SHADOW Secretary Diane Abbott has claimed hundreds of people died in the Grenfell Tower fire “as a direct consequence” of Conservative attitudes towards social housing.
Ms Abbott said: ”Grenfell House (sic) is not just an accident; Grenfell House is not just an unfortunate incident.
The Labour MP claimed the Conservatives see people in social housing as “second-class citizens” and are offering them “second-class standards of safety”.
She said: “I think we are going to find that the numbers of people that have died will be in triple figures, just because it’s a 23-storey (sic) block.”
The fire tore through the tower block in Kensington, west London, leaving scores of families without homes.
Jeremy Corbyn and senior Labour MPs, including Ms Abbott, have called for vacant properties in Kensington and Chelsea to be “requisitioned” in order to rehouse survivors.
The Labour leader said last week: “Kensington is a tale of two cities. The south part of Kensington is incredibly wealthy, it’s the wealthiest part of the whole country.