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Grenfell Tower inquiry: First public hearing opens

Grenfell Tower inquiry: First public hearing opens

"The tragedy of Grenfell means the expectation is there will be a quantum leap forward as a result of the various investigations conducted by the Government and the recommendations of the public inquiry once it is done investigating".

Demonstrators gathered outside the building where Sir Martin made his address carrying banners that read: "Justice for Grenfell".

The inquiry will examine the cause and spread of the fire, the design, construction and refurbishment of the tower, whether fire regulations relating to high-rise buildings are adequate, whether they were complied with at Grenfell Tower, and the actions of the authorities before and after the tragedy.

In August it was announced that the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council, which operated the block, were to be examined by the inquiry.

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Survivors and victims' relatives watched a live feed of the statement from Notting Hill Methodist Church, where a silent march was planned on Thursday evening.

No evidence is being heard on the first day of the hearing and an interim report is expected by Easter.

The inquiry into the horrific blaze will be headed by Sir Martin Moor-Bick.

She also said the inquiry should look at how social tenants are seen by wider society.

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He issued a plea for those who may have evidence regarding the disaster to "do whatever they can to preserve the material and inform the inquiry team at once". "That will be an integral part of understanding how and why this fire occurred". Some survivors have called for him to stand down.

Survivors believed he investigate the social and political conditions which allegedly allowed Grenfell to happen, but Moore-Bick said such issues were "not suitable for a judge-led inquiry". Labour MP for Kensington Emma Dent Coad said the community needed someone they could trust, rather than a "technocrat" who lacked "credibility".

But critics warned of a disconnect between the technical, legalistic inquiry process and the ongoing ordeal of traumatised former Grenfell Tower residents still awaiting new homes.

Ahead of it, Dany Cotton - the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade - has called for sprinklers to be installed in all high-rise flats.

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A Freedom of Information request by BBC Breakfast also found that 68% of the council and housing association-owned blocks have just one staircase through which to evacuate.


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