This morning I was in the House of Commons for the Prime Minister's statement on the Grenfell Tower disaster. During the debate a note was passed to me - the test results from the cladding on the three Mount Wise tower blocks had come back and the cladding is combustable. I immediately left the House of Commons and headed to Plymouth.
Residents of the tower blocks have been rightly concerned about the safety of their building since the awful scenes in London. It was right to test the cladding and now we have the test results we need urgent action to make the buildings safe.
I'm on my way to an urgent briefing with Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and the Fire Brigade about what steps are being taken. PCH have issued a full statement to residents and have today confirmed they have ordered sprinklers for the tower blocks.
Let me be clear: I want the tower blocks re-clad urgently and I want to make sure that the residents of the towers and those who live nearby have the answers to their questions.
I want the Government to pay for the urgent re-clading. In times of national emergency, and this is one of them, it is right the Government provides the extra support that is needed.
I know a lot of people are worried about tower block safety so I'll be posting updates on this issue. Tonight from 7pm I'll be at the tower blocks with local councillors to help answer questions from residents. We'll be near the recreation rooms if you have a question.