Grenfell inquiry: Government will have to enforce recommendations due to public pressure, says victims' lawyer

Grenfell inquiry: 'Government will have to enforce recommendations due to public pressure'

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry is starting today (September 14)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Government will have to enforce recommendations made by the Grenfell Tower public inquiry due to "political, social, moral and public pressure," according to a leading barrister.

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry is set to begin today (September 14). It will be led by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick and look at high-rise building regulations, the reasons for the fire's cause and spread, and actions taken by the local authority.

Barrister John Cooper QC, who is representing some of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Two of the most important aspects of an inquiry is one, to make recommendations which are followed through to make sure lessons are learned, and two, to hold people to account.

"I would’ve thought that political, social, moral and public pressure will mean...that whatever recommendations are made they will be followed by the Government” unlike the Lakanal House inquiry, Cooper continued.

“If they don’t they’re going to be in serious trouble.”

Turning to the origins of the fire, Cooper said that "in my opinion, having already immersed myself in certain aspects of this case, this tragedy was avoidable.”

Cooper also said: "We want the truth. We want justice obviously on behalf of the individuals involved we want accountability. We want transparency".

However "I think we’re going to have to fight if you’ll excuse my language damned hard to get it."

Listen to the full interview above