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Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:20 pm on 21st January 2020.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East 5:20 pm, 21st January 2020

I am pleased to follow Andy Slaughter and I completely agreed with much of what he said. We must learn what mistakes were made and then make improvements across the board so that others never suffer the same terrible tragedy that happened at Grenfell.

I want to express both sympathy for the Grenfell victims and admiration for their demeanour. I have met many of them. If such a thing happened to most of us, I do not think we would be able to cope. I express my admiration for the way they have conducted themselves since this terrible tragedy and sympathy for the people who lost their lives and their families. It must be the most horrendous experience possible to die in such circumstances, and we must always remember that that is what happened.

I served on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority between 2004 and 2007. The Minister served on the same board subsequently.