This Grenfell Solicitor's Point On The Inquiry Is So, So Powerful

This Grenfell Solicitor's Point On The Inquiry Is So, So Powerful

The chairman faced backlash from the community surrounding the tower block in a series of public meetings created to help shape the terms of reference but, once these were announced, the inquiry was criticised for excluding an examination of wider social housing policy.

Authorities believe around 80 people died in the fire in west London in June, though numerous victims have yet to be positively identified.

Addressing the anger from this community, Moore-Bick stated he would "not shrink" from making recommendations based on his findings "simply because someone else may consider that they form the basis of civil or criminal liability".

However, UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Rachel Smalley he was met with jeers from some, because he won't be appointing a survivor onto the panel.

Marie Bintley, Wigan Council's assistant director for growth and housing, said: "We do not have any sprinklers now in our high rise blocks but have recently commissioned a report on the feasibility of installing sprinklers".

The inquiry will be divided into two phases - the first will assess the cause of the fire and why it spread so rapidly. "He should have addressed himself to the families' concerns".

Moore-Bick pledged the report will be "open, transparent and fair" and one that "gets to the truth as quickly as possible". The fact that he stood up and walked out without taking any questions or without hearing what Michael Mansfield QC was going to say on behalf of survivors, I think is very disrespectful.

The retired judge added he would be examining whether Grenfell Tower complied with the Building Regulations, which would themselves come under scrutiny.

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The probe will examine how the fire started, regulations of high-rise buildings, and the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council.

But it was essential, he said, that the inquiry sought out all the relevant evidence and examined it calmly and rationally.

Around 300 applications had been received for core participant status in the inquiry, with some having been granted already, Moore-Bick said.

"We are acutely aware that so many people died and that many of those who survived have been severely affected", he said.

Yesterday, a fire expert told James that there are many examples of tower blocks with no fire alarms across the country - and that a disaster like Grenfell WILL happen again unless we make some changes.

The inquiry is not expected to hear any evidence on the first day.

Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Moore-Bick to investigate the causes of the fire and whether anything could have been done to prevent it.

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