Sadiq accuses Theresa May of 'letting down' Grenfell victims


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused Theresa May of “letting down” the victims of Grenfell and called on her successor to prioritise improving fire safety.

The Mayor said the Prime Minster’s reference to helping survivors in her resignation speech “beggars belief” and Government changes to fire safety regulations have not gone far enough.

He made the comments when facing questions from members of the London Assembly at City Hall this morning.

Mrs May is set to leave Downing Street next week, with former London Mayor Boris Johnson the favourite to replace.

Mr Khan said he must use his experiences as London Mayor to help the survivors, and learn from Theresa May’s mistakes.

The important point is to hope that the next Prime Minister doesn’t look down on the victims of fires in tower blocks.

I think the current Prime Minister has let down the Grenfell community. I think for her to use Grenfell Tower in her final resignation speech beggars belief.

“I hope the next Prime Minster will learn from his experiences as Mayor, but also learn from mistakes made by Prime Minster Theresa May and address concenrs around fire safety.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

A public inquiry into the causes of the Grenfell fire has started and will begin its second phase in autumn.

Flammable cladding has been blamed for the blaze and the Government put under pressure to crackdown on dangerous materials.

The Government has introduced laws banning certain combustible materials on newly built high-rise buildings, though the rules do not apply for buildings under 18 metres-tall.

Mr Khan added: “The Government promised urgent action to make everyone safe. More than two years later the buildings regulation system is simply unfit for purpose.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said:

There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their homes and that those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy receive the support they need.

Public safety is paramount and within days of the Grenfell Tower fire a comprehensive Building Safety Programme was put in place to ensure residents of high-rise properties are always kept safe.

At the same time, we’re supporting the bereaved, survivors and their families of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and have already committed over £100 million towards this.

– Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesperson