The Queen managed to visit victims of Grenfell Tower fire after Theresa May didn't

The Queen and Duke of Cambridge have visited victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Royals visited Westway Sports Centre, which is being used as a relief centre to help those affected by the blaze.

Visit – the Queen and Duke of Cambridge visited the Westway Sports Centre, which is being used as a relief centre (Picture: PA)
Support – the royals met volunteers, residents and community representatives (Picture: Reuters)

There they met with volunteers, residents and community representatives at the centre, which is near the remains of the west London tower block.

On Thursday the Queen paid tribute to the ”bravery” of firefighters who battled the fire and praised the ”incredible generosity” of volunteers offering their support.

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Their visit comes a day after Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the scene of the devastating blaze.

While Mr Corbyn could be seen comforting traumatised residents, Mrs May fell under fire after meeting privately with emergency services and not meeting face-to-face with residents.

Theresa May visited Grenfell Tower in private (Picture: BBC)

The Prime Minister was accused of showing “no humanity” by Michael Portillo, a former Cabinet member himself, on Thursday night.

Judith Blakeman, a Labour councillor at Kensington, said: ‘She’ll probably be protected from residents as she was protected from electors during the election campaign. It’s a sign of cowardice.’

Another local resident reportedly described Mrs May as “shit”, adding: “Theresa May was here but she didn’t speak to any of us.”

Labour’s former deputy leader, Harriet Harman, said it was “not OK” for the Prime Minister to go to the area but not meet residents, and called on her to invite them to talk to her in Downing Street, as victims of the 2009 Lakanal House fire were.

But Government minister Tobias Ellwood suggested that security concerns had prevented Mrs May from speaking to local people on Thursday.

And Tory MP Chris Philp told BBC’s Newsnight that she may have been “keen not to intrude and cause disruption at a time.

She was reportedly due to visit people injured in the fire those injured in the fire on Friday.

 

 

 

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