Theresa May sidesteps questions about response to Grenfell Tower disaster


Theresa May was so moved by the stories of Grenfell victims during her meetings with them this weekend that she was "welling up", according to a reverend who was there.

Nadir, who is a member of the local mosque, made headlines when he joined a live interview with Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom on Friday.

The PM had been widely criticised for her response in the aftermath of the tragedy.

"Clearly it's quite unprecedented for 16 very ordinary people, who this time last week were walking their dogs or talking to each other in the streets around here and north Kensington, actually to be in 10 Downing Street talking face-to-face with the prime minister", he said.

Another former minister told the newspaper: "If she weakened on Brexit, the world would fall in. all hell would break loose".

"Theresa May was here, but she didn't speak to any of us".

She has promised a £5m support fund and more staff deployed across the area to assist the bereaved families.

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Heidi Allen, the MP for South Cambridgeshire, gave a similar message stating that the public wanted "a leader and a party that will carry us through this most turbulent of periods but care about the little man".

Chancellor Philip Hammond was asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday how long he thinks Theresa May has got.

Confidence in May is at an all-time low after she failed to secure a majority in the general election and following the backlash she received for her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, with now at least 58 people missing and presumed dead. "They shouted coward at you this afternoon when you left St Clement's".

The Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin, who also attended the talks, said "strong words were said". "There was passion, there was anger, but there was good, hard, reasoned argument used by the residents".

Dr Tomlin said he believed residents left the meeting feeling "reassured that they were listened to". May did delay talks with the DUP on Wednesday and if she had watched TV pictures of the fire raging she should have known the scale of the tragedy - that the police's first death toll of six that emerged on Wednesday evening was a fraction of the true extent of the victims.

Mr Green said the probe will look at whether sprinklers should be retrofitted to tower blocks and the Government will "follow the recommendations of the public inquiry".

Residents whose homes were destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire will receive a Government down-payment of at least £5,500 from Monday, Downing Street has announced.