“Bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire – already facing a bleak holiday season without loved ones – are heartbroken to have been given this news on the eve of Christmas.
In response to the news that Prime Minister Theresa May has declined to add an additional expert panel to the Grenfell Tower fire Inquiry, Adel Chaoui who lost four relatives in the fire and is leading the petition to the Prime Minister said:
“Not only does the news continue to ignore our concerns, but it seems to have been timed deliberately, on the last working day for most law firms, to limit the time available for us to take legal advice and, or challenge the decision – under the Inquiries Act we have 14 days from today to bring a legal challenge by way of judicial review of the Prime Minister’s decision not to appoint additional panel members.
“Given the news was never going to be well received, the timing raises serious questions about judgement and intent. Poor judgement and discourtesy
not to have waited until the New Year to avoid upset during the holidays, but more concerning, what could possibly be behind the intent to limit time available to respond?
“With the Government’s failed promise to update fire regulation after Lakanal House, we feel serious questions should be asked about the decision not to appoint a decision making panel members to support Sir Martin.
“We also find it questionable as to why the Prime Minister at the very least did not seek to solicit Sir Martin’s opinion on the matter when he clearly stated he could not unsolicited make a recommendation.
“We continue to call on the Prime Minister to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and seek as much support for our petition as possible. In addition to potential legal avenues, we hope to secure 100,000 signatures within the next 5 months and force a Parliamentary debate on the question; where the Prime Minister will be asked to publicly defend a decision to not give us a fair chance of justice.
“We ask the public who have supported Grenfell bereaved families and residents since the devastating fire to sign our petition and more important, share with friends, neighbours and colleagues.
“What we’re asking is not unusual for a public inquiry; it falls firmly within existing inquiries legislation. Given the scale of death and destruction, it cannot be right that the truth of what happened in Grenfell Tower will be judged by a single person.”