'Parallels between Hillsborough and Grenfell show history could repeat itself,' says Mayor Andy Burnham

'Parallels between Hillsborough and Grenfell show history could repeat itself', says Mayor Andy Burnham

Many have campaigned for justice for the Grenfell fire victims

Friday, February 23, 2018

There's a danger history could repeat itself as Grenfell has a lot of parallels with the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has said.

Grime star Stormzy used his performance at The Brits to criticise the Prime Minister over her response to the Grenfell Tower fire, calling her "criminal" and asking for more funding. Theresa May has said she's "absolutely committed" to helping those affected by the fire in response.

Mayor Andy Burnham, who worked with Hillsborough families, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think he was absolutely right and justified to remind the Prime Minister and the country about the scale of this.

"I see parallels here between Grenfell and Hillsborough – negligence of people’s safety" so "there's a real risk here of history repeating itself, a terrible tragedy when the truth does not emerge for many years to come.

"When I met the Grenfell families this week they relayed to me their very real concerns about the way the public inquiry is being constructed and they don’t think at this stage they’ve got confidence it will get to the truth."

May, he argued, "needs to hear what they are saying – change the way this public inquiry has been set up because we cannot afford to go through this process and it not give truth and justice to those families.

"The best way to solve that is to listen to the families and put the families first, as Theresa May herself said as home secretary and she should do the same now."

He explained, "Hillsborough made progress when we moved it beyond party politics," and "there’s just no room for anyone trying to make capital or point scoring."

The Labour politician added "there is a massive issue in this country of housing injustice… it is for all of them as well as the Grenfell families that we need to get this inquiry right."

Listen to the full interview above