US News PM expands Grenfell panel after survivors' pressure

15:30  11 may  2018
15:30  11 may  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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The news comes after inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick faced criticism for saying that including survivors and people from the surrounding North Kensington community on his advisory panel could undermine its impartiality. Grenfell Tower Inquiry / Press Association Images.

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Mrs May posed with the artist Damel Carayol who presented her with a print of his artwork Credit: Damel Carayol © Other Mrs May posed with the artist Damel Carayol who presented her with a print of his artwork Credit: Damel Carayol

Theresa May has granted the wish of Grenfell families by allowing additional panel members at the public inquiry.

They will join Judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick for the second phase of his investigation, which is due to start hearing evidence later this month.

It comes after a petition started by members of Grenfell United was signed by more than 156,000 people calling for an expert panel to sit alongside the judge.

A view of Grenfell Tower in west London. © PA A view of Grenfell Tower in west London.

The petition was led by Adel Chaoui, Karim Mussilhy and Sandra Ruiz, who all lost relatives in the fire.

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Mr Chaoui said: "This is a huge step for all of us who are desperate to make sure the inquiry delivers truth and justice for the loved ones we lost in the fire and those that survived."

He added: "This panel means that the inquiry will have the expertise it needs to get to the truth of why our community was not listened to when we raised concerns, why such a dangerous refurbishment could be allowed to go ahead and all the issues that led up to that awful night.

File photo dated 14/06/17 of the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London © PA File photo dated 14/06/17 of the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London

"These are questions that need to be answered to make sure this never happens again."

Meanwhile, Downing Street confirmed that a painting of the blackened tower given to the Prime Minister last night by an artist will hang in No 10.

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The Prime Minister met a number of Grenfell survivors on Thursday evening, among them artist Damel Carayol.

Video: Artist gives painting of Grenfell to PM

Mr Carayol had given Mrs May the painting, entitled Grenfell Tower: Eyesore!! Final Straw, telling Sky News that the artwork was a "painful expression of anger".

A Downing Street spokesman said the painting would go through the usual process for any artwork given to No 10 to decide "where best it fits".

Asked if it would be displayed somewhere in the building, he said: "Yes, that's my understanding."

On Monday MPs will hold a debate on the fire, which destroyed the west London tower block in June, killing 71 people.

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