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News Daily: Huge fire at tower block

June 14, 2017 5:18 AM
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Fire rips through tower block - people feared trapped

About 200 firefighters are at Grenfell Tower, on the Lancaster West Estate, amid fears the building could collapse. Thirty people are receiving hospital treatment.

"It looks very bad, very very bad," said eyewitness Tim Downie. "I've never seen anything like this. It's just such a big fire."

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has made a political intervention - rare since he resigned last year - by urging successor Theresa May to "listen to other parties" over Brexit. Downing Street has ruled out a change to the PM's plans following last week's general election disappointment. But Mr Cameron told the Financial Times the lack of a Conservative majority would increase pressure on her to secure a "softer" Brexit. Talks between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party on forming a government continue.

Theresa May doesn't trust easily. It wouldn't really be in keeping with her style to dramatically reach out to the other parties in a formal way. In truth, it is also not that clear the Labour leadership would really want that kind of role.

During the election campaign, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott was criticised for lacking a grasp of detail in some of her interviews. She's now told the Guardian she has Type 2 diabetes, which was diagnosed two years ago but got "out of control", forcing her to take a break from campaigning for Labour shortly before polling day.

The Daily Telegraph leads on Theresa May saying she won't alter her plans on Brexit, while the Times reports that Chancellor Philip Hammond is leading a battle within government to keep the UK in the customs union. And the Guardian focuses on French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on the UK possibly remaining in the EU. Meanwhile, the Mirror says SAS forces are "posing as beggars" to fight extremists.

Aspirin warning Elderly taking drug daily after heart attacks or strokes "at higher risk of major stomach bleeds"

09:30 The Office for National Statistics releases the UK unemployment figures for the three months to April.

10:00 London's Borough Market reopens, following the attack 11 days ago, in which eight people were killed.

1982 A ceasefire between UK and Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands has been agreed, the prime minister announces.

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