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UK MP warns of cover-up in London fire

UK MP warns of cover-up in London fire”

His remarks came as Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, insisted officials were on the ground "very soon" after the fire broke out following criticism from Prime Minister Theresa May, who said the support given to residents was "not good enough".

"The response of the emergency services, National Health Service, and the community has been heroic", Ms May said in a statement. She said Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. May has even been criticised from within her own Conservative Party for not doing so.

"I would like to ask anyone who was in Grenfell Tower that night, but for whatever reason has not told us they are safe to please call our Casualty Bureau", he said. Some 70 residents remain unaccounted for.

Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

Lee-Morris added: "There is so much tension, so much frustration in the community that we're hoping this can be the one place that people can truly come together, exchange their feelings, relate to people concerned what they have been through and we're hoping to provide that resting, calm environment".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets firefighters near the scene of the the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017.

The British police fired a stun gun at a man who reached for a knife as he ran towards officers at one of the gates to the Westminster parliament in central London yesterday, witnesses said.

"That's why I'm positive about it, because I think in the past local residents here have not always been listened to".

But she said the welfare of her loved ones was more important.

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Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hammond said: "My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the U.S., is also banned here".

"I'm not here to blame anyone, that's not my concern", she said.

He told BBC radio that the inquiry would have interim reports and "we want the response to be as fast as possible".

Yet at a meeting organised by local people on Saturday evening at Al Manar mosque, which is close to Grenfell Tower, residents spoke of their anger at being dispersed in different high-rise hotels from friends and neighbours, as well as a lack of information. The announcement comes as the government is accused of failing to improve fire safety in buildings, like Grenfell Tower, despite warnings.

"We've worked tirelessly to confirm the number of people who we believe were in the tower on the night and, at this time we can not assume they are safe and well", he said.

Queen Elizabeth, 91, and her grandson Prince William also visited residents and emergency workers on Friday. "It will also be a subject that the separate criminal investigation will be looking at". "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds.

Police have said the recovery process could take weeks, and warned some of the bodies may be too burned to be identified.

"Sadly, it is expected that the total will rise and it is not expected that any survivors will be found", he said.



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