—line services, £35 million... order, order! mr cleverly... order! you are usually the embodiment of calm, reports and potential statement said. take some sort of tablets, man! she must be heard. thank you again, mr speaker. i will repeat that. it's outrageous that
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our fire service are forced to pay vat and this has cost the front—line services £35 million last year alone. now that the prime minister has found the magic money tree, will she stand the vat exemption... we have got the gist of it. prime minister. when the scottish government made the decision to merge scottish police forces in physicalforce, merge scottish police forces in physical force, police scotland, they were told that this would lead to vat being paid by police scotland. they were advised that this was the position and they chose to go ahead with the merger. thank you very much, mr speaker. today is the festival saint's day of saint all bones and his pilgrimage. can i ask what more could be done to protect all persons of faith who are being prosecuted for their faith protect all persons of faith who are
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being prosecuted for theirfaith —— persecuted for their faith, particularly students suffering large amounts of anti—semitism?” particularly students suffering large amounts of anti-semitism? i am happy to recognise and oldham and's day as my right honourable friend has said, and she is absolutely right, it is important. sometimes we talk a lot about people who are being persecuted for their faith talk a lot about people who are being persecuted for theirfaith in countries abroad. actually, we need to be very clear that sadly, we do see people here suffering attacks particularly of anti—semitism on campuses. this dst do a lot of work with students to support. i am happy that the government is supporting them. we are also supporting muslim communities who are suffering from islamophobia. there is no place for such hate in our society and we must all work to step it out. thank you, mr speaker. the current prime minister recently visited my constituency. apart from being asked about the precarious situation facing both dewsbury district hospital and huddersfield royal infirmary, she stated, and i quote, that people were scaremongering. can
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she therefore use this opportunity today to reassure my constituents that all services will be retained at both hospitals including a full amd provision? lenglet the honourable lady knows i was asked about dewsbury accident and emergency and i can confirm that it is not closing. the service will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. the majority of patients will see no change to their service. thank you, mr speaker. they repeated claim that spending ever—increasing amounts of money on overseas aid keeps this country safe has been shown by recent events to be at her nonsense. can i tell the prime minister that spending more and more money on overseas aid each year does not make us look compassionate to be public, it makes us look idiotic to the public where that money is much neededin the public where that money is much needed in the united kingdom. so can
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she... can she promised to slash the overseas aid budget, spend the priorities in the uk. i hope she doesn't have a strange political aversion to pursuing any policies that might be popular with the public. well, i can assure my honourable friend that i don't have that aversion but on this issue, i do takea that aversion but on this issue, i do take a different view. i think it is important that given the position that we hold, given the state of our economy as one of the largest economies in the world, that we are actually recognised that we can help those around the world. we are seeing millions of people particularly girls being educated as a result of the action that we are taking. ithink a result of the action that we are taking. i think that is important and it is important. i recognise what my honourable friend has said, that we have suffered from terrible terrorist attacks here in the united kingdom. our services have also foiled a number of terrorist attacks in recent months. and going back into recent years, too. but i think
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it is important that we are able to use ouraid it is important that we are able to use our aid money to help to ensure good governance in countries so that we don't see the creation of spaces where the terrorists are able to train. i must thank the primers and most of the cabinet for visiting ealing during the election because my majority went up 50 times. 53,000 eu nationals reside in the london borough of ealing and they would now like some clarity on this fair and generous offer of how much extra there are settled status applications are going to cost them and why it is that they are not going to be able to vote in local elections as now? i have to say to the honourable lady, i am grateful she has described it as a fair and generous offer. i think indeed it is afairand generous offer. i think indeed it is a fair and generous offer for people to ensure that they are able to stay here in the united kingdom and that they will have writes here in the united kingdom just as uk citizens have. a significant number of
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charities, including those looking after the most vulnerable disabled people in our society, are in fear of imminent closure due to the application of the national living wage to sleeping shifts and hmrc‘s insistence of the six—year's backpay despite the decision be made only last year. with the prime minister ask hmrc to suspend any actions until we can find a workable solution? my honourable friend has raised a very important issue and i know it is one he cares about particularly. of course, it is to the national living ways that we are making sure pay is there in all sectors including in social care, but on this specific point he has raised, the department of health and other relevant departments are looking at this issue very carefully because they want to ensure that enforcement protect low—paid workers inafairand enforcement protect low—paid workers in a fair and proportionate manner. we have invested more money in social care as he will know, £2
