By Will Stone in Brighton, England:
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
BROKEN government promises to Grenfell tower survivors are a “national scandal” that show “a heartless contempt for working-class people”, Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday.
“All the while Kensington and Chelsea suffers from a plague of empty homes“, Mr Corbyn said. “Luxury property used as investments for the super-rich, instead of as homes for local residents who are stuck in hotels and B&Bs.
“Because austerity has always had a class bias.
“There can be no more insulting excuses for inaction.”
“If that doesn’t highlight the gap between this government’s rhetoric and its actions, then I don’t know what does”, he said.
“People are still angry, and rightly so, about the government’s failure to act.
“Where is the necessary overhaul of fire safety regulations that is so clearly needed?
“Where is the action on dangerous cladding on other buildings?
“The Houses of Parliament are about to be renovated. The current plans include sprinklers being fitted. If it’s good enough for MPs, it’s good enough for the people we represent.”
Addressing fire service cuts, he vowed a Labour government would recruit 3,000 new firefighter jobs with a full review of staffing levels.
A statutory duty for firefighters to respond to flooding in Britain would also be implemented by Labour.
Praising Mr Corbyn‘s leadership, FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “There are not many Labour MPs who have got such a consistent support for firefighters.
“We have never seen the level of engagement [with] trade unions from other Labour party leaders than we’ve seen from Jeremy Corbyn during his time as leader.”
He added that it was always a “no-brainer” that the FBU should get behind Mr Corbyn, with the union reaffiliating to Labour after he became party leader in 2015.
FBU Conference ’18: Firefighters launch anti-cuts campaign to ‘stop the rot’ in the fire service: here.