Prime Minister breaks promise to keep Grenfell Tower survivors in the area

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

UPDATED 7.01AM: British Prime Minister Theresa May has been rushed away under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you" after she met residents who live near a tower block in London where at least 30 people died in a fire.

After meeting with Grenfell survivors on Friday, May announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund to help them and expressed sorrow for their plight.

The Grenfell Tower, which housed some 600 people in about 120 apartments, is in a low-rent housing estate next to one of the most affluent areas of Britain.

Officials said due to the nature of their deaths, it's possible all of the victims of the fire might not be conclusively identified.

Following the meeting, May issued in a statement in which she acknowledged that "support on the ground for families that needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

Cundy promised an exhausting investigation into the tragedy. He says "my heart goes out to those affected".

May also said that she has set a deadline of three weeks for all the survivors of the Grenfell fire to be placed in new housing.

But a report by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Director of Housing just 11 months ago said the tower's safety credentials were exemplary.

May failed to win an outright majority in the June snap election and is now battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her government. Police have established a security cordon around the building to protect public safety and allow searchers easy access to the wrecked building.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with survivors of the London high-rise fire at her Downing Street office. There has been growing public anger at the government's initial response to the disaster's aftermath and reports that external paneling put up during a recent renovation contributed to the flames' rapid spread.

"Mohammed undertook a unsafe journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home", the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement. Hundreds of others have been left homeless and dozens are missing.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited with people affected by the fire Friday at a makeshift gathering place to counsel friends and relatives.

The latest figure included the 30 already confirmed to have died in the devastating fire on Wednesday. British health authorities say that 19 patients are still being treated at four London hospitals.

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed fury at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.

East Sussex-based Harley Facades Ltd fitted the panels at Grenfell as part of the £8.6 million partial refurbishment which was completed under lead contractor Rydon last summer.

There have been demands for answers as to how the blaze was able to engulf the building, trapping many on the upper floors.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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