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billion extra went in in the budget, and we need to look at this issue on and we need to look at this issue on a longer term business but i assure him that departments are looking at the specific issues he has raised very carefully. does the prime minister think, like her brexit secretary, that it will be simple to deliver a free—trade deal with the european union? the brexit secretary andi european union? the brexit secretary and i have both said over the last few months that we do think that it copperhead is a trade agreement is not just possible but copperhead is a trade agreement is notjust possible but is... will be easier than other third—party countries, third countries negotiating trade deals precisely because at the moment we are operating on the same basis as other countries within the european union and is therefore we are not negotiating in the same position as, say, canada and other countries outside the european union. so, yes, i think we can achieve that copperhead is a free—trade agreement and it will be good for the united kingdom and given the european union. mr speaker, with the prime minister agree with me that an opposition leader who claims to be
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all things to all men, saying one thing to remain voters in london and quite the opposite to leave voter in constituencies like mine is actually no kind of leader at all and perhaps that might be why the voters in my constituency rejected his leadership in the recent election? well, i would first of like to welcome my honourable friend to his place this house. i was very pleased to visit his constituency during the election campaign and he is absolutely right. what people want to know is what the position of the parties is on this question of brexit. we are very clear that the country, what we want to see now, is the country coming together because we want to deliver on the will of the british people which was that we should leave the european union and that is precisely what this government will do. mr speaker, may i begged the prime minister at this crucial time in our country's history to listen to the many friends that we have in europe and in the rest of the world who
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fear that we are sleepwalking zombie—like to a disastrous deal with europe? they have no confidence in the three ministers in charge of the deal and, believe that our country is going to be deeply damaged both in terms of our economy and our role in the world if we do not get our act together.” and our role in the world if we do not get our act together. i have to say to the honourable gentleman that the brexit negotiations have now started formally. the formal negotiations have now started. there was a very negotiations have now started. there was a very constructive and positive start in those negotiations with my right honourable friend the secretary of state for axing the eu and the commission's appointed negotiator. we have set up three working groups dealing with key issues initially including citizen's rights. i am issues initially including citizen's rights. iam pleased issues initially including citizen's rights. i am pleased about that and we have also started a dialogue on theissue we have also started a dialogue on the issue between the border between northern ireland and ireland and that relationship which is important for northern ireland but also for the hall of the united kingdom. we have published that night we have
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set out our objectives, published our white papers, we will be bringing the repeal bill before this house. we know that plan we've got, as the party that doesn't know what is planned for brexit is is his party. thank you, mr speaker. the prime minister was crystal clear on monday that reciprocal agreements received on citizenship should include the people of gibraltar. on tuesday, the spanish foreign minister stopped yet again to suggest that spain should have a unilateral veto on this. will she make it quite clear that this is posturing is pointless and counter—productive and our commitment to gibraltar is absolute and perhaps sent him a hearing aid? i thank my honourable friend for raising that issue. this government's commitment to gibraltar has not changed and it will remain. thank you, mr speaker. suicide rates in northern ireland and particularly in my constituency and issues of severe mental health are some of the
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worst in europe and indeed the developed world. clinicians and others have pointed to the legacy of 30 years of terrorism and violence and the full effects of that. part of the money that we have we are investing this week goes to mental health care. extra investment in the health care. extra investment in the health service. isn't it time that people recognised that this is delivery for all of the people of northern ireland across all sectors of the community and it is going to help some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in northern ireland? and people should get behind it and welcome it. well, my right honourable friend makes a very important point on this. it is the case, as we said in the agreement, that we recognise the particular circumstances of northern ireland that have arisen as a result of northern ireland's history and as he says, there will be mental health issues that arise as a result of that. and i think it is important that. and i think it is important that like it's important we put more
