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PM’s admission fails to impress Grenfell heckler

The man who heckled a Tory minister over the Prime Minister’s lack of action at the Grenfell Tower says that, despite Theresa May’s admission that more should have been done to help victims , nothing has changed.

Nadir, who is a member of the local mosque, made headlines when he joined a live interview with Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom on Friday.

He wanted to know why the Prime Minister had not visited victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and why nothing was done to prevent the fire despite warnings about the building’s safety.

On Saturday evening Mrs May admitted that the response to the crisis had “not been good enough” and promised swift action.

But Nadir said it was all too little too late.

He told Sky News: “I’ve looked at what she’s said and read it all.

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“I mean, it’s too late to be honest, right now.

“Why wasn’t this done in the beginning? Why wasn’t this done when she was here on the first day?

“It’s frustrating, I mean, we’re talking about people’s lives here.

“No one is going to bring them back but this could have been solved a long, long time ago.”

Nadir said: “I’m angry at the state of the tower.

Extensive damage is seen to the Grenfell Tower block which was destroyed in a disastrous fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017
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Extensive damage is seen to the Grenfell Tower block

“The state of the tower is why the fire spread so quickly but I’m also angry at the reaction and how the situation was handled and what Theresa May has not done.

“Why has it taken until now for her to speak?”

On Friday, Nadir had tackled Mrs Leadsom over why sprinklers had not been fitted in Grenfell Tower during a recent £8.6m refurbishment.

She had said: “The ministers are looking carefully at all of the implications, whether there are quick wins that can be done, in which case they will be done, and of course the longer-term policies.”

Nadir replied: “Enough is enough. I’ve got friends in that tower, I’ve got a right to be angry.”

Special programme on the Grenfell Tower fire
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Special programme on the Grenfell Tower fire

The Prime Minister had come under attack for visiting the scene of the disaster on Thursday but not meeting survivors or residents. Her aides said the purpose of her visit was to get a briefing from emergency services.

Later on Friday, she had visited victims of the fire who are being treated at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

On Saturday afternoon, Mrs May met victims, volunteers and community leaders at Downing Street for several hours.


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