Theresa May apologises for shambolic response to Grenfell Tower disaster

Theresa May apologises for failure of state and poor support for Grenfell Tower fire victims

Theresa May has apologised (Stock image)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Theresa May has apologised to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in the House of Commons today (June 21).

Speaking after the Queen's Speech, the Prime Minister apologised for the "failure of the state" when people needed it most.

Many have criticised the Government for its handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, and the failure to rehouse those displaced.

May said that there had been "local and national" failures straight after the fire, The Independent reported. She continued: "Let me be absolutely clear, the support for the families on the ground in the initial hours was not good enough.

"People were left without belongings, without roofs over their heads, without even basic information about what had happened, what they should do and where they could seek help.

"That was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most.

"As Prime Minister, I apologise for that failure, and as Prime Minster I've taken responsibility  for doing what we can to put things right."

The Government has now put in place a £5 million emergency aid fund to help people affected by the fire, and earlier today it was announced that a total of 68 one and two-bed properties in a luxury development near Grenfell Tower had been purchased to rehouse some of those displaced.