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into mental health generally across united kingdom which we are doing and yesterday i visited a school in bristol to see some of the first training that is taking place of teachers in schools to help them to identify mental health issues among young people and be able to deal with those, but as he says, that money is for the good of all people in northern ireland across of communities. thank you, mr speaker. i wonder if the prime minister has had an opportunity to see the british attitude's survey today which stated that 75% of british people wanted to leave the eu, up 20% from last time? she will of course know that more than 80% of the british electorate voted for parties that want to leave the eu. she also will know from her extensive canvassing, and i know personally, that thousands and thousands of people tell me the referendum decided the issue, just get on and leave the eu. would she assure the house that she will make
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that her priority? well, my honourable friend is absolutely right. what i have seen across the whole of this country is a real unity of purpose and people regardless, for most people, regardless, for most people, regardless of how they voted in the referendum. their view is the decision has been taken, just deliver it, and that is what this government will do. finally, rachel reeves. thank you, mr speaker. with 9 million people in our country will only all or most of the time and loneliness is bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, will the prime ministerjoin with the honourable member for south whipple and myself in encouraging members from across the house to attend the jo cox loneliness commission event in speaker's jo cox loneliness commission event in spea ker‘s house jo cox loneliness commission event in speaker's house immediately after prime minister's questions today to find out what all of us can do in our communities to tackle this blight in our society? the honourable lady has raised a very important point and i would like to commend her and my honourable friend
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for the work that you are both doing as co—chairs of thejo cox commission. i indeed encourage members of the house to do exactly as she has said. she has reason important issue. we all increasingly recognise the impact that loneliness has on health. of course, we have been able to put some support into the dementia friendly communities programme, we are putting more money into grantfunds... programme, we are putting more money into grant funds... studio: we are leaving prime minister's questions, just to bring you up—to—date with the latest lines that came out of that particularly on the grenfell tower fire, the that particularly on the grenfell towerfire, the prime minister said that 120 tower blocks across 37 local authorities in england have so far failed local authorities in england have so farfailed fire local authorities in england have so far failed fire safety tests and have combustible cladding. that means that still every single tower that has been tested for its cladding has failed the safety tests. the crown prosecution service has announced it has enough evidence to charge six people in connection with the hillsborough disaster of 1989. they include charges of manslaughter by gross negligence against the police match commander.
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ben brown is in warrington. thank you. the cps have been briefing families of the 96 liverpool fans who lost their lives in the disaster in that building behind me and we gather that some of the family members will come out in the family members will come out in the next few minutes and give their reaction to the news from the cps that they are charging six individuals with criminal charges over the hillsborough disaster. they we re over the hillsborough disaster. they were considering more than 20 suspects overall after two separate criminal enquiries, but in the end, they are charging six individuals. let's just run you through these charges. david duckenfield, the match commander on the day of the disaster, former chief superintendent of south yorkshire police is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence. it's alleged his
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failures were extraordinarily bad and contributed substantially to the depths of each of the 96. sir norman bettison faces four charges of misconduct in public office. others charged include peter metcalf, a solicitor for south yorkshire police, graham mackrell, former club secretary at sheffield wednesday and two other south yorkshire police officers also charged, former chief superintendent and donald denton and detective chief inspector alan foster, also charged with perverting the court ofjustice. so sue hemming, who is head of the crown prosection's special crime division, made the announcement to the family of those who died in a private meeting here in warrington earlier today. there is sufficient evidence to charge former chief superintendent david duckenfield with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children. mr dukinfield was the match commander on the day of the disaster. in order to prosecute this matter, the cps
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will need to apply to the high court judge to remove the stain is imposed at the end of his 1999 private prosecution. this process will commence shortly. we are unable to charge the manslaughter of anthony bland, the 96 casualty who died almost four years later. this is due to time limitations imposed by the law as it applied at the time. former chief constable norman bettison is charged with four offences of misconduct in public office. this relates to alleged lies he told about his involvement in the aftermath of hillsborough and the culpability of fans. graham henry mackrell is charged with two offences of contravening a term or condition of a safety certificate contrary to the safety of sports grounds act 1975. he is additionally charged with the one offence of failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of other persons who may have been affected
