Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hugged and comforted distraught relatives, praised emergency services. He also vowed to pursue ‘the truth’ behind the Grenfell Tower fire.
Mr Corbyn has received huge praise from the public and ministers over his response to the Grenfell Tower inferno. Even Piers Morgan is praising Mr Corbyn as a shining example of “true leadership”. It is the opposite of what Conservatives leader Theresa May is getting for her ‘cold response’ to the victims and relatives.
The Labour leader mingled with families, rescue workers and volunteers during a visit to the scene on Thursday 15 June. He was said to have stayed there for about an hour. Theresa May’s brief appearance, in which she didn’t meet a single resident, lasted just over 10 minutes.
Mr Corbyn embraced a tearful relative who was handling out posters appealing for information about missing 12-year-old Jessica Urbano. Jessica was last seen on the tower’s 20th floor.
He praised the ‘incredible community response, the donations of food and clothing, all faiths coming together in support’.
The opposition leader declared: ‘The truth has got to come out, and it will’.
Very hard questions must be answered
He insisted that ‘some very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered’.
‘Questions on the sprinkler system, on the fire breaks, on why the cladding apparently burnt, questions on the fire regulations and questions on the safety. Answers have to be given to these questions to give safety and security to people all over the country’.
Community representative Ishmael Blagrove told Mr Corbyn: ‘This country needs you – somebody has to be held accountable. We don’t want the government to kick this into the long grass’.
Mr Corbyn said: ‘We will speak up for this community and we will speak up with this community. Hundreds of thousands of people live in high-rise tower blocks. Every single person who does is going to be asking, how safe am I?’
He vowed to put pressure on the government over a failure to heed a coroner’s call for all blocks to have sprinkler systems.