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No. 10 responds to Stormzy's Grenfell outcry

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Downing Street has insisted Theresa May is "absolutely committed" to supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, after Stormzy used his Brit performance to take a swipe at the prime minister over her response to the tragedy.

He closed the show after winning two awards and rapped, "Yo, Theresa May, where's that money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?"

It is understood Mrs May did not watch the televised ceremony.

Her spokesman said he was "not aware of any plans" for her to contact Stormzy to discuss his concerns.

Mrs May's spokesman said the Government had so far committed £58.9m to deal with the aftermath of the tower block blaze.

He added: "She's determined that the public inquiry will discover not just what went wrong but why the voices of the people of Grenfell had been ignored over so many years."

Cheryl and Liam Payne together at Brits

Geordie pop star Cheryl and Liam Payne put on a defiant display to fend off rumours of a possible split at Wednesday night's Brit Awards.

On the red carpet before the show, the couple held hands and gazed into each other's eyes as they posed for pictures.

In recent days, they have been at the centre of rumours that they are on the verge of splitting up.

Cheryl and Liam Payne

On Tuesday, 34-year-old Cheryl had briefly responded to the speculation, declaring that "none of that matters" as she opened a Prince's Trust centre in Newcastle.

Cheryl and Payne welcomed their son Bear in March last year after being an item since 2016.

They first met on The X Factor in 2008 when Cheryl was a judge and Payne auditioned as a solo contestant, two years before becoming part of the hit boyband One Direction on the programme.

Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy explains why he spoke up about Grenfell
The grime star explains why he made his statement about the Grenfell Tower fire at the Brit Awards.

Stormzy: Why I spoke up about Grenfell

Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy explains why he spoke up about Grenfell
The grime star spoke to BBC 5 live backstage about why he made his powerful statement about Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, and said he now wants to beat Ed Sheeran's Wembley Stadium record.