Saturday 21 April 2018

Stormzy backs overhaul of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry

The petition has previously been backed by Adele.

Stormzy (Victoria Jones/PA)
Stormzy (Victoria Jones/PA)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Stormzy has backed a campaign calling for a shake-up of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry.

The musician, who used his performance at the Brit Awards this week to take aim at Prime Minister Theresa May over the tragedy, asked fans to support a petition launched by survivors which calls for a diverse panel to be appointed to the probe amid diminishing confidence in current chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

It was turned down in December by Mrs May, who feared the inquiry’s work would be hindered by any overhaul.

Stormzy posted on Twitter on Friday: “This needs 100,000 signatures if you could please sign, share, RT and spread the word on it.”

The petition titled “Call on PM to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry” currently has just over 31,000 signatures and has previously won high-profile supporters including Adele.

Residents fear the inquiry top team lacks first-hand experience of culturally complex areas such as North Kensington.

Any changes to the inquiry top team would risk stalling the progress of Sir Martin, who is eager to publish an interim report into the causes of the blaze – which left 71 dead – later this year.

In December the Prime Minister defended the inquiry after Sandra Ruiz, Karim Mussilhy and a teenage girl, who all lost loved ones in the blaze, joined former resident Nicholas Burton to deliver the document to Number 10.

The Prime Minister has powers under the Inquiries Act 2005 to opt for a panel-led inquiry, rather than relying on one chairman.

On Thursday Downing Street insisted Mrs May was “absolutely committed” to supporting those affected by the fire after Stormzy had delivered a politically-charged rap at Wednesday night’s ceremony where he asked: “Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?”

Press Association

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