STATEMENT FROM EMMA DENT COAD MP – 15/08/17
Emma Dent Coad MP for Kensington voices her concern and anger at the announcement from No. 10 that the inquiry will not consider the wider social issues raised after the Grenfell Fire disaster and will instead run scared from external scrutiny and conduct an internal policy review.
“This announcement is precisely what we feared.
“We were told ‘no stone would be unturned’ but instead are being presented with a technical assessment which will not get to the heart of the problem: what effects if any the lack of investment into social housing had on the refurbishment project.
“The government has delegated this responsibility to an in-house team. We have no confidence whatever in the ability of Alok Sharma and a few politically compromised individuals to take on the task of answering this most important question.
“In addition, we are hugely disappointed that the Terms of Reference have been published in the middle of August when so many concerned parties are away and unable to respond.
“The closing date for response was 4 August, yet somehow Moore-Bick personally managed to consider the detail of all 550 written responses within a short week, producing Terms of Reference which were then agreed by Theresa May over a weekend.
“How can the community possibly have faith in an Inquiry with Terms of Reference so hastily determined by the Prime Minister and her government?
“It is a complete betrayal of everything we were promised. Clearly, the government are running scared.”