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  • Grenfell cladding tests conflict of interest?

    It’s one of the biggest manufacturers of insulation and cladding in Britain – and its products were used on Grenfell Tower. This programme can reveal that a company in the Kingspan group is now playing a key role in the independent government tests ordered in the wake of the fire. Kingspan says it’s just trying…

  • Published on 20 Jul 2017

    The brother of the first named victim of the Grenfell Tower fire says the fire brigade should have abandoned their “stay put” policy much earlier. Omar Al Haj-Ali and his brother Mohammed – both refugees from Syria – were told to stay put three times before deciding to flee, but only Omar made it out…

  • The European Union’s chief negotiator said today that there are “fundamental differences” between the bloc and the United Kingdom. The second round of Brexit talks concluded with arguments over the divorce settlement with Michel Barnier warning “accounts must be settled”. But Brexit Secretary David Davis was more upbeat.

  • The Government has scrapped plans to electrify three rail lines.  The transport secretary announced new technology means works on the Midland Main Line, the Lake District Line and the Great Western Line will no longer be needed.

  • The largest rise in crime for a decade has been recorded in England and Wales, with the biggest increase in violent and sexual crime. This, as the Home Office revealed police numbers are at their lowest since 1985.

  • Can we trust the independent fire safety tests being carried out after the Grenfell Tower disaster? We highlight a potential conflict of interest at the heart of the testing regime.

  • Conservative MP Sir David Amess says he will be raising the potential conflict of interest revealed by Channel 4 News with appropriate ministers “as a matter of urgency”. The joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fire Safety and Rescue said without transparency, there’s a danger the public will lose confidence in the whole thing. Channel…

  • Published on 19 Jul 2017

    He moved seats during a dinner at the G20 to sit next to Vladimir Putin. But what Donald Trump talked about with the Russian leader in this hitherto undisclosed meeting, we shall probably never know. The only other person present was a Russian translator. Mr Trump called the media speculation about the meeting “sick”.

  • There are few women and even fewer ethnic minority stars: the BBC has published its list of top earners to an outcry over diversity. Theresa May demanded to know why the corporation paid women less than men for doing the same job, while a number of high profile presenters were forced to defend their salaries.

  • North Kensington resident, Tomassina Hessel, and Justice for Grenfell campaigner, Moira Samuels, discuss Kensington and Chelsea Council’s response to the tower block fire.

  • The council at the heart of the Grenfell Tower disaster is meeting tonight. On the agenda: formally approving a new leader and chief executive. But they’ll also debate a petition signed by more than 1,500 people calling for the entire council leadership to resign, claiming there’s no confidence in their ability to manage public buildings.

  • As Kensington and Chelsea Council try to appoint a new leadership, Grenfell Tower residents tell the whole lot to resign.  

  • Published on 18 Jul 2017

    Pink pens just “for her”, mums who make the gravy and do the washing-up before being told to be “beach body ready”. We’ve all seen the ads. Now the Advertising Standards Authority is cracking down on gender stereotypes, including ones which show men failing to carry out simple household tasks.

  • The Trump travel ban is still stalled before the courts. Afghanistan was not on the list of Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban, but a group of young roboticists from that country has become a cause celebre. They had a very diffcult journey to the US. We went along to meet them when they began…