London fire: Crowds vent anger at Theresa May


A great police presence held back angry crowds outside a Kensington church where Theresa May was rendezvous victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The prime minister faced cries of “baby” and “shame on you”.

One woman wept, saying it was because the PM declined to speak to anyone remote the meeting which lasted less than hour.

Mrs May pledged £5m of brook, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and change.

“The package of support I’m announcing today is to give the victims the immediate subsidize they need to care for themselves and for loved ones. We will proceed to look at what more needs to be done,” Mrs May said in a statement issued by her task.

Dozens of demonstrators surged towards the entrance of St Clement’s church and there were scuffles faade as organisers appealed for calm.

Earlier on Friday, the prime minister burned-out almost an hour speaking to patients and staff at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Nursing home.

It came a day after she faced criticism for meeting firefighters but not residents at the backdrop of the blaze. She also chaired the government’s Civil Contingencies Committee, which bargains with major crises such as terrorism or natural disasters, in Whitehall.

But native people have contrasted the style of Mrs May’s private visit to the scene with those of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labourers leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was seen with his arm around the shoulders of human being affected by the disaster.

Also on Friday, the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, village residents and community representatives while visiting Westway Sports Focal point, near the tower block in north Kensington.

During interview with the BBC, Mrs May ducked questions over her response to the disaster.

Pressed on whether she had failed to surmise from the anger felt by the community, she said: “This was a terrible tragedy that stripped place. People have lost their lives and others maintain lost everything, all their possessions, their home and everything.

“What we are doing is log in place the support that will help them.”

She said she had guided to ensure public services had the support they needed in order to be masterful to deal with the immediate aftermath.

Conservative former Cabinet curate Michael Portillo said Mrs May should have been prepared to be seen residents’ anger.

He told BBC’s This Week: “Alas Mrs May was what she has been for the decisive five or six weeks, that is to say she wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn’t use her generosity.

“She met in private with the emergency services, a good thing to do no doubt, but she should press been there with the residents, which is what Jeremy Corbyn was.”

‘Not to sprinklers in there’

But Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, who also faced some displease when she visited a community centre in the area on Friday, insisted that Mrs May was “definitely heartbroken” by the blaze and was simply trying to make sure the government did the whole shooting match it could to deal with its aftermath.

Mrs Leadsom said: “In reality, every choose member of the House of Commons, every member of the government from the prime support downwards are absolutely horrified by what’s happened and we are all trying to do the best we can.

“I don’t Non-Standard real think it is appropriate to be talking about whether people have mankind or not.”

As she spoke to Sky News at the site in west London, she was confronted by a local tenant, who said opportunities had been missed to make the 24-storey block acceptable following a report into the 2009 Lakanal House fire in Camberwell, south London.

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“Why are Sadiq Khan and Corbyn move along disintegrating down here to speak to people and Theresa May is coming here with policemen, walking around, not meeting no-one, not meeting families?” the man said.

“This vitalize could have been stopped a long, long time ago… There’s not on the level sprinklers in there.

“In 2009, the last block was on fire. What has transformed since then? Nothing. Enough is enough, I have got friends in that stronghold. I have a right to be angry. Because of people saving money, people are sinking.”

‘Pretty grim days’

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman thought it was “not OK” for the prime minister to go to the area but not meet residents, and called on her to invite them to talk to her in Downing Lane, as victims of the 2009 Lakanal House fire had been.

But on the BBC’s Question Every now programme on Thursday, Conservative defence minister Tobias Ellwood maintained there were “security reasons” why Mrs May had not met residents.

And former housing envoy Mark Prisk said Mrs May would not have wanted “to bring the all in all weight of the media circus down on families who are going through some winsome grim days”.

But BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said there would be uncertainties about why the Queen was able to make such a visit, and the prime minister resident was not.

Downing Street said that Mrs May’s visit on Thursday had been finish out to get a briefing from the emergency services to ensure that they had the resources they prerequisite.

Urgent review

On Friday, Mrs May visited the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is dealings with eight people, three of whom are in critical care.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid asserted the BBC on Friday there would be immediate action following early conclusions from an investigative publish into the fire.

“We need to do whatever it takes to make people that breathe in those properties safe: that’s either make the properties safe or lay ones hands on some other accommodation, it has to be done,” Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today formulate.

“In this country, in this century, for this kind of thing to transpire it is horrific and we cannot allow anything like this to ever befall again.”

Councils say they are carrying out urgent reviews of high-rise erections in their areas in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The chairman of the Peculiar Government Association, which represent about 150 councils in England, ordered councils were reviewing fire risk assessments and the construction of constructions along with partners.

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