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World British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

11:57  16 june  2017
11:57  16 june  2017 Source:   reuters.com

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LONDON : British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday for not meeting the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze , ratcheting up the pressure as she tries to strike a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May faced increasing criticism on Friday for not meeting survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze as she scrambled for a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday for not meeting the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze, ratcheting up the pressure as she tries to strike a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May faced increasing criticism on Friday for not meeting survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze as she scrambled for a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

The confirmed death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire in London has risen to 30, with 12 people still in a critical condition in hospital, police said. It is a public housing unit in the North Kensington neighborhood of London – one of the British capital’s most affluent areas.

May promised to hold a public inquiry into a fire that killed at least 17 people when it engulfed a 24-storey social housing block in West London, expressing her sorrow in a televised statement after meeting with the emergency services.

But unlike opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was confronted by a young boy asking "How many children died?", May did not meet with residents, prompting criticism from locals, media and within her Conservative party.

"She wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn't use her humanity," former cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

"She should have been there with the residents. You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people," he said.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday for not meeting with the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze , ratcheting up the pressure as she tries to strike a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday for not meeting the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze . May promised to hold a public inquiry into a fire that killed 17 people when it engulfed a 24-storey social housing block in West London

When asked on Thursday about why she did not meet residents or visit a local community center, May said she wanted to visit the scene of the incident to be briefed by the emergency services.

The Sun newspaper said 65 people are now feared dead or missing in the fire. London police expect the death toll to rise further but said it could take months to search the burned-out building and identify the victims.

On Friday, British newspapers heightened their criticism of the government, saying there were a series of unanswered issues including as to whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread.

"Three lethal questions," headlined the right-wing Daily Mail newspaper, which backed May's Conservatives in last week's national election, saying ministers faced disturbing questions over the disaster.

Local government minister Sajid Javid, responsible for housing policy, defended May for not meeting with those affected by the disaster:

"What she wanted to do was to speak to the people working on the ground on the recovery operation, the rescue operation to make sure that they've got everything they want and see how she could help," he told Sky news.

After May failed to win an outright majority in a snap election last week, she is battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her government.

(Additional reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

PM: Cladding similar to one in London tower blaze found on 600 buildings .
About 600 high-rise blocks in England have been fitted with cladding similar to that used on the London tower in which 79 died in a fire, Theresa May’s office said.Tests are being carried out on samples from blocks across the country at the rate of 100 a day, May told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Thursday as she urged all landlords to submit their properties for checks.

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