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Theresa May sidesteps questions about response to Grenfell Tower disaster

Theresa May sidesteps questions about response to Grenfell Tower disaster

Days after losing her government majority and in the midst of negotiations with the DUP, Mrs May initially refused to meet survivors.

She returned to the site today, this time meeting victims and residents, but was met with cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as she left under heavy police escort.

He is hopeful the two-and-a-half hour meeting, attended by victims, residents, community leaders and volunteers, was the starting point for a process of "lasting change".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has "10 days to save her job" as some of her party lawmakers are secretly plotting her ouster, according to United Kingdom media reports.

Some commentators have likened her response to Grenfell to George W Bush's "Katrina moment", when the former United States president initially surveyed the hurricane-devastated land from Air Force One. "The tower block is more strong and stable than that woman's government".

The pressure on May comes as Eurosceptic Conservatives also threatened to oust her as prime minister if she attempted to water down Brexit, with some seeing the general election result as a backlash to "hard Brexit".

"Something bad has happened", she answered. "People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".

Another minister close to Ms May said: "She had better stop feeling sorry for herself, pull up her socks and start to lead - and if she can't do that she should go".

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There has been mounting anger among demonstrators, with dozens storming Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday afternoon, many shouting "we want an inquest" and "we want justice".

Sky News understands that around 70 people are missing, feared dead. Four-hundred-or-so people, still a lot of them have not got somewhere decent, safe or secure to stay in.

Sophie #Khan, who represented the residents of the Lakanal House fire tragedy has advised Grenfell residents to demand an inquest rather than accept the public inquiry announced by Theresa May on Wednesday.

He told the Press Association: "I'm positive because I think it was a real chance for local residents, people affected by this tragedy, to voice their concerns directly to the Prime Minister so that she could hear them".

"I think everybody cares to an extent, some to a deeper extent and some show empathy in a different way to others", he said.

While denying the row represented a threat to Mrs May's leadership, Mrs Leadsom admitted that the Prime Minister was "trying to get a grip" of the situation.

"Other money may be needed for longer term restoration", he added.


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