Gren­fell fire uproar

Irate sur­vivors heckle in­quiry judge calling him ‘dis­re­spect­ful’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

AN­GRY sur­vivors from the Gren­fell Tower fire yes­ter­day turned on the judge lead­ing the pub­lic in­quiry into the tragedy.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick was ac­cused of be­ing “dis­re­spect­ful” to vic­tims and their fam­i­lies af­ter he ig­nored ques­tions from a prom­i­nent lawyer rep­re­sent­ing some of the sur­vivors.

He was heck­led as he walked out of the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing of the in­quiry – held ex­actly three months af­ter the deadly fire on June 14 – as Michael Mans­field QC at­tempted to ask him to hold an ex­tra meet­ing with sur­vivors.

In an hour-long ad­dress, Sir Martin had pledged his in­quiry “can and will pro­vide an­swers” for the fam­i­lies whose lives were changed by the dis­as­ter which killed at least 80 peo­ple in west Lon­don.

The former Court of Ap­peal judge said he would not shrink from mak­ing crit­i­cal find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions about any fail­ures which may have con­trib­uted to a tragedy he said was “un­prece­dented in mod­ern times”.

But he re­fused calls from sur­vivors for Gren­fell res­i­dents to be in­cluded in his panel of ad­vis­ers, say­ing he had to re­main im­par­tial.

Sir Martin had made it clear he would not an­swer ques­tions af­ter his speech and left as Mr Mans­field shouted his ques­tion from the packed au­di­ence at the Grand Con­naught Rooms in cen­tral Lon­don.

As it be­came clear the in- quiry chair­man was leav­ing, res­i­dents and cam­paign­ers shouted “Hello?” and “Rub­bish” at his de­part­ing back.

Mr Mans­field said he had in­tended to ask Sir Martin to meet with sur­vivors to dis­cuss their “reser­va­tions and con­cerns” about the in­quiry process, and said the chair­man’s de­ci­sion to ig­nore him was “dis­re­spect­ful to sur­vivors”.

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