Theresa May called a 'coward' after meeting Grenfell fire victims

Theresa May called a 'coward' after meeting Grenfell fire victims

She said: "It is also vital we can look at what can be done in the very early short term period to look at if there are things that need to be checked".

"Why is Theresa May coming down here with a load of police not meeting anyone?"

Huffington Post Politics editor Paul Waugh wrote this morning: "If Grenfell turns out to be a defining moment in our nation's modern history, the defining political image could well be that grainy, long-lens shot of a prime minister talking to emergency services but not to local people".

The Prime Minister spent nearly an hour speaking to patients and staff at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, a day after visiting the scene of the blaze in west London to talk to firefighters, police and other emergency workers.

Nadir, who is a member of the local mosque, made headlines when he joined a live interview with Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom on Friday.

"Corbyn came and met the people". This fire could have been stopped, a long, long, long time ago.

"There is basic stuff, there are not even sprinklers in there that cost £200,000 just to do that".

He said there was still "simmering anger" among residents as well as "hostility and concern" over whether it Downing Street might offer no more than "warm words".

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"She went to Grenfell Towers, she didn't speak to any residents". What has changed since then?

"I mean, it's too late to be honest, right now". Nothing. Enough is enough, I have got friends in that tower. "Because of people saving money, people are dying".

But Ms Leadsom faced a hostile crowd as she travelled to the area, with locals pointing the fact the recommendations of a public inquiry of a similar tower fire in south London were not acted on.

"Understandably, people are desperately traumatised and, yes, people are angry and that is totally understandable".

Mr Corbyn also defended Theresa May, who has come under criticism for her response to the tragedy, saying: "I think everybody cares to an extent, some to a deeper extent and some show empathy in a different way to others".

"The first person who spoke was a survivor from the 19th floor and - not quite my caricature of the Prime Minister - but to see her welling up, the response in the meeting, and to see her holding the hand of a sobbing lady next to her in the meeting was quite shocking I think to most of us there".

Government minister Tobias Ellwood suggested that security concerns had prevented Ms May from speaking to local people.

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