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Grenfell Inquiry needs 'greater focus' on race and discrimination

The Mayor of London has called for the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to put a greater focus on whether race and discrimination were factors in the tragedy.

Sadiq Khan is concerned about the lack of a "diverse and representative panel" and backs calls from the families of Grenfell victims to investigate the links between the tragedy and race.

In a letter to Inquiry Chair, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, ahead of the final day before recess, the Mayor set out his belief that the Inquiry’s terms of reference failed to include wider questions about social housing and the treatment of tenants.

He is also calling for an assessor to the Inquiry to be appointed with relevant experience of social housing and an understanding of inequality and discrimination. 

The Prime Minister vowed in February to shortlist potential candidates for a third member of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry panel “as a matter of urgency”, but more than five months on there has been little or no progress.

The Mayor has written to the Prime Minister for a third time, calling for the Government to appoint a panel member in time for when the Inquiry returns in September.

Khan believes any further delay will "erode trust in the Inquiry process." 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “We must all do everything in our power to learn the lessons from Grenfell and prevent a similar disaster from ever happening again. This includes investigating the role that discrimination and inequality played in this tragedy – something sorely lacking from the Inquiry so far.

“I believe it’s crucial that we explore the issue of social housing in this country and I urge the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to give this greater attention when it reconvenes again in September.

"This Inquiry provides an opportunity to bring about meaningful change to how residents are treated, and to ensure they can feel safe in their homes. 

“The Prime Minister and his Government need to turn warm words into proper action - the lack of progress and communication is simply unacceptable.

"The Prime Minister promised urgency in appointing a new panel member to the Inquiry, but five months on, the bereaved, next of kin, survivors and residents of Grenfell Tower are still waiting for the independent and diverse panel they deserve, and what we know is essential for the full trust of the community.”