UK's fragile government faces challenge over austerity

British PM faces vote test in parliament over government plan

The prime minister also announced total of 120 tower blocks across 37 local authority areas in England have so far failed fire safety tests and have combustible cladding.

Labour's amendment praises the response of the emergency services to the deadly fire in the west London tower block, which killed at least 79 people, as well as to the terror attacks in London and Manchester.

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

But Labour wants to force the government to publicly defend public spending cuts, with an eye on the prospect of another election if May can not hold on.

The opposition Labour party is hoping to exploit concerns within May's Conservative party that voters are tiring of its seven-year spending squeeze.

Mr Corbyn said: "When you cut local authority budgets by 40% we all pay a price in public safety".

Leo Docherty, the new Tory MP for Aldershot, made a decision to say that "only [Theresa May's] government can offer the safety and security our great country needs" after criticising Corbyn's alleged comments about scrapping Trident.

"Fewer inspectors, fewer building control inspectors, fewer planning inspectors".

Corbyn warned that the tragedy has "exposed the disastrous effect of austerity" and was met with loud shouts from the Tory benches when he focused on spending cuts.

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Hitting a serious yet strident tone, he added: "I urge the prime minister to come up with the resources needed.so that all our communities can truly feel safe in their own homes".

Tory MP Heidi Allen has also called on the Government to "urgently review" funding for public services across the United Kingdom in the wake of the deal with the DUP.

May faces another test Thursday, when lawmakers are due to vote on whether to approve the government's legislative program for the next two years.

Prime Minister Theresa May's government defeated Labour's proposal with support from the 10 lawmakers of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

Corbyn's Labour Party has tacked an amendment onto the Queen's speech, calling for an end to a cap on public-sector pay.

Opposition parties and devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales have called on the Government to match the funding boost for Northern Ireland across the United Kingdom, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell calling for an end to austerity "throughout the UK", not just in the province.

Theresa May "lost" the general election because she had the "world's worst manifesto", a former Conservative Party chairman has said.

A vote will take place in Parliament at around 7 p.m. (1800 GMT; 2 p.m. EDT).

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