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Grenfell Tower fire: Campaign group vows it 'won't settle for whitewash' ahead of public inquiry opening

Justice4Grenfell says it is determined to play its role ensuring the inquiry addresses the full range of concerns raised by the community and beyond

A campaign group has said ahead of the official opening of the Grenfell Tower inquiry that it will ensure it is “transparent and robust”.

Justice4Grenfell says it is determined to play its role ensuring the probe addresses the full range of concerns raised by survivors, the bereaved and other residents of Kensington and Chelsea .

It is calling on supporters to attend the opening hearing on Thursday (September 14), which takes place in central London.

The inquiry opens exactly three months after flames broke in the 24-storey building , leaving at least 80 dead.

A silent march in memory of those who lost their lives will take place at same evening at 6.30pm, beginning at Notting Hill Methodist Church in Lancaster Road.

A statement released by Justice4Grenfell said: “When he was first announced as its chair, Sir Martin Moore-Bick declared that it was unlikely that the inquiry would address all the issues .

" This provoked understandable anger and he was forced to meet with residents and extend the consultation period before submitting his proposed terms of reference to Theresa May.

“Now that the inquiry is about to begin we are equally determined to ensure that it is as transparent and robust as the people of the RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) and the wider public deserve.

“We will not settle for a whitewash. The way to ensure that will be, is by keeping up the pressure and demonstrating to the chair and his inquiry team that we will remain actively involved in the inquiry from start to finish.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick (right) arriving at the Latymer Community Church near Grenfell Tower in July to meet residents and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire(Image: PA)

“We need to be both inside the inquiry as participants and outside with the interested parties determined to show solidarity and support.”

Justice4Grenfell is calling for supporters to attend the inquiry opening at Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DA, at 10.30am.

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