Thornton Heath’s famous son Stormzy not only kicked up a storm at the Brits but the waves from his performance were felt at NO 10 after he called out Prime Minster Theresa May over her Government’s handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The grime artist who grew up in The Heath then took to Twitter to launch a petition calling for a debate in parliament to build public trust in the Grenfell inquiry which garnered over 100,000 signatures in 24 hours.
Last Wednesday Stormzy, who started rapping in local youth clubs, collected the British Male Solo Artist award and the British Album of the Year prize for Gang Signs & Prayer at the Brits thanking God and adding: “That’s the reason why I’m here to do what I do”.
Standing under a simulated rain cloud, he closed the Brits with a stunning medley of his gospel song Blinded By Your Grace and Big For Your Boots, including the freestyle lyrics: “Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell. What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, you should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”
The PM responded to Stormzy’s criticism saying Grenfell ‘must never happen again’, which prompted a further challenge from local MP Steve Reed, who during Prime Minster’s Questions, asked why dangerous cladding is still on tower blocks across the country eight months after the disaster, including the Cityscape tower block in his Croydon North constituency.