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Lily Allen refuses to back down on her claims that more than 71 people died in the Grenfell fire as she reveals her biggest inspiration: herself

May 7, 2018 9:28 AM
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Lily Allen has refused to back down over her claims the death toll in the Grenfell Tower tragedy is larger than has been officially reported.

The singer claimed in the aftermath of the West London fire last year that 'off-the-record' figures given to police and fire crews put the number of victims at around 150, much higher than the official 71.

Asked whether her claims were 'fake news', said: 'I don't know exactly how many people died, but I know what the general consensus in the community is, and that is that more people than have been accounted for died in Grenfell.

The 33-year-old also suggested that Britain was living under a 'fascist regime', in comments made to the Observer's The New Review.

In the aftermath of the Grenfell fire in June 2017 she told Channel 4's Jon Snow: 'I think what people would really like is a more honest count of how many people have actually died in this event.

She said: 'In this age, where people feel that they can't trust the media, they don't trust politicians … people always trust artists because they connect to them.

Allen was asked a series of questions by readers as well as personalities including Labour MP David Lammy.

The singer also admitted that she personally had not taken in any refugees, saying her bedrooms were all occupied.

In 2016 she broke down in tears while visiting refugees at the Jungle camp in Calais, becoming emotional while meeting a 13-year-old from Afghanistan who had been trying to board lorries.

She also said that losing her baby eight years ago prompted her to become more political and use her position to call for change.

Asked by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if there was a 'specific moment you decided to use your position to make a change', the 33-year-old said it was when she lost her baby.

'That was the first time that something really, really traumatic happened to me,' she said.


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