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London Mayor condemns May's ‘utterly shameful’ response to Grenfell

SADIQ KHAN has condemned Theresa May’s “utterly shameful” response to the Grenfell fire tragedy.

Speaking to delegates at the GMB’s annual congress in Brighton the Mayor of London discussed how the June 2017 fire “shone a light” on the “stark, growing inequality” in Britain.

He said: “In her resignation speech Theresa May held up her response to Grenfell as one of her biggest achievements.

“Nothing could be further from the truth.

“The reality is that the dismal lack of action from her government has been utterly shameful.”

He said that the fire, which cost the lives of 72 people, should have “fundamentally changed the way the government treated social housing.

“It should have led to an immediate commitment that we never again have a situation where people like the working-class immigrant residents of Grenfell are so ignored, so neglected and so powerless.

“It should have led to new laws and national investment to protect people.

“Two years on from Grenfell, too little has changed.

“Too little action has taken place to change how people in social housing are treated.

“Too many families are still living in emergency or temporary accommodation and too many people are still living in homes with dangerous cladding.”

Mr Khan also took aim at US President Donald Trump who called Mr Khan a “stone cold loser” on Twitter.

He joked to delegates that he prefers the union’s president Barbara Plant to the US leader.

He also assured Mr Trump that “Whatever [he] says, our National Health Service will never be on the table.”

Mr Khan thanked GMB members for “fighting tirelessly” in workplaces up and down the country and paid particular tribute to their struggle against Uber in London.

Admitting that “some of the new digital platforms for freelancing work are driving down workplace rights and safety standards,” he claimed that new technology “risks being nothing more than a cover to break up decades of hard-fought rights.

“I’m not against innovation, but no business or industry should ever be allowed to wiggle out of their basic responsibilities.”


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