Grenfell: Government could be charged with corporate manslaughter, says councillor

Labour councillor suggests Government could also be investigated over Grenfell Tower

The Grenfell Tower fire may have been a result of corporate manslaughter

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Government could be investigated over Grenfell Tower with a view to imposing corporate manslaughter charges, according to a local Labour councillor who spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning.

Police have said that Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Tenant Management Organisation may have committed corporate manslaughter, and Pat Mason believes the chain of responsiblity could go even higher.

He told Julia: "This begs the question that if the council and the TMO can be charged with corporate manslaughter, the Metropolitan Police...should be investigating the government for corporate manslaughter because they, in a sense, set the regulatory safety regulations.

He added that in Kensington and Chelsea "historically it’s always been a Conservative council, they always assume they will win power.

"I think a superiority of arrogance sets in where they just believe they know best [so didn't listen to residents about fire risks] and that those residents in North Kensington don’t dress like them, don’t speak like them."

Julia pointed out that the other tower blocks in Labour councils also had the same cladding and suggested it was just luck other towers didn't burn. But Mason argued "maybe it's not a matter of luck."

Julia hit back: "I think you are doing a disservice to the people in your borough...I think Kensington and Chelsea Council are beyond stupidly arrogant... but I don’t think it’s because they're Tories, I think it’s because they are just useless."

Mason then said: "I’m telling you what people on the ground are saying, this is not necessarily my view."

Listen to the full interview above