ANDREA Leadsom took the flack for Theresa May for a second time today when she was grilled over why the Prime Minister sent civil servants to the London fire site instead of going to Grenfell Tower herself.
Prime Minister has spent a week fighting fires after she was widely criticised for failing to meet with residents affected by Wednesday’s deadly blaze.
She instead only spoke with emergency services on Thursday, which Downing Street said was down to “security reasons”.
When she did meet families and volunteers at a nearby church on Friday, scuffles broke out and police had to hold back the crowd as some shouting “coward”.
Ms Leadsom managed to visit victims but was heckled on her trip, with one man laying into the leader of the House of Commons for Mrs May’s response.
Speaking on Sunday Politics, Robinson asked: “Why did you go and meet them? Why did you hear their anger, their pain but she initially did not?”
Mrs Leadsom replied: “I was there as the new leader of the House of Commons.
“I’d helped to arrange an emergency briefing for MPs and peers the previous day and it was so apparent how desperately moved and sympathetic and distraught all MPs were right across the House, so I felt I should go to represent them.”
But the presenter hit back and said it “begs the question why” Mrs May did not visit victims straightaway before asking if she was “too busy”.
Ms Leadsom said: “Well as I say, the Prime Minister had a job to do… no not at all [too busy].
“What I’m saying is she needed to ensure that what the residents needed to have done, which was things like sorting out access to banking accounts, to mobile phones, to trauma counselling, to accommodation.
“She was trying to get a handle on all of that to make sure those things were being tended to properly.”
The Prime Minister later issued a statement saying the support on the ground “was not good enough” in the aftermath of the fire.
Ms Leadsom echoed Mrs May: “I think we are all very conscious that the support wasn’t good enough in the first couple of days.
“Now obviously, all local councils are geared up to try and deal with the relief from disasters such as this but this is unprecedented, this is absolutely harrowing.”