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Business chief disagrees with May on EU movement

Home Secretary Theresa May has called for the reinstatement of the original free movement principles within the EU.

Theresa May has spoken out about a return to Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She said people should only be allowed to move freely within the EU if they have a job waiting for them.

The Confederation of British Industry's director John Cridland has disagreed with May.

The evidence shows that the vast majority of people coming from the EU to the UK come to work and benefit our economy. Our hospitals and care homes couldn't function without overseas workers... But the system must be about freedom to work, not for the minority who do not contribute, so the Government should continue to work with our European partners to make sure the rules are fit for purpose for everyone. We'd be concerned if EU workers had to be hired for a job before coming to the UK though, as this would cause issues for firms without the capacity to advertise and recruit across the whole of Europe.

– John Cridland, CBI Director General

Notting Hill Carnival revellers take to the streets

The weather may not be great but that it has not deterred revellers in London's Notting Hill enjoying Europe's biggest street party.

An estimated one million people expected to attend the two-day event over the Bank Holiday.

A young girl on a carnival float tricycle during the Notting Hill Carnival. Credit: PA
Two policemen take their helmets off and let revellers try them on for size. Credit: PA Wire
Men in Black: Partygoers covered in black paint enjoy the carnival atmosphere Credit: PA
A dancer is a flamboyant costume takes part in the carnival parade Credit: PA

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Fifth suspect arrested over with Austria lorry deaths

Police discovered the bodies in the back of a lorry in the province of Burgenland on Thursday. Credit: Reuters

A fifth suspect has arrested in connection with the discovery of the bodies of 71 migrants in back of a lorry found abandoned on an Austrian motorway.

The Bulgarian citizen is also under suspicion of human trafficking, Hungarian police said.

Meanwhile, postmortems have been carried out on 16 of the bodies and it is presumed they suffocated, Austrian police said.

"We are still awaiting the final report from the forensic team, but it looks like they have suffocated," said police spokesman Gerald Pangl.

Unite director dismisses Blair's Labour leadership warning

Jennie Formby, the political director of the Unite trade union, has dismissed Tony Blair's latest intervention in the Labour leadership race.

The former prime minister has cautioned against the "Alice in Wonderland" appeal of Jeremy Corbyn and mocked those who have embraced a "politics of parallel reality."

His warning has been backed by fellow candidate Andy Burnham who said the party will have "lost the plot", if they ignore the man who "won three general elections for Labour.

Ms Formby tweeted: "Sorry Andy Burnham; I totally disagree that neo-liberal multi-millionaire war-mongerer Blair has anything useful to say."

"He hasn't said anything constructive or useful so far re leadership campaign, you can't just write off tens of thousands supporting JC", she added.

Eleven dead in Saudi as fire sweeps through compound

Eleven people are dead and over 200 are injured after a fire swept through an oil workers residential compound in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi national oil company Saudi Aramco said the cause of the fire which broke out in a basement of the Radium residential compound in Khobar was not known.

The Saudi Civil Defense Department tweeted that 11 were dead and 219 people have been injured. Credit: Saudi Civil Defense Department/Twitter
According to Aramco's website, the Radium Residential Complex consists of eight six-storey buildings and comprises 486 units. Credit: Twitter/Saudi Civil Defense Department

Cars and furniture caught fire in the basement of one of the towers, heavy smoke bellowed, obstructing rescue and firefighting operations," the Civil Defense said in a statement. The fire is now under control, it said.

Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil exporter with its entire output pumped by Aramco.

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Burnham urges Labour to listen to Blair's warning

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham,who has previously criticised Tony Blair for making "dire predictions" about the prospect of a victory for rival Jeremy Corbyn, has said the party would be mad not to listen to the former prime minister now.

Mr Blair has issued a final warning to Labour supporters to reject the "Alice in Wonderland" appeal of Jeremy Corbyn or risk driving the party into an abyss.

Andy Burnham said Labour will have 'lost the plot' if they do not listen to their former leader. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Burnham said: "Tony Blair won three general elections for Labour. If we have got to a point now where the Labour Party says it doesn't want to listen to him then I would think we have lost the plot.

"We have got to listen to people who have been there in the past and seen Labour when it had difficulties in times gone by. People like Neil Kinnock who were there in the mid-1980s when Labour did start fighting itself and left the pitch clear for Margaret Thatcher to bulldoze her way through communities."

"We don't want to go back to that and let the heirs to Thatcher, Cameron and Osborne, do the same", he said.

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