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Grenfell resident says PM “will have blood on his hands” if more die in blocks

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Lorraine Beadle, 67, lost many friends in the 2017 fire and fears that the horror could repeat itself elsewhere if nothing changes.

Grenfell’s first ever resident, Lorraine Beadle, says that nothing has changed since the blaze in 2017

Grenfell’s first ever resident says Boris Johnson “will have blood on his hands” if more people die in “tinderbox” blocks.

Lorraine Beadle, 67, lost many friends in the 2017 fire which killed 72 people.

And she fears the Government’s failure to remove dangerous flammable cladding from all flats means a similar horror could happen elsewhere.

Lorraine told the People: “Nothing has changed – Grenfell went up in smoke because of that cladding and there are still buildings with it on.

“Why hasn’t it all been ripped off by now? I can see another block going up in smoke like a tinderbox. My message to Boris Johnson is that if he doesn’t act now he will have blood on his hands.”



Seventy two people died in the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017
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With phase two of the public inquiry into the fire resuming this week, there are renewed calls for a cladding purge.

Experts believe dozens of schools, eight hospitals, nine sheltered housing schemes, 12 social housing blocks and 32 private residences are wrapped in it.

It comes as Lorraine joins other survivors in a documentary highlighting their fire safety fight with authorities.

Grenfell: The Untold Story shows footage captured by artist Constantine Gras of the block’s refurbishment.



Mariem Elgwahry died in the Grenfell Tower fire alongside her mother
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Eight-year-old Medhi El-Wahabi tragically died in the blaze
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He filmed multiple meetings between residents, their MP at the time, Tory Victoria Borwick, and Peter Maddison, the man renovation decisions.

He also filmed residents killed in the blaze alive including Mariem Elgwahry and eight-year-old Mehdi El-Wahabi.

In upsetting residents are seen begging for help and hitting out at the lack of support, with one storming: “We are being treated with utter contempt”.









At one meeting their Ms Borwick, who lost her seat a month after the fire, is seen telling those gathered: “for heaven’s sake, no solution is ever perfect” as they highlight shoddy works.

Lorraine said: “It was a class issue, people didn’t care about us because we were in council housing.



There are currently renewed calls for a cladding purge
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“We can’t let them get away with this, this was all down to money.”

She added: “I hope people watching will realise if they still have this cladding then next time it could be them”.

  • Grenfell: The Untold Story, Channel 4, Wednesday, 10pm



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