News in brief The number of people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire will remain at about 80, police said. Scotland Yard said it believed 350 people were in the tower on 14 June. Assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt said 255 people had survived and ano
Prime minister Theresa May ordered the suspension of a Conservative MP who used the N-word at an event during a discussion about Brexit. Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot in Devon, said sorry for causing offence with her use of the word, after a string of opposition politicians accused her of racism. Soon after, Morris issued a statement saying: “The comment was totally unintentional. I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.” May said the remarks were shocking.
The current state of prisons is “unacceptable”, the new justice secretary said, as it emerged more than 200kg of drugs and 13,000 mobile phones were found in jails last year. David Lidington acknowledged a raft of problems, from high levels of contraband to poor security and self-harm among prisoners.
More than 1.2 million people are expected to be living with dementia in England and Wales by 2040, up from almost 800,000 today. Researchers from University College London say the predicted rise is largely down to people living longer, but the figures also show that the risk of developing dementia for each age group is falling – suggesting that preventive strategies are having an impact.
British Airways cabin crew are to stage a fresh round of strikes in a long-running dispute over pay. Unite members will walk out for 14 days from 19 July, three days after completing a 16-day stoppage.