Minute's silence to be held for Grenfell Tower victims

20 June, 2017, 13:51 | Author: Valerie Burke

Because of the intensity of the blaze, some may never be identified.

The Mail on Sunday says Theresa May is "fighting for her political life on two fronts" as she apologised for her response to the Grenfell Tower fire while facing an MPs' rebellion over Brexit.

The silence was also observed at Government buildings across the country.

Commander of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Cundy said in a statement that a recovery operation, which was briefly suspended for security reasons, had been resumed and family liaison officers were dealing with 52 families.

Protesters are demanding to know why long-standing fire safety concerns raised by a tenants' group about the public housing tower, tucked in the city's ritzy North Kensington neighborhood, had not been addressed.

"The response of the emergency services, NHS and the community has been heroic". May has come under personal attack for failing to meet residents during her first visit to the site.

"Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", Parris wrote in the Times.

The fire has come at a particularly hard time for Prime Minister Theresa May, who was weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election and faces arduous talks on Britain's exit from the European Union.

She said local people were protesting the salaries of top civil servants, pay packages which Ms Allison said were "disconcerting and troubling".

She had previously ordered daily updates on how the rehousing plans for residents were progressing and promised all Grenfell residents' legal costs in the public inquiry would be covered.

He told ITV's Peston on Sunday: "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do". The fire has led to national soul-searching about inequalities and neglect of the poor.

Cundy said that the number of those missing and presumed dead could rise.

"That is also an absolute priority for the investigation - to establish who they may be".

"Whilst it will look at the how, perhaps more importantly, it will also look at why this happened", Cundy said.

The Home Office said late Saturday night it will make arrangements for the family of Mohammad Alhajali to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances".

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the final death toll.

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze.

Residents of the destroyed tower said Ms May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe and that officials failed to give enough information and support to those who lost relatives and their homes.

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