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

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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.

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