Lily Allen says she was axed from Newsnight for claiming 150 people died in Grenfell Tower

Lily Allen has accused the government and media of being dishonest about the true death toll of the Grenfell Tower fire and revealed she was axed from an appearance on Newsnight after she claimed “150 people died” in the tragedy.

Lily offered victims tea and beds.
Lily offered victims tea and beds.

Earlier today, the 32-year-old singer told Channel 4 News that the “off-the-record” figures were “given to her by police and fire crews”.

“I think what people would really like is a more honest count of how many people have actually died in this event, how many people have been killed.

“I have never in my life seen an event like this where the death count has been downplayed by mainstream media.”

Lily Allen on Channel 4 news on Friday (Ch4)
Lily Allen on Channel 4 news on Friday (Ch4)

“I feel like the Government is trying to micro manage people’s grieving here,” she said.

It has so far been reported that 17 people died in the inferno but the death toll could rise to over 100.

After the interview, Lily – who lives in west London near Grenfell Tower – revealed on Twitter that BBC’S Newsnight had “cancelled” an interview with her on tonight’s (June 16) show.

Grenfell Tower’s residents association has demanded answers amid growing anger, and have said that prime minister Theresa May “didn’t use her humanity” when she visited the area affected.


In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured above) was seen hugging locals as he arrived at St Clement’s Church in west London where volunteers have provided shelter and support for people caught up in the disaster.

Lily’s comments come as Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy today said that police may not be able to identify all of those killed in the disaster.

“It may be that ultimately some victims remain unidentified,” he said.

There have also been calls for corporate manslaughter charges to be brought against the council and the construction companies that refurbished the 24 storey tower.

When news of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire broke on Wednesday, singers Rita Ora and Adele vowed to do everything they could to help the many victims of the blaze.


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