London fire: Bishop describes residents' angry meeting with May

Danny Woods
June 19, 2017

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Residents affected by the Grenfell Tower atrocity were passionate and angry during a lengthy exchange with Theresa May, according to a bishop who sat with them.

Theresa May has sidestepped questions over her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, after facing criticism of her reaction to the tragedy.

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 bad has happened".

The MP said she was there as the leader of the Commons and represented all MPs.

Huffington Post Politics editor Paul Waugh wrote this morning: "If Grenfell turns out to be a defining moment in our nation's modern history, the defining political image could well be that grainy, long-lens shot of a prime minister talking to emergency services but not to local people".

"We are already releasing funds to take care of the immediate needs of those affected as well as other support".

"There was real anger expressed at what the residents and survivors perceived as a lack of coordination on the ground, lack of communication and very little reassurance".

The down-payment is part of a £5m support fund established by the Government in the wake of Wednesday's fire.

At least 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the blaze that broke out in the early hours, catching many families in their sleep.

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The tragedy in a social housing complex in Britain's wealthiest borough has become a symbol of inequality in the country, stoking tensions after seven years of Tory austerity.

Dozens of protesters stormed the town hall on Fridayshouting "we want justice" and "not 17" - referring to the previously announced official number of dead, which has now risen to 30.

For the Prime Minister, it has added to her problems, following a failed election gamble and an increasingly weak grip on her party.

But that met with an angry response, with one man saying: "Why privately?"

Help will be given to residents who do not have bank accounts.

"There was passion, there was anger, but there was good, hard, reasoned argument used by the residents".

Labour's Corbyn, who unlike May was quick to meet local residents and was praised for showing empathy, led calls for the government to drop its spending cuts - demands that Hammond said he was listening to.

Dr Tomlin said he believed residents left the meeting feeling "reassured that they were listened to". "The tower block is more strong and stable than that woman's government".

The man said: "Why are Sadiq Khan and Corbyn coming down here to speak to people and Theresa May is coming here with police, walking around, not meeting no-one, not meeting families?"

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