Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has expressed “deep concerns” over the scope of the Grenfell Tower inquiry in a letter to Theresa May.
He has urged the Prime Minister to intervene after fears were raised the probe would fail to consider the broader social and political issues raised by the tragedy.
In his public letter, he claimed people will believe the inquiry, lead by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick , is focused on avoiding criticism of government policy failings, rather than attaining justice for Grenfell survivors.
The government announced broader social questions provoked by the fire, which left at least 80 dead, will not form part of the inquiry in its announcement on Tuesday (August 15) .
Mrs May said she was still “determined” the issue would not be left “unanswered”, but has still been criticised.
Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad called it a called it “a complete betrayal of everything we were promised” while BMELAWYERS4GRENFELL also raised concerns .
Writing to the Prime Minister, Mr Corbyn said: “It is, of course, a relief that the inquiry is now up and running, and that survivors are one step closer to the answers they so desperately need.
“However, I am deeply concerned by the decision to exclude the broader social and political issues raised by the fire from the terms of reference of the inquiry.
“The fire has raised profound concerns about the way that social housing is provided and managed in this country, and I - as well as many survivors - worry that, without a wider focus, the inquiry will fail to get fully to grips with the causes of the fire.
“The fear is that the priority is to avoid criticism of your party’s policy failures rather than secure justice for Grenfell survivors, along with the safety of the many other people who live in social housing in this country.”
He urged Mrs May to set out “a clear, independent and thorough process for identifying and addressing the broader failings that led to the Grenfell fire”, which led to the deaths of more than 80 people.
The inquiry must include people from minority backgrounds to introduce a broader range of views, as residents have demands, Mr Corbyn said.
He also called for survivors to be given indefinite right to remain in the UK on a discretionary basis, saying failure to do so could “undermine” the inquiry as people might be afraid to contribute because of their immigration status.
Mrs May has accepted the terms in full, but insisted that social housing issues would not be “unanswered” as she has ordered Housing Minister Alok Sharma to review social housing.
The inquiry has now officially begun and it will hold its first hearing on September 14, with an initial report by Easter.
It will examine the actions of the authorities before the fire and the handling of the aftermath, as well as the “adequacy” of building regulations, the recent refurbishment of the block and the causes of the fire, the government said.
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