Theresa May prepared to order evacuation of other 1970s tower blocks if they are found to be unsafe

16 Jun

Concerns about other tower blocks arose after Sajid Javid, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, admitted he would be “worried” about putting his children to bed in a similar high-rise building.

Mr Javid was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Would you sleep easily tonight if you lived in the sort of Grenfell Tower building that exists all over the country. Would you put your children to bed thinking I wonder if they will be safe tonight?”

Mr Javid replied: “I think any human being would be worried. From the moment they heard about that fire, waking up that morning, they would be immediately worried about their families.”

Asked whether 1970s tower blocks should be knocked down because they are “inherently unsafe”, he said: “We need to act immediately, we need to do whatever it takes to make the properties safe.”

Bob Blackman, a Tory MP, called for the immediate evacuation of buildings that are found to be death traps saying: “Get them out now. Let’s not put anyone else at risk.”

Mr Blackman, who served on the local government select committee, said: “I don’t think it’s right that people should continue living in these buildings. “We now know that if you have the same set of circumstances and we have a tower block with a similar design, or cladding of a similar type, it’s just a recipe for disaster.

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