Prime Minister apologises for failing to contact families of South Shields bomb blast couple Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.

The heartbroken families of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry have hit out at the Prime Minister for failing to acknowledge to them that their children were murdered in the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

Chloe, 17, and Liam, 19, from South Shields, were among the 22 people killed when a suicide terrorist struck at the end of the Ariana Grande concert on May 22.

Two letters were sent to Prime Minister Theresa May by Liam’s grandmother following the attack.

But neither family received an acknowledgement and Mrs May today apologised for the oversight when quizzed about by South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck.

Mrs Lewell-Buck raised the issue during Prime Minister’s Question Time.

Speaking on behalf of both families, Liam’s mam, Caroline Curry, added: “Our kids were murdered on the 22nd of May, she has failed to even acknowledge their deaths.

“There has been no letters of condolence, nothing to say she is sorry. She has never contacted either of the families at all.

“Our kids were murdered on her watch and we have received no apology at all.

“This happened on her watch, under her government and she needs to take some responsibility.

“I know my mam has sent two letters to the Prime Minister asking when she was going to acknowledge her grandson’s death.

“The MP wrote to her seven weeks ago and still she has not acknowledged that.

“We still feel the pain we felt back then. It doesn’t get any easier.

“People high up in government have ignored the fact that my son and Chloe were murdered on their watch - it’s downright disrespectful.”

In a confrontation with the Prime Minister, Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “As the Prime Minister was visiting the survivors of the Manchester Terror attack, families were heartbroken after losing their children were in the vicinity, but they were not visited by the Prime Minister.

“Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry tragically lost their lives and their parents feel ignored by the Prime Minister.

“I wrote to her several weeks ago with their concerns but she failed to respond.

“When will she acknowledge their loss?”

In response, the Prime Minister said she was unaware of the letter and could only apologise for there being no response.

She said she would look into the issue immediately and that a response should have been issued before now.

Mrs May added: “Now and at the time of the attack, I continue to acknowledge that attack in Manchester which damaged lives in many ways.

“Those who were injured and now having to live with the consequences of those injuries, those who lost loved ones, those who lost relatives and who lost friends will be affected by it.

“And of course, there are those lives who were sadly cut short at all too young an age.

“What we must ensure is that we are providing support for victims, but we must also ensure thay we have powers for the authorities, the police authorities and agencies so that they are able to prevent attacks in the future.

“But I will look into the issue of the letter because, as I say, you should have had a response already and I’m sorry seven weeks have gone by and you haven’t.”