United Kingdom government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

The Conservatives had been forced to delay this year's Queen's Speech as the party held discussions with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to thrash out an agreement on propping up the minority government.

Mounted police are reportedly at the scene.

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

"They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives", the prime minister said in a statement Friday. One woman told me she had escaped in only her top and underwear.

A former home secretary, responsible for policing and domestic security, May added: "Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the government is there for them at this bad time - and that is what I am determined to provide". The number of fatalities will rise over coming days and it will be impossible to identify many victims such was the ferocity of the fire.

This included the 30 already confirmed dead, according to Commander Stuart Cundy.

He said it was "humbling" to attend before meeting with many members of the congregation as well as other people who turned up to speak to him.

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", while adding that "it might be that some of those are safe and well", and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.

As of Friday morning, 24 patients remained in four hospitals, 12 in critical condition.

The streets around the tower block in north Kensington are plastered with posters begging for information about those who were in the building.

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The Chancellor said a criminal investigation into the fatal blaze, in which at least 58 people are feared to have died, will examine whether building regulations were breached when the block was overhauled.

Every family whose home was destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire will receive a down-payment of at least £5,500 on Monday.

Other victims have been named by their families.

Ms Saye was a well-known artist who was friends with the Tottenham MP David Lanny.

One of the victims was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother and was studying civil engineering.

Whole families are said to be among the missing, including Bassem Choukeir, his wife Nadia, her mother Sariyya and the couple's three daughters Mirna, Fatmeh and Zaynab. "This is our town".

Leading Eurosceptic MPs have told "The Telegraph" they are prepared to mount an immediate leadership challenge if May deviates from her original plan of a hard Brexit.

"What did she expect was going to happen".

"So there are two separate questions".

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