Theresa May admits flaws in response to Grenfell Tower fire

Theresa May admits flaws in response to Grenfell Tower fire

The Prime Minister met former residents of the block privately

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Theresa May has admitted there were flaws in the response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Prime Minister attended a private meeting with former residents of the tower block, where she told them Kensington and Chelsea Council did not respond “quickly enough” after the incident.

Mrs May herself was criticised for visiting the site and only meeting with emergency services, but appears to have taken steps to rectify this with a meeting she called “dignified."

She revealed details of the meeting during a speech in Guildford, saying 60 or 70 people in attendance had told her their concerns.

The Prime Minister also told residents responsibility of the estate in which Grenfell Tower is located, Lancaster West, had been stripped from the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.

Mrs May said the reaction to this statement had been positive.

At least 80 people died in the tower fire in June.