Corbyn says council did not have resources to tackle London fire

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.

The London police said yesterday that at least 58 people were assumed to have lost their lives in the fire, out of which 30 were confirmed dead and 28 were missing and presumed dead. The toll is expected to rise.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch. "The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

A massive fire raced through the 24-story high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday.

The fire has been a major test for Prime Minister Theresa May, whose Conservative Party is clinging to power after losing majority control of Parliament to a Labour surge in a snap election this month.

Another man, who did not give his name, told police: "It's not your fault, she shouldn't have come".

Police bundled the British premier into a waiting auto amid angry shouts of "coward" from protestors.

The London Evening Standard reported that hundreds of activists marched to the town hall and gathered outside the building on Friday chanting: "We want justice".

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After meeting with Grenfell survivors on Friday, Ms May announced a 5 million pound (AUS$8 million) fund to help them and expressed sorrow for their plight. Police say the harrowing search for remains had been paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blacked tower but has resumed.

A woman places a candle amongst floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower on Saturday. She has also launching a public inquiry into the fire, demanding that Londoners "deserve answers". The long-term consequences need to be addressed now, they said.

The Wednesday blaze has so far killed 58 people while many other residents still remain unaccounted for.

The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the hard process of identifying human remains continues.

The Home Office said late Saturday night it will make arrangements for the family of Mohammad Alhajali to "travel to the these terribly sad circumstances".

As the protesters sought to gain entry to an upper floor, police tried to bar their way.

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

Following the meeting, May released a strongly-worded statement in which she said on-the-ground support for families in the immediate aftermath of the blaze "was not good enough".

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