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United Kingdom royals honor London fire victims as anger mounts

Britain-London-Fire-23 United Kingdom royals honor London fire victims as anger mounts
Steve Phelps | 20 June, 2017, 00:40

An additional public inquiry set up by the government will determine if building regulations had been broken.

"Whilst it will look at the how, perhaps more importantly, it will also look at why this happened", Cundy said.

Residents of the destroyed tower said May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes.

The death toll in the horrific fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower in west London rose to 30 on Friday amid fears that it could climb to over 100 in one of the worst fire tragedies in the country.

If the number is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two. The toll had previously been put at 30.

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".

Jonathan Lum, an advertising executive who lives on the 57th floor of a glittering Manhattan tower designed by Frank Gehry, said if a fire breaks out there, he will heed the wisdom of the fire department and stay in his apartment, but partly because he lives in a building constructed in the past decade.

The horrifying fire in West London on Wednesday was bound to have an impact on a country already shaken by three terrorist attacks in three months, a political crisis that has followed the Brexit vote, and the recent general election that not only provided no clear victor but deprived Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party of its political mandate.

Residents will be given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday.

Corbyn said that empty luxury properties in Kensington should be taken over by the government to save people who lost their homes in the fire from having to leave the area. "We ask at this time that our family are left to grieve in private".

"I felt a little bit anxious, ' Alfie told the Press Association when quizzed about what he had seen reported in the news".

Her First Secretary of State, Damian Green, defended the prime minister, saying she was as "distraught as we all are".

Labour Party lawmaker David Lammy said the government and the police should immediately seize all documents relating to the building's renovation to prevent the destruction of evidence that could show criminal wrongdoing. "We're all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected".

But when May went to the site of the fire Thursday, she stayed for only 15 minutes, declining to meet with any survivors or families.

One banner showed a drawing of May with the words "Shame" and "Disgrace".

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

Such a direct message from the monarch is rare and indicated the extent of the nation's turmoil.

May answered: "What I have done since this incident took place is first of all yesterday ensure that the public services had the support they needed in order to do the job they were doing in the immediate aftermath".

Her failure to win a majority in an election she did not need to call had already sparked a tumultuous week and pitched Britain into its deepest political crisis since the Brexit referendum a year ago.

May met with victims Friday and promised the government would respond, following criticism directed at how her government has handled the situation.

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"Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", Parris wrote in the Times.

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