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Theresa May expresses Grenfell regret

REGRET: Theresa May

THERESA MAY has admitted she should have met Grenfell Tower survivors in the immediate aftermath of the fire, saying not doing so was a mistake she will "always regret".

According to the Evening Standard the prime minister was criticised at the time for meeting with emergency service workers at the site but not with survivors who had lost everything in the blaze.

She said: "It was a tragedy unparalleled in recent history and, although many people did incredible work during and after the fire, it has long been clear that the initial response was not good enough.

“I include myself in that. The day after the disaster I made the first of a number of trips to the site, thanking the firefighters for their work and holding a short meeting with the team in charge of the response.

She added: "What I did not do on that first visit, was meet the residents and survivors who had escaped the blaze. But the residents of Grenfell Tower needed to know that those in power recognised and understood their despair.

"And I will always regret that by not meeting them that day, it seemed as though I didn’t care. That was never the case."

This week marks one year since the tragic blaze which killed 72 people.

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