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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 PM announces two more people will sit on the panel , a move pushed for by survivors and the 156,000 who signed their petition. two panel members to support Sir Martin's chairmanship for phase two of the inquiry's work onwards." It comes after members of Grenfell United started a petition

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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 government has caved to pressure from relatives of Grenfell Tower victims to include a “diverse” range of people on the panel investigating reasons Theresa May previously rejected a request from grieving family members for a diverse decision-making panel to sit alongside the head of the public

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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Almost a year since the Grenfell Tower fire, the first phase of the public inquiry will open on Monday and start with tributes for the 72 victims. From taxi drivers to architects, the very young to the elderly, big families to working singletons; each victim will be remembered over the course of the next two weeks.Relatives and friends of those who died will have the opportunity to paint a picture of their loved ones in a video recording or personal testimony in front of the retired judge chairing the inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

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