Andrea Leadsom confronted over PM not meeting Grenfell Tower victims
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 13:42
Residents affected by the Grenfell Tower atrocity were passionate and angry during a lengthy exchange with the Prime Minister, a bishop who sat with them revealed.
Mrs May had received criticism after visiting the scene of the blaze on Thursday, but failing to meet any of the survivors.
I have heard horrifying stories from the fire brigade, from police and from victims themselves who were in that tower but also from other local residents, some of whom of course have not been able to go back to their homes either.
Rev. Mark O'Donoghue said Mrs May had expressed what came across as a "genuine compassion" as he described her reaction as something that was "long overdue".
She faced questions from angry residents who demanded answers about the failures that led to the fire, and one man took her to task about the Lakanal House fire in 2009.
Some commentators have likened her response to Grenfell to George W Bush's "Katrina moment", when the former U.S. president initially surveyed the hurricane-devastated land from Air Force One.
However, Mr Green would not say whether other tower blocks would be retrofitted with sprinkler systems in light of the tragedy.
Scuffles broke out in the crowd as the Prime Minister's vehicle drove away from the scene of the disaster.
The government also announced that an emergency review into the safety of tower blocks nationwide would be conducted to ensure another incident like this does not happen.
"Something bad has happened", she answered.
He said residents left the meeting feeling "reassured that they were listened to", but added: "Time will tell as to whether it makes a difference".
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 awful has happened".
There has been mounting anger among demonstrators, with dozens storming Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday afternoon, many shouting "we want an inquest" and "we want justice".
"So the people could have some realistic understanding of what was going on".
Organisers appealed for calm as hundreds of people - some of them holding posters of the missing - surrounded the building demanding answers from the council over the deaths.
Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said "security concerns" was to blame for Mrs May staying away from local residents.
For the Prime Minister, it has added to her problems, following a failed election gamble and an increasingly weak grip on her party.
"She's getting the substance of it right but the presentation of it is awful".