Cladding used in London's Grenfell Tower is 'banned in Britain'

Cladding used in London's Grenfell Tower is 'banned in Britain'

British Prime Minister Theresa May has sidestepped questions over her response to the disaster, after facing criticism of her reaction to the tragedy.

He said he was hopeful the meeting, which lasted almost two hours and was attended by victims, residents, community leaders and volunteers, was the starting point for a process of lasting change.

It tore through all floors of the building and took more than 200 firefighters and 24 hours to bring it under control.

In an interview, she was questioned over whether there was a need for the United Kingdom government to accept some responsibility for what had happened. But she said the welfare of her loved ones was more important.

Cundy said police will investigate the tower's refurbishment project, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze.

"I have heard the concerns and have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims' relatives and the survivors", she said. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss", she said.

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The London Evening Standard reported that hundreds of activists marched to the town hall and gathered outside the building on Friday chanting: "We want justice". "In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies".

Earlier this week, May was confronted by protesters furious over her handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster. "But we need to make sure that that actually happens".

The mayor for London has demanded for better help from the government in an open letter published on Twitter, adding that other people living in tower blocks were "terrified". "However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there", he said.

"We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said the Grenfell Tower disaster was a outcome of years of neglect by politicians. London police expect the death toll to rise further but said it could take months to search the burned-out building and identify the victims.

In a message released on her official birthday, she said people have been "resolute in the face of adversity" following recent tragedies in London and Manchester.

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