Guardian: Grenfell Tower fire: protesters march as anger mounts over disaster response – as it happened

Here’s a summary of the latest news:

  • More than 70 people remain unaccounted for after the Grenfell Tower blaze and 30 are confirmed dead, it has been revealed. The death toll likely to rise further.
  • Hundreds of protesters angry at the government’s handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster descended on the offices of Kensington town hall before marching back to the scene.
  • A second protest began outside the department for communities and local government in Marsham Street. People then marched through central London chanting “justice for Grenfell”.
  • May announced £5m in handouts as well as support with housing to victims following a visit to the scene where she was heckled and required police protection.
  • A peaceful candlelit vigil was held near the tower to remember the victims.
  • The prime minister later appeared on BBC’s Newsnight where she was grilled by Emily Maitlis on her response to the fire. Her robot-like responses have been slammed in social media.
  • A fire investigation report will not be released publicly until the opening of full inquests into those who have died – which could take years.

In one of the most tense parts of the encounter, Maitlis told the PM: “You misread the public mood on this one. You misread the anger that people feel about this.

“They shouted coward after you this afternoon when you left St Clement’s.”

May answered:

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

Maitlis interjected: “But that’s three days on, prime minister, this is Friday evening. They needed those things in place on Wednesday.

Full Story: www.theguardian.com

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