NATIONAL: Campaigners call for Grenfell Tower inquiry head to quit

Campaigners have called for the head of the Grenfell Tower inquiry to quit.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 3rd July 2017, 9:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:45 am

Campaigners have said the Grenfell Tower public inquiry may lose the support of survivors, unless its leading judge is replaced.

A group representing surviviors, Justice 4 Grenfell, has shared its concerns about the depth of the investigation, saying: ‘The whole thing needs to start again.’

Calls for Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s resignation come just three days into his job, after he said it was unlikely the scope of the probe could satisfy all survivors.

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Localised action following the fire is ongoing, as cladding concerns have been amplified after three more blocks of flats have failed fire safety tests.

It comes after samples from Harding House and Ockendon House, at High Street, Cosham, and Southdown View, Military Road, Hilsea, revealed the buildings’ cladding was a fire risk.

Elsewhere, the developer of a high-rise student block in the centre of Portsmouth has sent cladding from the building for testing.

United Students, which owns the housing block at Greetham Street, released a statement saying the move was a precautionary measure.

The firm maintained it had ‘robust’ safety measures in place at the site.