Grenfell Tower fire: Survivors meet Sir Martin Moore-Bick to raise concerns over narrow scope of inquiry

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Survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster which left at least 89 people dead have met with the head of the inquiry into the blaze.

Retired appeal court judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick arrived for the meeting at a centre in the shadow of the west London tower block on Thursday evening.

It is believed that Sir Martin planned to hear residents’ views on the shape of his inquiry.

He has already faced calls to resign amid criticism and frustration from survivors that the apparent remit of his inquiry may be too narrow.

Draft terms of reference would be expected within days consultations with residents ending on July 14.

The consultation period started yesterday. An official start date for the inquiry has yet to be set.

A campaign group has urged the inquiry to look at the possibility of corruption before and after the fire.

The head of Transparency International said looking into whether corruption played a part should be an “explicit question” in the inquiry.


Police have revealed a faulty fridge freezer ignited cladding and insulation at Grenfell Tower (Jeremy Selwyn)

Robert Barrington, executive director of the group’s UK branch, said assessing whether corrupt practices took place was “central” to the pursuit of truth and justice.

He said: “Although there is no evidence as yet that corruption has had a role to play, our experience from around the world is that there is a high risk that corruption will have played a role.


Smoke billows from Grenfell Tower amid the fire (Reuters)

“This is certainly the perception of the public, and at very least this perception needs to be laid to rest.

“At worst, it is possible that corruption played a part in turning a small domestic fire into a very great tragedy. If that is the case, the truth must be uncovered and the inquiry should be trying to make sure it never happens again.”

One of the many lessons of the Hillsborough disaster was that the right questions “must be asked from the start”, he said, adding: “Whether corruption was involved in the Grenfell Tower fire must be an explicit question, properly and expertly investigated”. 

The watchdog will write to Sir Martin to outline three key areas where it said corruption could have taken place.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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