Lord Mayor cancels Mansion House banquet out of respect for Grenfell Tower blaze victims as Philip Hammond pulls out

 
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Lord Mayor's Dinner For The Bankers And Merchants Of The City of London
Hammond pulled out of the Mansion House gala earlier today (Source: Getty)

A glamorous Mansion House dinner has been called off by the City of London in light of yesterday's tragic blaze at the Grenfell Tower block in west London.

Chancellor Philip Hammond initially pulled out of the event out of respect for the victims, and now the Lord Mayor's officials have confirmed the entire event will be cancelled.

Hammond was set to speak alongside Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley and Bank of England governor Mark Carney.

Parmley had been expected to use the occasion to push for a bigger role for the City in Brexit negotiations, while Hammond was set to discuss funding for British infrastructure projects after the UK quits Europe.

It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full independent inquiry into the Grenfell fire, which killed at least 17 people.

A City of London Corporation spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are focussed with the victims and their families and friends."

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