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Live Reporting

By Kate Whannel and Richard Morris

All times stated are UK

  1. Recap: What happened in the Commons?

    House of Commons


    The day started at 9:30am with questions on International Trade and International Development. Conservative leadership contender Rory Stewart caused a stir when he said he would be seeking a customs union with the European Union, against current government policy.

    The government also outlined future business in the Commons for the week ahead.

    There'll be some legislation on Monday on National Insurance Contributions, and there's two motions to be approved on Child Support and Consumer Rights on Tuesday.

    The Commons has now moved on to the adjournment debate, tabled by Conservative David Morris, on the Eden Project and its impact on Morecambe and the North West.

    That's where we're going to leave our live page for this week.

    We'll return on Monday when the Commons starts the week with Home Office questions from 2:30pm.

    Do join us then.

  2. MPs debate 'mortgage prisoners and vulture funds'

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    MPs begin to debate a motion on "the practice of selling mortgages and unregulated commercial loans to unregulated funds".

    The motion says this practice creates "mortgage prisoners" and expose businesses to asset stripping.

    It calls on the Treasury to hold an urgent inquiry into the subject.

  3. Grenfell MP accuses local councillors of 'racism or snobbery'

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    Emma Dent Coad accuses some councillors at Kensington and Chelsea Council of racist behaviour.

    She tells MPs that after the fire one councillor refused to go to the site saying: "It is like little Africa down there."

    Another said the area was "full of people from the Tropics".

    "Racism or snobbery - take your pick," she says.

  4. Grenfell is 'a stain on Parliament says Tory MP

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    The Grenfell Tower fire should not have happened and it is a stain on this place that it did," says Conservative MP Sir David Amess.

    "It is the fault of the Conservative government, the coalition government, the Labour government," he says.

    "It is the fault of every MP that advice wasn't heard and all the recommendations were not listened to."

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    Video caption: John Bercow: Proroguing Parliament 'not going to happen'

    Speaker of the Commons John Bercow says the idea that Parliament is prorogued to force through a “no-deal Brexit” is “simply not going to happen”.

  6. Grenfell Tower fire debate begins

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    Business questions concludes and Labour MP for Kensington Emma Dent Coad opens a debate on the Grenfell Tower fire.

    She accuses the local council of failing to rehouse former residents of the tower and says some have been "bullied" into homes that are not suitable.

  7. Announcement on Ford engine plant may be due, says minister

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    Ford Bridgend

    Nick Smith, the Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent, asks if the government would make a statement about reports the Ford engine plant in Bridgend was to close, which would be a “devastating blow” for the area.

    The Leader of the House of Commons, Mel Stride, says the government “will keep a very close eye on developments” and will “respond appropriately”.

    Mr Stride says no announcement has been made, "although I’m led to believe it is possible an announcement will be made later today".

  8. Bercow rules out prorogation

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    Labour's Chris Bryant says it would be on "a Venezuelan scale of outrage" if Parliament was prorogued "simply to force through a no-deal Brexit against the will of Parliament".

    Prorogation marks the end of a parliamentary session before a new Queen's Speech.

    A Conservative leadership candidate, Dominic Raab, has suggested he would be prepared to temporarily shut down parliament to make sure Brexit happened on 31 October.

    Mel Stride says: "These matters are all going to be decisions that the future prime minister will take in due course."

    At this point Speaker John Bercow makes a few remarks: "We all know that Parliament will not be evacuated from the centre stage of the decision-making process.

    "That is simply not going to happen.

    "It is so blindingly obvious that it almost doesn't need to be stated."

  9. 'Occasionally in the 21st century'

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    Mel Stride now responds to a question from Conservative Sir John Hayes.

    Mr Stride says it was "a privilege" to work as Sir John's PPS (parliamentary private secretary).

    "He was visionary, wise and just occasionally in the 21st century," he says.

  10. 'Where zombies go to die'

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    Pete Wishart

    It is now the turn of Pete Wishart - the SNP's sopkesman.

    He has previously described the Parliament as a "zombie Parliament" on account of a lack of business.

    He goes further today describing the House of Commons as the place "where zombies go to die."

    "We've got six weeks left of this nonsense before we can all go away and do something more interesting," he says.

    "Can we please have a debate about something, anything with some meaning," he pleads.

    Mel Stride suggests Mr Wishart is "less Rabbie Burns, more Rab C. Nesbitt".

  11. 'Vital' new PM has confidence of the House

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    Valerie Vaz

    Responding for the Labour Party, shadow leader of the House Valerie Vaz asks if a date for the Summer recess has been set.

    She explains she is asking because of concerns that the new Conservative leader - and therefore the new prime minister - could take up their post when Parliament is not sitting.

    She says it is "vital that MPs have an immediate opportunity to test whether the new leader commands the confidence of the House."

    Mel Stride replies that recess dates are still being considered and adds that it would be up to the opposition to call a vote of confidence in the new prime minister.

  12. Business questions begin

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    Mel Stride

    Leader of the House Mel Stride sets out the forthcoming business in the House of Commons.

    Debates next week include one on mineworker's pension schemes (10 June), discrimination in sport (12 June) and making Parliament a more modern, family friend work place (13 June).

    This is Mel Stride's first outing delivering the business statement. He notes that "it was a very crowded field with many runners and riders - but here I am as the new leader of the House."

    "For having quietly achieved that in these tumultuous times - I think I should be congratulated."

    He praises his predecessor - Andrea Leadsom - and, addressing Speaker John Bercow, adds that he hopes to "continue with the warm and familiar spirit that characterised your relationship with my predecessor".

    The pair had often clashed during Mrs Leadsom's time as Leader of the House.

  13. Minister clashes with Tory MP over customs union

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    International Development questions almost risks turning into an informal leadership hustings as Conservative and Brexiteer Tom Pursglove challenges Rory Stewart on his Brexit position.

    He asks Mr Stewart to set out "why the customs union is the wrong policy choice when it comes to lifting people out of poverty in the developing world through free trade."

    Rory Stewart replies: “I strongly disagree. I think it’s incredibly important that we have zero tariff, zero quota access to European markets in order to defend the future of the British economy.”

    “That’s not government policy” shouts one backbencher.

  14. Commons move on to International Development questions

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    Rory Stewart

    The Commons has now moved on to International Development questions.

    Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson asks what affect the climate emergency has had on government priorities.

    International Development Secretary Rory Stewart says it is important that the government's approach to tackling climate change is "joined up" across different departments.

    "There should be no distinction at all between the work that we do on international development, and the work that we do on climate" he tells MPs.

  15. International Trade questions begin

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    The session begins with questions about how the UK is tackling climate change through its trade policy.

    The minister George Hollingbery says the UK's trade policy ensures exporters are set up to "spread green technologies around the world".

    However the SNP's Deidre Brock says fossil fuels make up "a shocking" 99.4% of UK export finances energy support to low and middle income countries.

  16. Good Morning

    House of Commons



    Hello and welcome to our coverage of the day in Parliament.

    MPs will put questions - first to the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, and then to International Development Secretary - and leadership contender - Rory Stewart.

    After, Leader of the House Mel Stride will set out forthcoming business for the House of Commons.

    The rest of the afternoon will be used to debate the Grenfell Tower fire and then a motion on mortgage pensioners and vulture funds.

  17. Goodnight

    We're ending our live coverage of all things politics there for the night. Thank you for joining us. Tomorrow the main event is the Peterborough by-election, so stay tuned to see what happens.