Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Theresa May 'welled up' in meeting with Grenfell families, says reverend

Theresa May 'welled up' in meeting with Grenfell families, says reverend

Theresa May will be forced to visit Grenfell Tower again to meet residents because her presentation in her first visit was terrible, says a former Labour advisor.

He said that feeling of being ignored is a source of much "deep frustration", and told how people have been left feeling "that decisions are taken about their lives and their homes that they are not party to".

Ms Leadsom, who challenged Theresa May in the Conservative leadership election past year, said she had come "as Leader of the Commons, on behalf of the Commons" and defended the Prime Minister's decision.

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. She failed to meet survivors during an initial visit to the site on Thursday, and was heckled when she returned a day later.

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".

"The Government has taken action on the recommendations of the coroner's report", she insisted.

During Mrs May's visit the Government announced that a £5m fund would be made available to pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs.

Sixteen "very ordinary people" sat in Downing Street to bring their concerns to Theresa May in an "unprecedented" meeting and finally felt they were listened to, the Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin said.

The newly appointed Defence Minister retaliated to an accusation by an incredulous audience member who claimed the Prime Minister was a "wibbly wobbly leader" during last night's BBC Question Time. "I've got friends in that tower", pointing to Grenfell.

Turning on the local authority cuts imposed by the Conservatives, the man added: "Because of saving money people are dying".

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".

Mr Corbyn said: 'We will speak up for this community and we will speak up with this community.

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