JEREMY CORBYN has called on Theresa May to ensure that the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry team include representatives from minority backgrounds.
The Labour leader wrote a letter to the PM to say that families of victims and the survivors would not trust the inquiry otherwise.
His letter was hand-delivered yesterday before the closure of the consultation into the inquiry’s terms of reference.
He pointed to the Macpherson inquiry, which probed institutionalised racism in the Met when investigating the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence, as one that included people of minority backgrounds.
Mr Corbyn writes: “The importance of residents and victims’ families having full confidence in this inquiry cannot be underestimated.
“I urge you to consider broadening the inquiry team to a model more similar to that used in the Macpherson inquiry, including with representation from those from minority backgrounds, in order to support the judge leading this inquiry.”
Labour has called on the government to conduct a two-part inquiry in order to get answers to urgent questions about what happened at Grenfell, with the first part reporting back this summer to minimise further suffering of survivors.
This would include finding out why the fire spread so rapidly, whether building regulations were breached and why residents’ long-standing complaints about fire safety were repeatedly ignored by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council.
The council’s financial dealings and the support and advice it gave to residents since the tragedy should also be looked into, Labour demanded.