Akala says the Grenfell Tower residents 'died because they were poor'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Residents affected by the Grenfell Tower atrocity were passionate and angry during a lengthy exchange with the Prime Minister, a bishop who sat with them revealed.

Akala has spoken out for the residents of Grenfell Tower - arguing that those who lost their lives "died because they were poor".

All high-rise buildings in the area will be checked to ensure they comply with fire orders.

The protesters barged their way through an automatic door at Kensington and Chelsea council town hall and sought to gain entry to an upper floor.

"She should have been there with the residents".

As she spoke to Sky News at the site of the fire in west London, Mrs Leadsom was confronted by a local resident, who said opportunities had been missed to make the 24-storey block safe following a report into the 2009 Lakanal House fire in Camberwell, south London. The tower was home to around 140 flats, and the death toll is expected to rise.

Earlier, former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo said her meeting with the emergency services was "a good thing" but that she "should have been there with the residents".

"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends", he wrote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comforts a woman at St Clement's Church. "Hackney is once again at the forefront of resident safety with this fire sprinkler system, providing residents with an extra layer of safety in case the worst should happen".

He also reiterated the Government's promise to rehouse those displaced by the fire within three weeks, either in Kensington, or neighbouring boroughs.

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

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". Police have said it could take months to search the building and some victims might never be identified.

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