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May meeting Grenfell victims in Downing Street

17 June 2017 National News


Theresa May is meeting victims, community leaders and volunteers from the Grenfell fire disaster in Downing Street.

It is her second meeting with those affected by Wednesday morning’s inferno, by London’s Fire Brigade Commissioner.

The Prime Minister for not going to talk to victims until Friday, as some in a crowd shouted “coward” and “shame on you” following a visit with survivors at a church.

Mrs May as part of a “comprehensive package” of support for victims.

The No 10 meeting comes after Mrs May finished chairing an emergency session of the Grenfell Recovery Task Force.

The cross-Government group are coordinating the immediate and long-term response to the west London blaze that has so far claimed 30 people’s lives. The number of dead is expected to rise significantly as authorities confirm and identify the deceased.

  1. Mariem Elgwahry

    Mariem Elgwahry lived on the 19th floor of the tower block

  2. Ali Yawar Jafari

    Ali Yawar Jafari

    Ali Yawar Jafari is 82 years old and reported missing by his family

  3. Jessica Urbano

    Jessica Urbano

    Jessica Urbano is just 12-years old. Director Noel Clarke tweeted an appeal for information on the teen

  4. Mohamed 'Saber' Neda. Pic: Reshad Habib

    Mohamed 'Saber' Neda. Pic: Reshad Habib

    Mohamed ‘Saber’ Neda was last heard from at 3am, trapped in the kitchen of his top floor flat

  5. Khadija Saye lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower

    Khadija Saye lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower

    Khadija Saye, a local artist, is currently exhibiting some of her work in Venice

  6. Mary Mendy, who is in her late 50s, was in her 20th floor flat with daughter Khadija Saye

    Mary Mendy, who is in her late 50s, was in her 20th floor flat with daughter Khadija Saye

    Mary Mendy, who is in her late 50s, was in her 20th floor flat with daughter Khadija Saye

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As part of the £5m fund, the support measures include:

:: Residents of Grenfell Tower will be rehoused at the earliest possible opportunity, within three weeks at the latest.

:: People will be rehoused as close as possible to their previous address, either in Kensington and Chelsea borough or a neighbouring borough, in order for them to access their same schools and GPs.

:: The cost of temporary accommodation will be covered until they are rehoused, with the Government also providing cash for any extra expense incurred by children travelling to their local school.

A Downing Street spokesman said the PM had “sent her best wishes” to the Queen, who is celebrating her 91st official birthday.

Mrs May was not seen at the traditional Trooping the Colour celebrations held outside Buckingham Palace, as the Queen marked her birthday .

The Queen and Prince Philip

Image: The Queen and Prince Philip at the Monarch’s birthday celebrations

The Monarch praised Britons for staying “resolute in the face of adversity” after three terror attacks and the Kensington fire.

Mrs May had made two trips to Grenfell Tower, once to meet the emergency services and a second time to meet victims, including in hospital and at a church.


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