Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Grenfell residents in 'passionate, angry' exchanges with PM at Downing Street

Grenfell residents in 'passionate, angry' exchanges with PM at Downing Street

Grenfell fire survivors were "angry" and "passionate" during a meeting with Theresa May, as their harrowing accounts moved her to well up, say people who were present.

Residents whose homes were destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire will receive a Government down-payment of at least £5,500 from Monday, it has been announced.

Speaking to Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr McDonnell said: "People would not be living in high-rise blocks, unsafe conditions and some of them very poor quality, if we didn't have the housing crisis and part of that housing crisis is as a result of allowing housing particularly in London for use for speculative gain rather than for housing need".

Mrs May visited the area yesterday but spoke only to the emergency services, citing security concerns as a reason not to speak to individuals affected.

Meagher added that she probably did take advice on the matter from special advisors, but "a lot of special advisors are not actually very special and get things like this hideously wrong".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comforts a woman at St Clement's Church.

But a clergyman who was present at the No 10 meeting said Mrs May showed empathy as she talked for two and half hours to survivors.

"I mean, it's too late to be honest, right now".

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People who are traumatised and grief-stricken, who have lost their homes and all their belongings or who are searching for missing relatives, are looking to the government and various agencies to help them at this awful time.

"What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground".

"Somebody began to sob beside her and she just held her hand for the next 20 minutes, which wasn't quite the caricature most of us have of the Prime Minister", he added.

And writing on Twitter, broadcaster Jeremy Vine agreed that the prime minister's failure to speak to was "starting to look like a defining moment for Theresa May".

"The people concerned were still searching for loved ones".

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something bad has happened".

The PM has ordered a public inquiry into the blaze, as the cladding used to insulate the tower block and the building's safety measures have come under scrutiny. Her aides said the goal of her visit was to get a briefing from emergency services.

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