Jeremy Corbyn calls for rich people's empty homes to be seized for Grenfell Tower residents

Jeremy Corbyn calls for empty homes owned by rich to be seized for Grenfell Tower residents

Jeremy Corbyn says Kensington is a tale of two cities (Stock image)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn is calling for empty homes owned by the rich in Kensington to be seized to house those left homeless after the Grenfell Tower fire.

He claimed that the borough is a "tale of two cities" as those in the south are among the wealthiest in the country while those in the north are poor, according to The Telegraph.

The Labour leader went on to say: “The ward where this fire took place is, I think, the poorest ward in the whole country and properties must be found, requisitioned if necessary, to make sure those residents do get re-housed locally.

“It can’t be acceptable that in London we have luxury buildings and luxury flats left empty as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live. We have to address these issues.”

The Government has already said that it will ensure homes for people from the tower block are found in the local area.

The Prime Minister has also announced that an inquiry will take place into the fire.

But despite this, members of the public became angry with Theresa May yesterday as she visited the site to talk to the emergency services, but failed to meet any local residents.

This is something that Corbyn did when he visited the site, and was pictured hugging a woman who was searching for a missing 12-year-old.

When Theresa May was asked why she didn't meet residents, she responded: "I wanted a briefing from the emergency services. They've been working tirelessly in horrific conditions and I have been overwhelmed by their professionalism and their bravery."

London mayor Sadiq Khan also visited the area but was met with anger by some people. A boy asked "how many children have died? What are you going to do about it?"

He replied: "People are justifiably angry and I share their anger and I share their demand for answers."

A Jeremy Corbyn supporter also heckled him about not supporting the Labour leader and some reports claim a bottle was thrown towards him.