All Liverpool CLP Chairs, Secs, sign letter calling on fire authority to abandon accelerated cuts

Merseyside firefighters are in dispute with the area’s fire authority over its plans for a major downgrade of fire cover on top of cuts already made in the first eight years of Tory government. Earlier this month, residents of sixty square miles of the Wirral peninsula were left with no cover during the night as all […]

Excl: residents claim water connection “failed” during today’s fire at Grenfell neighbour tower

Today, as the public inquiry continued into the Grenfell Tower disaster that claimed so many lives just over a year ago, a fire broke out on the 16th floor of the neighbouring Whitstable House residential block, just a hundred metres or so from Grenfell. The fire was covered by much of the national media – […]

Dramatic video as firefighters battle Mile End tower-block blaze

As the Grenfell Tower inquiry continued today, Londoner Muhbeen Hussain took dramatic footage as fifty-eight firefighters battled a blaze in the 22-storey, 130-flat Grafton House residential tower-block  in Mile End, London. The bravery of firefighters is evident as they are lifted high up the side of the building to reach the fire, believed to have […]

Grenfell firefighter Dowden targeted by convicted ‘7/7 cyber-stalker’

Michael Dowden and convicted cyberstalker Felicity Lowde London Fire Brigade (LFB) incident commander Michael Dowden has received huge support – and an #IAmMichaelDowden hashtag – after many feared he was being set up as a scapegoat for the huge loss of life in the Grenfell Tower blaze. Dowden testimony subsequently exposed the role of Boris […]

Video: Dowden testimony shows Johnson’s fire cuts worsened Grenfell. Johnson: ‘Get Stuffed’

London Fire Brigade’s ‘Incident Commander’ Michael Dowden has received huge support on social media after receiving a brutal grilling during the Grenfell inquiry yesterday, in what many feared might turn into an attempt to pin the blame for the terrible death-toll on Dowden and the LFB. The #IAmMichaelDowden hashtag, reflecting the truth that anyone faced […]

Eyewitness on Corbyn’s Grenfell hug: “the boy ran up, Jeremy responded immediately”

The SKWAWKBOX earlier featured a deeply-moving, candid moment as Jeremy Corbyn was captured hugging a young Grenfell marcher – and the immediate attempt of Tory bots and (probably paid) trolls to dismiss the powerful, dangerous image as staged. But Labour MP Karen Lee described the moment in a reply to a Facebook post of the […]

Some idiots think Corbyn’s #Grenfell hug staged. Their problem is, here’s May..

Jeremy Corbyn was caught unawares today during a moment of eloquent solidarity with a young man during Thursday’s Grenfell Tower commemoration. It was deeply humane, absolutely un-self-conscious and spoke volumes about the Labour leader and why the UK needs him as our next Prime Minister: So of course, the bots and paid trolls were sent […]

If ever an image showed why this country needs Corbyn as Prime Minister…

A remarkable image captured away from TV and press cameras during today’s commemoration of the Grenfell Tower tragedy speaks far more than a thousand words: Corbyn’s simple act of natural, unembarrased solidarity and compassion – just one of many he has shown, largely in private, towards those whose lives were torn apart by the completely […]

Corbyn greets Grenfell firefighters – and condemns council for failing survivors

Jeremy Corbyn took part in today’s Grenfell commemoration, including the subsequent silent march – during which he greeted firefighters who fought the blaze a year ago, together with the area’s MP, Emma Dent Coad: Many in the march embraced the firefighters, who were obviously deeply moved. Recent moves by the Establishment to shift blame onto […]

In memory of Grenfell

To mark the first anniversary of the terrible loss of the Grenfell Tower fire and in solidarity with the survivors and those whose lives were affected – residents, families, neighbours, emergency services – the SKWAWKBOX’s side-header image has been changed for today to an image of the shrouded tower. To those I’ve met there or […]