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  • Here are 10 Tory U-turns since the election was called.

    FactCheck takes a look at 10 key Tory U-turns since the election was called.

  • Published on 26 Jul 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of U-turning on a pledge to scrap student debt. It follows a comment made during the election campaign, saying he would “deal with it”. But the context is important.

  • Published on 25 Jul 2017

    Southern Europe is still sweltering in the grip of a heatwave, which has sparked wildfires in the south of France and Corsica, near popular tourist spots along the Cote d’Azur. Thousands of firefighters have also been battling blazes in Portugal, while Italy’s drought is so severe that the Pope has shut down the Vatican’s historic…

  • New plans to ban the sale of new-build homes in England under leasehold have been unveiled, as the government called it a sign of the “broken housing market”. Buyers have been caught in spiralling costs and fees, which can make homes virtually impossible to sell.

  • Household debt can be dangerous when it’s taken to excess, the Bank of England has warned – telling high street banks, credit card firms and car loan providers they risk fresh action against reckless lending. The bank’s director for financial stability Alex Brazier said banks were getting into a “spiral of complacency” over mounting levels…

  • Twenty eight people died as a result of police pursuits in the last year, the highest level for eight years. And most of them, according to new figures, were bystanders or passengers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now reviewing whether new police safety or training is needed. Its report also shows six people died…

  • Israel has dismantled metal detectors at a holy site in Jerusalem, following widespread protests by Palestinians. They were installed along with security cameras after two Israeli police officers guarding the site were shot dead by Arab Israelis, sparking a week of mass protests and further bloodshed on both sides. Muslim leaders, though, are still urging…

  • Bre Payton, a political reporter for the conservative website, The Federalist, and Versha Sharma, a senior correspondent for the liberal digital news platform, Now This, discuss Donald Trump’s relationship with his Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

  • “You’re probably right.” That’s the answer Donald Trump’s new communications chief gave when asked whether the President wants his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. Such is the precariousness of Mr Sessions’ position tonight, with his boss tweeting about how weak he is. The White House dysfunction is distracting lawmakers from another crucial issue –…

  • Andy Bates, from the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations, says the tenant management organisation that was responsible for Grenfell Tower is unlike any other in the country, because it is far bigger.

  • Reg Kerr-Bell, a former chairman of the Chelsea and Kensington Tenancy Management Organisation, who resigned after his concerns about the way it was run were ignored, says meetings could descend into chaos.

  • The Grenfell fire has brought into focus the bodies running much of Britain’s social housing – tenant management organisations, or TMOs. Kensington and Chelsea TMO, which ran Grenfell Tower and was responsible for its refurbishment, is the biggest in Britain, with nearly 10,000 properties and thousands of tenants. TMOs, especially Kensington and Chelsea, have been…

  • Tonight, Grenfell residents are meeting the retired judge heading the inquiry into the disaster. More information is now being given out about how new permanent homes will be allocated, but many people are still angry that their voices aren’t being heard.

  • Tonight we examine the body that managed Grenfell Tower at arm’s length from the council and ask: is Britain’s social housing safe in the hands of tenant management organisations?

  • Labour say childcare costs are up 50 per cent since 2010. But they’re not comparing like-for-like data.