‘Breaks my heart’: London MP David Lammy moved to tears in Grenfell Tower interview as friend feared dead

London MP David Lammy was moved to tears in a powerful TV interview about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

The Labour politician broke down as he spoke passionately about the welfare state and losing his friend Khadija Saye, who is thought to have died in the blaze.

Mr Lammy, who represents Tottenham in Parliament, told Channel Four news: “This is about the welfare state.

“For your middle class viewers, this is about whether the welfare state is just schools and hospitals or whether it’s about having a safety net.”

The choked-up north Londoner continued: “I get quite emotional as I say that. We need to live in a society where we care for the poorest and the vulnerable.

.@DavidLammy becomes tearful when remembering Khadija Saye, a friend lost in the Grenfell Tower fire. pic.twitter.com/OJdJA5FYSY

— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) June 16, 2017

“And that means housing, it means somewhere decent to live. It was a noble idea that we built and it’s falling apart around our eyes. That’s what it’s about.

“And if it’s taken this tragedy to bring that reality home to people, who are lucky enough to live in very different circumstances then thank God. It’s about the welfare state. Do we believe in a safety net or not?”

Mr Lammy previously said his friend, artist Ms Saye, had “become a part of my family” and had not been seen since the inferno which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning. She lived on the 22nd floor of the 24-storey block of flats.

Speaking of his friend, Mr Lammy added: “This is a tale of two cities. This is what Dickens was writing about in the century before the last, and it’s still here in 2017. It’s the face of the poorest and the most vulnerable.


Artist Khadija Saye, who has been missing since the fire. (PA)

“My friend who lost her life was a talented artist, but she was a young, black woman making her way in this country and she absolutely had no power, or locus, or agency. She had not yet achieved that in her life.

“She’d done amazing things: gone to university, the best in her life. But she’s died with her mother on the 22nd floor of a building. And it breaks my heart that that’s happening in Britain in 2017. Breaks my heart.”

The MP has previously demanded arrests over the fire, and backed Jeremy Corbyn’s calls to rehouse displaced residents of the tower in luxury Kensington flats which are unoccupied.

Many people praised Mr Lammy’s emotional words, with footballer Stan Collymore tweeting: “Quite incredible from David Lammy, thank goodness there are politicians like him.”

Quite incredible from @DavidLammy, thank goodness there are politicians like this fine man. https://t.co/5ioN9q3Heu

— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) June 16, 2017

Deputy leader of the SNP, Angus Robertson said on Twitter: “This is proper leadership and a strong voice for people in need.”

This is proper leadership and a strong voice for people in need. Please watch @Channel4News interview with @DavidLammy #GlenfellTower https://t.co/nBtXmkPIQc

— Angus Robertson (@AngusRobertson) June 16, 2017

His comments come as thousands took to the streets of London demanding justice for the Grenfell victims.

Protesters stormed Kensington town hall before a separate group marched to Downing Street.

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