British PM to meet fire survivors in Downing St


Some desperate residents pleaded to speak to the queen and her grandson about their plight and the fate of missing children as they left the site, with William promising he would return. Thirty of the victims are confirmed dead.

The death toll is expected to rise with dozens still missing. And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the cladding, which has been blamed for spreading the fire, is banned in Britain.

Families who have lost their homes must be supported, he said, grieving people must be helped and lessons must be learned following the tragedy, including ensuring it is not "so hard" for those who need help to find it.

Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Haj Ali is one of the first identified victims.

Kensington and Chelsea council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown, meanwhile, insisted to the BBC officials had "been working around the clock since Wednesday". He said he was "heartbroken by the tragic fire and the appalling loss of life".

The statement came after May met volunteers and some of the people made homeless by the fire.

Located in the wealthy Kensington neighbourhood, the 24-storey public housing building and its 600 residents stood in stark contrast to the world around them.

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Residents caught up in the fire have previously condemned the relief effort as "absolute chaos".

"The scale of this tragedy is clearly proving too much for the local authority to cope with on their own", Mr Khan said in an open letter to Ms May.

British outlets said May struggled to offer support or leadership in the wake of the blaze, accusing her of lacking emotional intelligence and calling her "Maybot".

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.

A woman places a candle amongst floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower on Saturday. "He didn't come with a bunch of one even saw her".

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of protesters gathered in Whitehall to call for her resignation.

The tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London earlier this week has caused a great deal of shock and anger.

British authorities are launching a criminal investigation into the London apartment building fire - as the death toll from the blaze has almost doubled, to 30.