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Grenfell Tower fire: MP says Royal remark was joke and calls for focus to help survivors

Emma Dent Coad commented on the millions being spent to renovate Buckingham Palace while survivors of the fire remained in 'pokey' hotel rooms

The Kensington MP criticised for her comments on Princes William and Harry and other members of the Royal family has said they were made in joke.

A statement released by Emma Dent Coad went on to highlight the multi-million pound refurbishment work being carried out at Buckingham Palace, while survivors of the Grenfell Fire, within her constituency, have been “abandoned in pokey hotel rooms”.

She said it was time to “look at the real issues facing us now”.

It was claimed that Ms Dent Coad, elected to Kensington in one of the shocks of this year’s General Election , mocked the princes while at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

She is alleged to have claimed Prince Harry could not fly a helicopter after failing his exam several times, and that his brother, the next in line to the throne, was “not very bright”.

In her statement, released from her Twitter account on Thursday (September 28) she said: “On Monday night I made a joke. It has been taken the wrong way. Can we look at the real issues facing us now?”

She goes on to reference the full council meeting, held on Wednesday (September 27), in which volunteers revealed survivors of the fire have been left feeling desperate and suicidal because over their housing situation.

Ms Dent Coad highlighted the money being spent on refurbishing Buckingham Palace while Grenfell survivors remained in hotels

She also mentioned the baby who was taken sick after being given out of date milk at The Curve assistance centre.

She said: “The government has recently found £.3bn to restore Buckingham Palace , a palace with 52 Royal and guest bedrooms and over 188 staff bedrooms.

“It is lived in by just three members of Royal family.

“In addition the government finds £.3bn a year in total to support the Royal family, including millions to refurbish apartments for their use in Kensington Palace.

“Meanwhile, a short walk away, survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have been abandoned in pokey hotel rooms for 15 weeks because there are no homes available for them.

“Where is the £20m raised from donations, and where is the help people so desperately need?

“Will we have to face a round of death and suicides before the government wakes up to this second tragedy caused by the council, takes command, and pledges full funded support via appointed commissioners for survivors of this avoidable atrocity.

“People are angry. I am angry too. And I will highlight these issues loud, clear and often until they are addressed.”

A council spokesman said it was "urgently investigating" the allegation about the out-of-date baby milk, saying it was the first they had heard about it at the full council meeting this week.

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