The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called Theresa May’s resignation reference to Grenfell “disgraceful”, saying she bore ultimate responsibility for the disaster and any denial of justice.
In her statement, May said it had been a “unique privilege” of her office to “give a voice to the voiceless” and fight the “burning injustices that still scar our society”.
That, she said was why she set up the independent public inquiry into the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, “to search for the truth, so nothing like it can ever happen again, and so the people who lost their lives that night are never forgotten.”
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, seized on those words to say many of the underlying issues at Grenfell were due to unsafe conditions that had been allowed to “fester” under Tory governments and a council for which Theresa May bears ultimate responsibility.
“The inquiry she launched has kicked scrutiny of corporate and government interests into the long grass, denying families and survivors justice, while allowing business as usual to continue for the wealthy,” Wrack said.
“For the outgoing Prime Minister to suggest that her awful response to Grenfell is a proud part of her legacy is, frankly, disgraceful.”