Labour demands answers over Grenfell Tower fire tragedy

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Labourers politicians are calling for answers from the government over the deadly foment that has ripped through a West London tower block.

Twelve people entertain died in the Grenfell Tower blaze, with the Met Police saying that build was «likely to rise».

The prime minister said she was «deeply saddened by the lamentable loss of life».

Jeremy Corbyn said it was «everyone’s worst nightmare» and gloried the emergency services but added that questions needed to be answered.

A examination of building regulations covering fire safety was promised by Prime Evangelist Theresa May’s chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, last year, when he was a management minister, but has not been published.

The Labour leader told the BBC: «At this present, let’s save life, let’s bring safety to people at Grenfell Tower.

«I concoct tomorrow is a day for searching questions — the searching questions on the provision of fire shelter equipment, the provision of sprinklers and the support the emergency services need and forced to have in all circumstances.

«You can never compromise on safety where fire is troubled.»

The questions «may well be difficult» for the government, he added, saying: «The reports that were recompense for in the past have to be acted on.»

There have been reports that cladding — annexed in a recent refurbishment — may have helped the fire spread externally.

Overs are to be carried out on tower blocks going through similar refurbishment to Grenfell Turret, policing and fire minister Nick Hurd has said.

‘Bad advice’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said questions needed to be supported about the safety of tower blocks after some residents said they had been commended they should stay in their flats in the event of a fire.

A county residents’ association had previously warned it was worried about the risk of a earnest fire in the block.

«What we can’t have is a situation where people’s cover is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as has been so-called, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained,» said the mayor.

The management is not able to make a Commons statement on the tragedy as Parliament is not sitting inquiring the general election.

But Commons Speaker John Bercow has said MPs devise be allowed to question a minister on the subject on Thursday at a special meeting in the Mansion of Westminster.

Labour MP Harriet Harman said she feared lessons had not been au fait from a similar fire six years ago at the Lakanal House tower chunk in her Camberwell and Peckham constituency, which claimed six lives.

She told BBC Receiver 4’s the World At One programme: «Councils want to fit sprinklers in their tower hunks, but it comes down to money.

«The government has been cutting the money to directors. If you cut money to councils, you can’t put in sprinklers.»

‘Too early’

Former chief fire bureaucrat Ronnie King, honorary secretary of the all-party parliamentary group on flames safety and rescue, said fire regulations «badly need updating» and «three unbroken ministers have not done it».

He suggested a government drive to cut red tape — by remonstrating that three regulations are removed for every new one created — should be reconsidered «where ignite safety is concerned».

The all-party parliamentary group had recommended fitting sprinklers to edifices to save lives.

Judge Frances Kirkham, who presided over the inquest into the Lakanal Firm fire deaths, recommended the government should «encourage providers of box in high-rise residential buildings» to «consider the retrofitting of sprinkler systems».

Kensington and Chelsea cabinet, which owns the block, said it was focusing on supporting the rescue and double operation but the causes of the fire would be fully investigated.

Cabinet abb David Gauke said: «I think it is far too early to jump to any conclusions.

«But of headway we are going to need to look very closely at precisely what has happened to see whether there are calculates to ensure that nothing like this should happen again.

«But today I muse over our focus has to be on providing support to those who have been injured.»

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