Credit has poured in for Jeremy Corbyn’s statesmanlike response to the Grenfell Tower disaster which has claimed at least 17 lives and left hundreds of people homeless.
The Labour leader was pictured at the scene today hugging victims of the tragedy and meeting with local resident at St Clement’s Church in west London.
Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with emergency service crews but reportedly refused to meet any survivors of the tragedy and blocked media access.
The decision was taken due to “security reasons”, the Independent reported, but local residents were furious that she did not stop to listen to their concerns.
His stature has grown immeasurably. If you didn’t know any better, you’d assume he was our Prime Minister. Hopefully one day he will be. ❤️? pic.twitter.com/a5uKa5ulWc
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 15, 2017
Mr Corbyn told reporters after the visit: “Some very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered.
“The fire is not supposed to spread from one flat to another, it’s supposed to be contained. It wasn’t – it spread and it spread upwards and it spread outside as well through the cladding.
“Questions on the sprinkler system, questions on the fire breaks, questions on why the cladding apparently burnt, questions on building control regulations, questions on the safety.
“Hundreds of thousands of people in our country live in tower blocks, very high-rise tower blocks. Every single person who lives in a high-rise apartment today is going to be thinking, ‘How safe am I?”‘