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PM May faces first parliament test since election fiasco

Frank Williams | 28 June, 2017, 23:19

'Shame on you, ' Tory MPs shouted at PMQs today when Jeremy Corbyn asked about cuts to the fire service and to local authorities in the context of the Grenfell Fire.

The checks are continuing across the country following the June 14 fire, which was apparently stoked by the building's flammable exterior cladding.

In light of the tests conducted to date, she urged people to take preemptive action before results are returned and work with their local fire services to ensure that buildings are safe for residents.

The prime minister also claimed that cuts to public services begun under the leadership of former Labour PM Tony Blair and involved "governments of all colours, councils of all political persuasions".

Corbyn told the left-wing newspaper the Daily Mirror that it was "ludicrous" to believe the Conservatives' minority government could survive, and that his party "will challenge this government at every step and try to force an early general election".

"When you cut local authority budgets by 40 percent, we all pay a price in public safety".

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"What the tragedy of Grenfell Tower has exposed is the disastrous effect of austerity", he added, to jeers from the Conservatives.

The move resonates with the record high participation of young voters during the June 8 legislative elections, who have overwhelmingly voted for the Labour party.

May has come under fire from inside and outside her Conservative party over her strategy for Britain's departure from the European Union and has been forced to scrap many of her planned reforms.

The House of Commons voted 323 to 309 Wednesday against a call by the main opposition Labour Party for a pay raise for public-sector workers and an end to cuts to police and firefighting budgets. Her objective was to highlight that the inquiry should deal with the failures of successive governments - as it should - but the impression is of a party and a government attempting to shirk its share of the blame. The speech included eight bills centered on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and measures to address the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, as well as the Grenfell fire.

The Conservatives' deal with the Democratic Unionists - which will see the Northern Ireland party's 10 MPs line up behind the government in key votes - gives them a working majority of 13 and means they are in little danger of losing.

The election left the Conservatives several votes short of a parliamentary majority and severely undermined the authority of May, who called the snap vote in a misjudged attempt to increase her grip on power ahead of Brexit negotiations.

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