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Grenfell campaigners project message on to Houses of Parliament

It comes after messages were projected on a number of high-rise blocks in the UK last week.

The projection on the Houses of Parliament (Grenfell United/PA)
The projection on the Houses of Parliament (Grenfell United/PA)

Survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire have projected a message on to the Houses of Parliament two years on from the devastating blaze.

It follows a similar action last week, when messages were projected on to “unsafe” tower blocks across the United Kingdom on the eve of the second anniversary.

On Monday night, the Parliament building was illuminated with a message which re-iterated survivors’ calls for the Government to take urgent action to prevent a future tragedy.

It read: “Two years after Grenfell, this building still hasn’t kept its promises #DemandChange.”

Friday marked 24 months since a small kitchen fire in a flat on an estate in Kensington turned into the most deadly domestic blaze since the Second World War, rendering scores of families homeless and triggering both a public inquiry and a criminal investigation.

Latest figures show some 328 high-rise residential and public buildings are still to complete the replacement of unsafe cladding amid fears over its contribution to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

A spokeswoman for campaign group Grenfell United, which organised the projections, said: “Last week we sent a powerful message across the UK that was hard to ignore. The reaction and outpouring of support has been incredible.

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A message was projected on to Newcastle’s Cruddas Park House, ahead of the second anniversary of the fire (Grenfell United/PA)

“We felt now was time to shine a spotlight on one more building – the Houses of Parliament.”

The spokeswoman added: “We are calling for all dangerous cladding to be replaced, for fire safety measures in all tower blocks and for a new separate housing regulator that would put people over profits.

“With a new prime minister about to be appointed, fulfilling the promises made by this Government after the fire must be made a priority. People must be safe in their homes.”

Messages were projected on high-rise blocks in London, Newcastle and Manchester in last week’s action.

A projection on west London’s Frinstead House, a 20-storey block which lies on the same estate as Grenfell, claimed: “2 years after Grenfell this building still has no sprinklers #demandchange.”

On Newcastle’s Cruddas Park House, a 25-storey block designated to over-50s, a message read: “2 years after Grenfell and the fire doors in this building still don’t work.”

And in Manchester, a projection on the 246-flat NV Building warned that “dangerous cladding” still wrapped the outside of the structure.

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