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Mandarin Oriental fire: Blaze at Knightsbridge hotel

Media captionMandarin Oriental fire: Video shows smoke at London hotel A huge fire has broken out at a luxury hotel in central London a week after “the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history” was completed. Plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the five-star Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge after firefighters were called just […]

Jeremy Corbyn: Brexit ‘shambles like Northern Rail’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “Which will last longer the Northern Rail franchise or her premiership?” Jeremy Corbyn has compared Theresa May’s handling of Brexit with the “shambles” in the UK railways as they clashed at Prime Minister’s Questions. The Labour leader said key documents, including the blueprint for future EU relations, had been “delayed” while customs […]

Grenfell Tower: Kitchen fire resident ‘did the right thing’

Image copyright Facebook/Behailu Kebede Image caption Behailu Kebede was deeply traumatised and is now trying to rebuild his life The man who lived in the flat in which the Grenfell Tower fire started did “the right thing from start to finish”, a public inquiry has heard. Lawyer Rajiv Menon said his client, Behailu Kebede, called […]

Cambridge Analytica boss spars with MPs

Image copyright Parliament TV Image caption Alexander Nix said Cambridge Analytica was “not in the business of lying” The former chief of the now-defunct firm Cambridge Analytica’s much-anticipated reappearance before MPs has begun with a row. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman Damian Collins refused to allow Alexander Nix to make an opening statement. […]

Hounslow baby stabbing: Attempted murder arrest

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Rehan Khan has been arrested on suspicion of two attempted murders A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an 11-month-old boy was stabbed in west London. Rehan Khan, 25, handed himself in to police on Wednesday after the attack at a home on Swinfield Close, […]

Heathrow Airport: Cabinet approves new runway plan

Media captionGrayling on Heathrow: It is time for action Controversial plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been approved by ministers. The government’s economic sub-committee, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, backed the plans which were then approved by her full cabinet. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said it was a “historic moment”. Announcing […]

Corporate silence over Grenfell Tower fire ‘inhumane’

Image copyright AFP Companies involved in Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment have been accused of trying to derail the public inquiry into last year’s devastating fire. Stephanie Barwise, representing some of the survivors, said firms were refusing to say whether changes to the building had been in breach of regulations. She said their silence was “inhumane” and […]

Government clears way for Fox’s Sky deal

The UK government will let 21st Century Fox take over Sky if it sells Sky News. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has also cleared Comcast’s bid to take over Sky, but has referred Fox’s bid for a further consultation. Fox has been chasing approval from UK regulators since 2016 to buy the 61% of Sky it […]

Heathrow Airport: Cabinet set for new runway decision

Image copyright Reuters Senior ministers will gather in Downing Street this morning to approve what amounts to outline planning permission for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. The economic sub-committee, chaired by Theresa May, is expected to sign off the expansion plan, and then send it for approval by the full cabinet. If backed, MPs […]

Michael McIntyre robbed by men on moped

Image copyright PA Image caption Comedian Michael McIntyre is “fine” after Monday’s incident, his publicist has said Comedian Michael McIntyre was robbed by two men on a moped while parked outside his children’s school on Monday, his publicist has said. The men smashed his car windows with a hammer before taking his watch and speeding […]