Jeremy Corbyn has said the “truth has got to come out and it will” after the Grenfell Tower fire .
The Labour leader visited St Clement’s Church on Thursday (June 15) afternoon, where volunteers have set up a refuge centre after the tragedy, and volunteers and community leaders showed him the donations that have been pouring in.
“It’s great that you’re in place,” he told them, as he praised the community spirit on display
He hugged one woman as she told him about a missing 12-year-old girl who had been on the 20th floor of the tower.
When asked about an investigation into the circumstances of the fire, he replied: “We have to get to the bottom of this.
“The truth has got to come out and it will.”
The Labour leader, speaking a week after the country voted in the general election, later told reporters: “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?’”
The Labour leader then praised the emergency services, and especially fire fighters.
He said: “They have done everything they could.
“They are now traumatised, finding bodies, and they are going to have to find more bodies as they go into this charred wreckage of a building later on this afternoon and today.
And addressing the community spirit he added: “Everyone has given their support and I think that’s quite incredible.”
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