Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Tenants must have voice at Lakanal fire inquest – 21/08/12

Last night I joined tenants and residents on the Sceaux Gardens estate to review developments in the lead up to the Lakanal fire inquest. 

The judge responsible for the inquest recently decided to withdraw ‘properly interested party’ status from the T&RA.  This means that instead of asking questions to witnesses directly, the T&RA will have the opportunity to raise matters with witnesses through the barrister acting as council to the inquest.  

Tenants must have a voice at the inquest, which will examine the terrible fire in Lakanal house in June 2009 that killed six people and forced almost 100 families to move.  The inquest is due to start in January 2013.

It’s deplorable that it’s taken so long for the inquest to be heard.  Now the important thing is for the inquest to answer the very big questions:
Why did the fire spread when the building’s design is for fires to be contained in flats?
Why, when the fire did spread, did the emergency services’ instructions remain to tell people to stay in their homes rather than trying to get out of the block?
If those people who lost their lives had left their homes, would they have lived?
Are the faults that allowed the fire in Lakanal to spread the same for Marie Curie House?

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.