Theresa May faces calls of 'shame on you' and 'coward'
16 June 2017 National News
The Prime Minister has been confronted by angry crowds after meeting victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington.
Mrs May had received criticism after visiting the scene of the blaze on Thursday, but
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.
During her visit – which lasted less than an hour – she also spoke to volunteers and community leaders at St Clement’s Church.
One woman wept, saying it was because the Prime Minister had declined to speak to those waiting outside to speak to her.
A man in the crowd commented: “What did she bring, what useful things did she bring? The tower block is more strong and stable than that woman’s government.”
Scuffles broke out in the crowd as the Prime Minister’s car drove away from the scene of the disaster.
Earlier in the afternoon, dozens of shouting “we want justice” and “not 17” – referring to the previous official number of dead which has since risen to 30.
Organisers appealed for calm as hundreds of people – some of them holding posters of the missing – surrounded the building demanding answers from the council over the deaths.
As Mrs May was visiting the scene, the Government announced that a £5m fund would be made available to pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs.
Earlier in the day, Commons Leader where she was repeatedly challenged by angry residents, some who yelled: “Meet the victims!”
She was forced to answer questions over why the Prime Minister hadn’t met survivors during her earlier visit.
Nadir, 24, who has friends in Grenfell Tower, said: “At least she (Theresa May) could’ve met the victims, (Jeremy) Corbyn was a good man… he came and met the people.
“He didn’t come with a bunch of police… no one even saw her.”
While denying the row represented a threat to Mrs May’s leadership, she admitted that the Prime Minister was “trying to get a grip” of the situation.
She went on to say that anger at the disaster was “totally understandable”, and that ministers were looking at both “quick wins” and “longer-term policies”.