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Grenfell Tower painting given to PM by survivors ‘will hang in Downing Street’

Families met Theresa May and she was presented with art depicting Grenfell Tower. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA

A painting of Grenfell Tower is to be displayed in Downing Street after being presented to the Prime Minister at a meeting with survivors and families.

Theresa May spoke with a group of people affected by the fire tragedy at Number 10 on Thursday evening.

Among them was artist Damel Carayol, who lost his niece in the fire and presented the PM with a print of his painting “Grenfell Tower: Eyesore!! Final Straw”.

A message to Mrs May written down the side of the picture read: “Given from a good place with a righteous message. We all hope and pray that nothing like this will ever happen again.”

After speaking to the group of people on Thursday night, the Prime Minister agreed that a panel of experts will sit alongside a judge at the Grenfell Tower disaster inquiry.

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It comes ahead of Monday's Commons debate on the Grenfell fire, which ripped through the west London tower block last June, killing 71 people.

Mr Carayol told Sky News that the painting was “a painful expression of anger”.

Explaining his decision to present it to the PM, he said: “It is coming from nowhere malicious, but to say `Yourself and everybody else is in office precisely for a reason like this – if I don’t do my job properly, something like this could happen’.”

A Downing Street spokesman said the painting would go through the usual process for any artwork given to Number 10 to decide “where best it fits”.

Asked if it would be displayed somewhere in the building, he said: “Yes, that’s my understanding.”

The spokesman said Mrs May told the meeting that the Grenfell fire in June last year was an “unimaginable tragedy which should never have happened”.