The last phase of the Grenfell investigation: will politicians be held accountable? | News

The fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 was one of Britain’s worst modern disasters. 72 people died after a fire broke out in one of the apartments and spread quickly to the floors above when flammable cladding on the outside of the building went up in flames.

The Grenfell Tower study was set up to determine the factors that led to the tragedy and to make recommendations on how to prevent something similar from ever happening again. It has heard from hundreds of witnesses and has looked at the disaster from several angles: from residents, firefighters, developers and clothing companies. Now in the next phase, the study will begin to hear from the politicians who set the regulatory framework within which builders and contractors worked.

The Guardian’s correspondent for social affairs, Robert Booth, Narrator Nosheen Iqbal that the Conservative Party’s policy of “ripping up bureaucracy” during the coalition years will come under close scrutiny.The government has already issued an apology to the victims and their families for failure in the run-up to the tragedy. Inquiry will see the politicians overseeing the building regulations cross-examined for the first time.

Nosheen also hears from Tiago Alves, a college student who fled her home that evening in June 2017. And she hears from Karim Mussilhy, who lost his uncle to the fire.



People taking part in a quiet walk in Grenfell in London on the four and a half year anniversary of the fire in Grenfell Tower

Photo: @ MuradQureshiLDN / Twitter / PA

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