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Truth will come out about Grenfell Tower fire, vows Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader visited St Clements Church, where a refuge centre was set up after the tragedy.

Jeremy Corbyn has said the “truth has got to come out and it will” after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Labour leader visited St Clements Church, where volunteers have set up a refuge centre after the tragedy, and volunteers and community leaders showed him the donations that have been pouring in.

“It’s great that you’re in place,” he told them.

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Jeremy Corbyn meets staff and volunteers at St Clement's Church (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Community representative Ishmael Blagrove told him: “This country needs you – somebody has to be held accountable and responsible. We don’t want the Government to kick this into the long grass.”

Mr Corbyn replied: “Emma (Dent Coad) is your MP, she will speak for your community. We have to get to the bottom of this – the truth has got to come out and it will.”

He hugged one woman as she told him about a missing 12-year-old girl who had been on the 20th floor of the tower.

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Jeremy Corbyn comforts a local resident (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Mr Corbyn told reporters after the visit: “Some very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered.

“The fire is not supposed to spread from one flat to another, it’s supposed to be contained. It wasn’t – it spread and it spread upwards and it spread outside as well through the cladding.

“Questions on the sprinkler system, questions on the fire breaks, questions on why the cladding apparently burnt, questions on building control regulations, questions on the safety.

“Hundreds of thousands of people in our country live in tower blocks, very high-rise tower blocks. Every single person who lives in a high-rise apartment today is going to be thinking, ‘How safe am I?'”

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