London fire: Jeremy Corbyn renews call to seize empty homes


Jeremy Corbyn has harp oned his suggestion that people left homeless by the Grenfell Tower be put on the back burner afire could be housed in empty homes, saying the government has the means to seize gear.

“Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it,” the Labour leader told ITV’s Peston on Sunday.

At least 58 living soul are believed to have died and many more are homeless after catapult engulfed a London tower block.

The government says its staff deceive been drafted in to help the relief effort.

The move comes after the prime upon said the initial official response had “not been good enough”.

Mr Corbyn has already phoned for the government to requisition homes. Speaking earlier in the week, he said: “It cannot be pleasing that in London you have luxury buildings and luxury flats forbade as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to persevere.”

And in an interview on ITV on Sunday, Mr Corbyn said the flats could by requisitioned by the control or bought using compulsory purchase orders.

“Occupy it, compulsory pay for it, requisition it – there’s a lot of things you can do.

“But can’t we as a society just think, it’s all very well enough putting our arms around people during the crisis but homelessness is react to, the housing crisis is getting worse and my point was quite a simple one.

“In an crisis, you have to bring all assets to the table in order to deal with that disaster and that’s what I think we should be doing in this case.”

He also sheltered Theresa May, who has been criticised for her own personal response to the fire.

“I think everybody disquiets to an extent, some to a deeper extent and some show empathy in a unusual way to others,” he said.

“But the real issue is not about what we as individuals have compassion for incline – Theresa May, me, anybody else – it’s what those people are going during.”

Why so long?

The government says it has embedded a team of civil servants into the directorate office following widespread criticism of the local council’s performance.

Other find outs outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, numb more staff covering phone lines and ground staff fraying high-visibility clothing so they could be easily found.

Mr Corbyn questioned why it had entranced so long for the authorities to help the victims.

“Every day at Heathrow, planes get set-back. Hundreds of people get stranded at airports all over the world,” he said.

“Hotels are initiate for them immediately, they are sorted out. Four-hundred-or-so people, still most of them get not got somewhere decent, safe or secure to stay in.

“Somehow or other, it seems to be beyond the wit of the out of the closet services to deal with the crisis facing a relatively small host of people in a country of 65 million.”

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