JEREMY CORBYN demanded a broadening of the “narrow” inquiry into the Grenfell inquiry yesterday so that residents’ voices can be heard.
In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday, the Labour leader suggested conducting a two-part inquiry that analyses the national issues rather than just the specific causes of the fire in west London.
“It is clear to me from talking to Grenfell residents that their concerns and questions stretch beyond these narrow terms,” he wrote.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who Ms May has picked to lead the probe, had earlier said the investigation would likely be limited to the cause of the fire, why it spread and how it could be prevented in future.
Mr Corbyn stormed: “As I am sure you will all agree, it is vital that the voices of Grenfell residents and victims’ families are heard throughout the process and that they have full confidence in this inquiry.
“Reports that they were not consulted before [inquiry chair] Sir Martin Moore-Bick was appointed are therefore worrying.”
Mr Corbyn said: “The same goes for other affected parties” including the fire brigade and other emergency services. He called for an interim report to be published to avoid delays that would add to the “trauma Grenfell residents and victims’ families have already experienced.”
Mr Corbyn also asked the PM to commit to taking action now on areas not related to the outcome of the inquiry, such as identifying all the missing or dead, an amnesty for victims concerned about their immigration status and overhauling building regulations.