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Summary

  1. Theresa May faced Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions
  2. They clashed over housebuilding figures
  3. May made a statement on Brexit and G20 summit

Live Reporting

By Jackie Storer and Alex Hunt

All times stated are UK

  1. May ‘seeks to ally Tory fears over grammar schools’

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    The prime minister has tonight sought to reassure some Conservative MPs who oppose any plans to allow the creation of new grammar schools in England.

    Addressing a meeting of Conservative MPs, Theresa May made it clear that she would not “turn the clock back” to an era when children up and down the country were separated aged 11 on the basis of academic ability.

    But she also pointed out that selection still exists in the system - not just in areas such as Kent and Trafford in Greater Manchester which still have grammar schools -  and, as she put it, there's selection by house price where people often pay more to live in areas with outstanding schools.

    Supporters of grammar schools were pleased that she seemed to be signalling that there could be an expansion in areas where there is a demand for them and that a prohibition on new schools might well be lifted.

    But opponents were also satisfied that she wasn’t advocating a radical policy of a grammar school in every town, or imposing them where they weren't wanted.

  2. Wednesday round-up

    Here's a recap of what's been making the news in politics today:

  3. Decision urged on Hinkley Point

    Opposition day debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Hinkley Point

    A little earlier in today's debate, Conservative MP for Wells James Heappey praised the government's commitment to ratifying the Paris Agreement but said there were areas in which its policy was "not quite so clear".

    He described new nuclear as the only form of energy which can "meet our base-load needs".

    "We have to take a decision now," he urged, "and put Hinkey forward at the first possible opportunity."

    Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years were unexpectedly delayed after the government postponed a final decision until the early autumn.  

  4. Jeremy Corbyn and future single market membership

    Sean Curran

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Labour sources have made it clear that Jeremy Corbyn thinks the UK's Brexit negotiations should aim to secure "full access to the single market" in goods and services.

    But a spokesman for the Labour leader said Mr Corbyn had campaigned against aspects of the single market and would oppose a deal that included "aspects of the existing architecture" that were damaging to working people and public services.

    Asked if Jeremy Corbyn wanted the UK to remain a full member of the EU single market the spokesman said there was a question about what "membership of the single market" actually meant.  

  5. Polish ministers 'raised hate crime concerns'

    Home Affairs Committee

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    Poland's foreign and interior ministers have visited the UK to raise concerns over racism against Polish nationals in the wake of the EU referendum, the home secretary says.

    Amber Rudd

    Responding to a question from Labour's David Winnick about hate crime incidents, Amber Rudd said she and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnston met the Polish ministers this week.

    She adds that they were reassured that the government is taking the matter seriously.

  6. Home Affairs Committee adjourns

    Home Affairs Committee

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    Labour's David Winnick has the final question and asks about incidents of hate crimes since the EU referendum.

    Amber Rudd confirms that there was a spike after the vote but that levels have now returned to levels comparable to last year.

    And with that Tim Loughton adjourns the sitting.

    Home affairs committee
  7. Home secretary concerned about current prostitution legislation

    Home Affairs Committee

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    Tim Loughton says the final line of questioning will focus on prostitution and notes that there are no declarations of interest.

    David Burrowes asks what the home secretary's views are on buying sex from prostitutes.

    She replies that it is a complicated issue and would like to consider it further before giving a full answer.

    She adds she does have concerns about the current legislation.

    Amber Rudd
  8. What is committee stage?

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The committee stage is when a lot of the legislative leg work is done in the House of Lords.

    A bill is put through detailed line-by-line examination and scrutiny. For major and complex legislation is considered in a committee of the whole House – like today.

    All proposed amendments can be considered, and debate on amendments is unrestricted. 

    Amendments are rarely put to a vote as there as still two more legislative stages to go before the bill completes its journey through the Lords.

    If the bill is passed at committee stage the legislation moves on to report stage, where similar detailed scrutiny also takes place.

  9. Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk to discuss UK role in EU pre-Brexit

    Donald Tusk

    Theresa May is set to use a breakfast meeting on Thursday with European Council President Donald Tusk to stress that Britain will play a full role in the EU until it leaves.

    It will be Mrs May's first meeting with Mr Tusk since she became prime minister - the pair met before at a summit in Valletta, when she was home secretary.

    But this meeting at Downing Street is being billed as an attempt for them to get to know each other ahead of negotiations over Brexit.

    Mrs May and Mr Tusk will discuss the agenda of the next summit in October, along with migration, Russian sanctions, the Ukraine and trade.

    The PM will chair the cabinet sub committee on Brexit later that day focusing on trade.

  10. Rudd: Social media sites should do more to remove radical material

    Home Affairs Committee

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    James Berry

    Conservative James Berry asks if "something is amiss" when hundreds of police officers are scouring the internet for extremist material whilst social media sites make money from providing the platform.

    Amber Rudd says such companies should do more and that she would like to see an industry regulated board similar to one established on child exploitation.

    Mr Berry tells her that his suggestion that social media sites should pay for police time did not go down very well.

  11. Prevent: counter-terrorism programme a success or failure?

    Home Affairs Committee

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    Prevent is part of the government's counter-terrorism strategy, aimed at stopping people from being drawn into or supporting terrorism.

    It includes measures to stop "apologists for terrorism" coming to the UK, supporting community campaigns that oppose extremism and provide mentoring for individuals "at risk" of becoming involved in terrorist activity.

    Young Muslim extremists

    The strategy covers "all forms" of terrorism, including far-right extremism.

    But it has been heavily criticised, including by the Muslim Council of Britain, which said it had "really failed", particularly on engaging with young Muslims.

  12. Chuka Umunna: Single Market membership is vital for British working people

    Labour's Chuka Umunna, chair of Vote Leave Watch, says working people "benefit enormously" from Britain's place in the European Single Market, through rights to equal pay, regular rest breaks and equal treatment for agency workers.

    Quote Message: It helps our companies sell without barriers to our biggest market, creating good jobs in manufacturing, technology, and other industries... Labour should be fighting for Britain to stay in the Single Market, not turning a blind eye to its advantages. I hope our party clarifies its position in support of UK membership of the Single Market, and continued close engagement with Europe."
  13. Peers scrutinise spy powers bill

    Investigatory Powers Bill.

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers now move to the day's main legislating - the penultimate day of committee stage scrutiny on the Investigatory Powers Bill.

    This is the latest bill aimed at giving the security services and the police up-to-date powers to monitor activity on the internet.

    The bill aims to secure and update the powers contained in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA), which only made it through Parliament after a clause was added to make it expire at the end of December.

    The bill has to be passed before the DRIPA expires otherwise the legal authority for the existing powers will lapse - although there's always the option, in extremis, of passing an emergency mini-bill to continue the existing powers for a couple of months.

  14. Darling: Government must 'set out its stall' on Brexit

    G20 Statement

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling c

    Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling criticises the campaign to Leave the EU for not putting forward any plans for what should happen after Brexit.

    The Labour peer warns the UK is "never going to get anywhere" until the government sets out its plans for Brexit.

    He calls on the government to give a date by which it will "set out its stall" so "we can have the proper debate in this country that we missed out on two months ago".

    Baroness Evans of Bowes Park reiterates Theresa May's comment that the government "will not be giving a running commentary", adding it would be "inappropriate to set out timelines". 

    "We want the best deal, not the quickest one."