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  1. House of Commons meets at 9.30am
  2. MPs will take the oath of allegiance
  3. Many first-time MPs to be sworn in
  4. Cabinet and shadow cabinet sworn in on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Aiden James and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

Firefighter at Grenfell Tower

Empty properties owned by the rich should be used for the homeless of Grenfell Tower, Labour's leader says.

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House adjourns

House of Commons


The last MP to swear in is Home Office Minister Nick Hurd, who was giving the statement on the tower block fire in North Kensington.

The House then adjourns, to return on 21 June for State Opening.

First of many...

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Statement ends

The meeting in the Grand Committee Room adjourns. It was held away from the main Commons chamber as Parliament is not formally in session.

This allowed for more informal proceedings, with MPs addressing each other directly by their first names, rather than using their constituency names and addressing the Speaker only.

The meeting was televised, in part at least, after some confusion over whether it would be.

In the Commons chamber, MPs are still swearing in.

Last word

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Minister: Anger is understandable

Grenfell Tower statement

Westminster Hall

Closing proceedings, Home Office Minister Nick Hurd says that "the anger that is out there... is quite understandable".

He praises firefighters and other emergency services: "They don't like us banging on about how great they are but they are heroes."

"We have to act as if it was our friends, our families in that building," he adds, rather than responding with "plodding bureaucracy".

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Watch: MP takes oath in Urdu

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Labour leader calls for Commons statement

Grenfell Tower statement

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the "serious" and "important" questions raised should be addressed by the public inquiry.

He also calls for a statement by the local government secretary "as early as possible" after the State Opening of Parliament next week.

A meeting in Westminster Hall is "not satisfactory", he argues.

Labour MP: Fire service should inspect all flats

Grenfell Tower statement

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, says residents in tower blocks, particularly disabled residents, are afraid for their lives.

He calls for "full inspections of all of our blocks across the country" to be carried out by the fire service and no-one else.

Labour's Canterbury MP sworn in


Meanwhile, in the chamber, Rosie Duffield - who won Canterbury for Labour after a hundred years as a Conservative seat - swears in.

Pic: MPs meet in Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall
MPs have been questioning ministers on the Grenfell Tower fire

'A man-made disaster'

Grenfell Tower statement

Labour MP Seema Malhotra praises the way the community has come together, including the contribution of "places of worship".

Conservative Zac Goldsmith adds his voice to those who have raised the situation of people who live in other tower blocks, saying they must be "desperately anxious".

Helping them and providing reassurance should be treated as an "emergency", he argues.

Labour MP Mary Creagh says this was not a "natural disaster... this was a man-made disaster".

The government provides assistance to areas hit by flooding, she says, calling on ministers to confirm "how much in pounds, shillings and pence, local authorities will receive" to help survivors.

Tory MP calls for more support for emergency services

Grenfell Tower statement

Conservative MP James Cleverly calls for "enhanced support to firefighters involved in this incident".

The Grenfell Tower fire will be "the most significant and harrowing event that they will ever have had to deal with", he adds.

Worries of people who work in tall buildings

Grenfell Tower statement

Conservative MP Vicky Ford says people who work in tall buildings will have safety concerns, as well as people who live in them.

Two ministers questioned as Labour leader looks on

Grenfell Tower statement

Alok Sharma
Housing Minister Alok Sharma

The proceedings in the Grand Committee Room are not following the pattern of a statement in the Commons chamber, with two ministers responding to questions.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who spoke earlier, is among the MPs listening.

Nick Hurd
Home Office Minister Nick Hurd
Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has spoken during the meeting

Grenfell Tower fire inquiry to be judge-led

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Minister: We will support every family that is affected

Housing Minister Alok Sharma echoes fellow minister Nick Hurd's description of the fire as "a national tragedy".

His voice breaking, he adds: "We can only imagine what these people must be going through."

Efforts are being made to make sure people are housed in temporary accommodation, Mr Sharma says.

"We will support every family that is affected," he tells MPs.

Corbyn: Properties should be requisitioned

Grenfell Tower statement

Broadcast begins

The broadcast from Westminster Hall, the Grand Committee Room, has begun. You can watch on the live feed above.

MPs resume swearing-in

House of Commons


As the meeting on Grenfell Tower continues in the Grand Committee Room, MPs resume queuing to swear in.

Broadcast permission?

There's been confusion over the televising of this statement (which we're reporting by publishing tweets from BBC correspondent Vicki Young, and Sky's Jon Craig).

Broadcasters such as the BBC believed permission had been granted to show the statement and subsequent questions, but we're still not seeing any pictures from inside the Grand Committee Room, or Westminster Hall - which viewers of BBC Parliament will recognise as the Commons' secondary chamber, where debates regularly take place.

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London fire: PM orders full public inquiry
The prime minister has ordered a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

Statement not broadcast

There has been some confusion over whether the statement will be broadcast.

Journalists are allowed into the room to report on proceedings and the BBC's Vicki Young says that minister Nick Hurd has described the fire as "a national tragedy".

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Statement on Grenfell Tower fire

The prime minister spoke to fire commissioner Dany Cotton as she surveyed the damage
The prime minister spoke to fire commissioner Dany Cotton as she surveyed the damage

MPs are to hear a government statement on the Grenfell Tower fire.

It is believed Home Office Minister Nick Hurd will make the statement, which will be in the Grand Committee Room as Parliament is not formally in session.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed the west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people.

No Mansion House speech

Chancellor tweets

Coming up: statement on Grenfell Tower fire

MPs will be able to question a minister on the Grenfell Tower fire this afternoon.

A ministerial statement of this nature would normally be in the House of Commons, but this is not possible because Parliament has not yet formally reopened following the general election.

Speaker John Bercow announced on Wednesday that a meeting with a minister would be arranged.

It is due to take place at 1.30pm in Westminster Hall.

Sitting suspended until 2pm

House of Commons


The Speaker suspends the House, announcing that swearing in will resume at 2pm and continue until 3pm.

Buddhist MP takes the oath

House of Commons


Suella Fernandes

Conservative MP Suella Fernandes says she wants to "swear on a book" adding: "You've got a book for me, because I'm Buddhist."

Conservatives 'confident' Queen's Speech will have sufficient support - sources

Theresa May met the Queen on Wednesday and agreed the timing of the Queen's Speech, a senior Conservative source has told the BBC.

Talks between the Tories and the DUP "are progressing well" and the two parties "are in broad agreement on the principles of be Queens Speech", the source said.

The source added:

Both parties are committed to the Union, Brexit, combating terrorism and prosperity across the UK. While talks are progressing it's important the government gets on with its business. We are confident there will be sufficient support for passing the Queen's Speech."