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Government accused of 'dragging feet' over Grenfell

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Theresa May has faced demands to stop "dragging" her Government's feet over dealing with the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Shadow housing secretary John Healey attacked the Prime Minister's response in the 15 months since the fire, and suggested she would have acted more quickly had it been her own home.

The Labour frontbencher also questioned why nearly half the Grenfell survivors still have not got permanent new homes, why more than 400 tower blocks are "still cloaked in lethal Grenfell-style cladding" and why there was still no ban on combustible cladding.

A total of 72 people died in the fire, which ripped through the west London tower block on 14 June last year.

Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Mr Healey said: "Let's send a message to Theresa May - stop dragging your Government's feet and act, act to get all survivors a new home, bring all those culpable to book and put in place every measure needed to prevent this ever happening again."

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May to face cabinet on Chequers re-think

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Theresa May will meet senior ministers later as she comes under growing pressure to change her Brexit policy.

The PM has insisted she will stick by her Chequers plan for close future co-operation with the EU despite European leaders attacking it last week.

Many Tories want her to ditch it in favour of a Canada-style trade accord.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has declined to rule this option out while his predecessor Boris Johnson said it offered a "real alternative".

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