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by his acts or omissions at work under the health and safety at work act 1974. mr mackerel was sheffield wednesday's company secretary and city officer at the time. peter metcalf is accused of perverting the course of public justice metcalf is accused of perverting the course of publicjustice relating to material changes made to witness statements. he was a solicitor acting for the south yorkshire police during the taylor inquiry and the first inquest. former chief superintendent donald denton and former detective chief inspector alan foster are charged with the same offence for their involvement in changes made to witness statements. the defendants other than david duckenfield will all appear at warrington magistrates's caught on the 9th of august. criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have a right to a fair trial. it is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online
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which could in any way prejudiced these proceedings. i have not authorise charges in relation to any other individuals or organisations. the reasons for these decisions are set out in a written summary that we have published today. that was sue hanging from the cps. for the families of those who died, it has been 28 years where they have seen it has been 28 years where they have seen two enquiries into the disaster, two inquests and now they have seen criminal charges brought against these six individuals. we have been getting reaction from barry devon field whose son, christopher, died disaster. i'm absolutely delighted. we've got today everything we could have asked for. the decision by the cps, in my opinion, were correct and are correct. we look forward to the due process through the court of law. barry devon side whose son
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christopher died. the families are being briefed by the cps with their reasons for bringing these charges against the six named individuals. we expect them to give reaction at a news co nfe re nce we expect them to give reaction at a news conference shortly but for now, from warrington, back to you in the studio. thank you, then. more from him later. in a moment, the news at one with jane hill. first the weather. what a wash—out summer that had yesterday. today, more rain on the way but today other areas will be getting the bad weather. let's have a look at the radar. this is how does rain has moved from the south—east are particularly across east anglia where was heavily last night. in less than 24 hours, some areas in suffolk got i think more than a month's worth of rainfall and today, the weather front, than a month's worth of rainfall and today, the weatherfront, the than a month's worth of rainfall and today, the weather front, the worst of it will be across northern england but there is an area of rain which will be affecting parts of wales and the south—west in two areas of rain spiralling into that areas of rain spiralling into that area of low pressure. look at that,
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there is a window of drier weather across parts of the midlands, east anglia and the south—east so here, i dare say, maybe even a little bit of brightness. in much better afternoon in london, for example, northampton there as well but the south—west, wheels and certainly throughout yorkshire, rain. just about getting away in northern ireland but in scotland, a totally different story. even some sunshine coming through. but most of the time, i think it will be fairly cloudy. this is what happens to this evening. this band of wet weather across northern england will be drifting in the direction of scotland's by the early hours of thursday morning, it will start training again in scotland particularly in the borders and eastern scotland, through the lowla nds eastern scotland, through the lowlands as well. around western parts of wales and the south, see that rain is trying to crawl back into that low pressures of the rain moving northwards here, southwards here and then moving back into parts of central and southern england in the south. thursday in itself will bea the south. thursday in itself will be a very cool day for most of us.
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13, 14, 15 degrees particularly across the north west but here where there is the gap in the weather, that window of dry weather, temperatures may respond to around 20 degrees or so. thursday night into friday, low pressure is still with us but you can see most of the weather action here is happening across northern and western areas. quite a strong wind blowing out of the north or northwest. across central, eastern and south—eastern areas, a dry day. this might be some showers around but with a bit of brightness, depending how much, those temper just to brightness, depending how much, those temperjust to get up to 23 celsius and we are still thinking that the weekend is looking better, particularly sunday at least, some sunshine on the way. that's it from me. six people are to be charged in connection with the hillsborough football stadium disaster, 28 years ago. following these thorough investigations and our careful review of the evidence in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors, i have decided there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals
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with criminal offences. the senior police officer at the match — former chief superintendent david duckenfield — will be charged with the manslaughter of 95 people. relatives of some of those who died at hillsborough say it's the right decision. i'm absolutely delighted. we've got today everything that we could have asked for. we'll have all the reaction from warrington. also this lunchtime: after the grenfell tower fire, the prime minister tells mps it appears the cladding used wasn't compliant with building regulations.
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