"The Prime Minister would have been shouted at by the residents, but she should have been willing to take that". But May was expected to visit survivors later Friday.
The anger over the treatment of residents from the Grenfell Tower fire spilled on to the door step of Downing Street.
While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity - with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society. A public inquiry could take place before the inquests.
As he spoke, chants began of "not 17" - questioning the death toll, which was previously said to be 17 but has been repeatedly revised upwards as authorities warn it will continue to rise. Posters of missing people are pasted on many walls, and being worn as T-shirts.
Cundy said it was hard to ascertain the exact numbers missing.
The track in question is above ground and lies a stone's throw away from Grenfell Tower. There has also been a public outcry at the government's initial failure to provide up-to-the minute information.
But Mrs Leadsom, who visited the area in her role as Leader of the Commons, rejected Mr Portillo's criticisms, insisting that Mrs May was "absolutely heartbroken" by the blaze and was simply trying to make sure the Government did everything it could to deal with its aftermath. "As soon as we can, we will share that with the families and wider community".
The air barrier between the cladding and the building, which some British fire safety experts have speculated helped the flames travel faster up the Grenfell Tower, is considered an integral part of a sound rain screen design according to the NRC report and Perovic.
But Doug Perovic, a forensic engineer who teaches at the University of Toronto, says trouble arises when builders try to cut costs by resorting to cheaper materials that don't come up to code.
They have have not been seen since the fire.
In a number of respects, this is a catastrophe like no other experienced in recent British history.
"This is the richest borough in our country treating its citizens in this way", he told the BBC. Mounted police later arrived and arrests were made.
Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: "How many children died?" She lived on the 20th floor with her mother.
"We grow more sad and bleak at every second", he said. "Maybe in a few days".
Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people were missing after compiling a list of verified reports.
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