Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said empty properties in the surrounding area of the Grenfell Tower should be requisitioned for victims of the fire. A third of 5,321 adults said that they strongly support the proposal. 26% said they tend to support Corbyn’s proposal, bringing the total to 59% in agreement. Corbyn’s approach to the fire, which has so far killed 30 people and injured dozens of others, has been heralded by the public.
LONDON – 59% of people agree with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that privately-owned empty properties in Kensington should be requisitioned by the state to house the Grenfell Tower victims, who lost their home in catastrophic fire.
YouGov asked 5,321 UK adults on June 16, 2017: “Jeremy Corbyn has called for luxury properties in Kensington that are owned but left empty to be requisitioned and provided as accommodation for Grenfell Tower residents who have been made homeless by the fire. Would you support or oppose such a move?”
The results, which are weighted to be representative of the GB population, showed that 59% agree with Corbyn:
Corbyn’s approach over the Grenfell Tower fire, which has killed 30 people so far and injured dozens of others, has been heralded by the public.
Corbyn visited the scene of the Grenfell Tower disaster on Thursday, and was pictured with those who have lost their homes and neighbours in Tuesday night’s fire. Corbyn hugged Councillor Mushtaq Lasharie as he arrived at St Clement’s Church, where homeless Grenfell residents have received relief. He also hugged residents who cried on his shoulder while telling their stories.
In stark contrast, May was pictured through a long lens camera being briefed by senior figures of the emergency services and did not meet residents. She later called for a full public inquiry into the catastrophe.
However, when she did visit residents at the same church Corbyn did, and later a nearby hospital, she was surrounded by angry crowds and rushed to her car, while they shouted “coward.”