Under mounting pressure after a botched election and facing criticism for not meeting victims of a London tower block blaze sooner, British Prime Minister Theresa May has visited the injured in hospital as the death toll rose to 30.
Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, London mayor Sadiq Khan, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth, 91, have all visited residents from the 24-storey Grenfell Tower destroyed on Wednesday as many slept, and anger is growing in the community.
May has been criticised from within her own Conservative Party over her response and she pledged on Thursday to hold a public inquiry into the fire at the social housing block which was home to about 600 people. The toll is expected to rise.
May met victims privately at a central London hospital on Friday and had expressed her sorrow on television on Thursday after meeting emergency services personnel.
"She should have been there with the residents. You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people," former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.
Khan wrote to May on Friday, saying residents felt increasingly enraged and frustrated by the slow response from the authorities.
"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends," he wrote.
Residents in other blocks with the same exterior cladding as Grenfell Tower were "terrified that the same thing could happen to them," Khan wrote.
May's response has been contrasted with that of Corbyn, who hugged locals at the estate during his visit on Thursday, and the royals who met residents and volunteers on Friday.
"That's one of the most terrible things I have ever seen," Prince William said of the tower's blackened shell.
There has been growing fury on the low-rent estate where residents wanted answers on why the fire was able to spread so rapidly and why complaints about safety had been ignored.
However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Facebook to attack Labour politicians for "political game playing", defending his record regarding the fire service as mayor of London between 2008-2016.
"Any attack on emergency services performance is outrageous politicking by Labour," he said.