What a contrast. Jeremy Corbyn went to speak to survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy after Theresa May was given a “private visit” of their devastated community.
The Tory Prime Minister held an audience with members of the emergency services battling the blaze but refused to meet a single resident:
The BBC reported the decision was taken for “security reasons”, but it was widely criticised by journalists:
Why did Downing Street let Theresa May visit the fire scene in private rather than in public? Looks bad, shades of Bush after Katrina
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) June 15, 2017
May, in No.10: "I want to reassure the residents of Grenfell Tower, all of whom are in our thoughts.." Why not reassure them in person?
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) June 15, 2017
If it's true Theresa May didn't meet ANY survivors or relatives of the dead on her #Grenfell visit today, that's an absolute disgrace.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 15, 2017
Perhaps the decision was connected to news that her chief of staff Gavin Barwell delayed a report into fire safety in tower blocks as Housing Minister?
Later Jeremy Corbyn visited with local Labour MP Emma Dent Coad and Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey to speak to survivors, community leaders and volunteers:
He told one resident: “I will speak up for you because we have to get to the bottom of this. The truth has got to come out.”
The difference in approach was summed up by one resident who spoke to Daily Mirror chief reporter Andy Lines:
Distraught woman resident tells Jeremy Corbyn: "Theresa May was here but she didn't speak to any of us. She was s**t."
— Andy Lines (@andylines) June 15, 2017
Who’s the real leader?