Emma Dent Coad, the Labour MP for Kensington, said: ‘We’re feeling marginalised and neutralised.’

What gives?

Representatives of the residents of Grenfell Tower – both survivors and those who sadly lost their lives – should be among the first to receive core participant status.

And of the 521 who have received this status, how many represent the residents’ interests?

If evidence is excluded because the appropriate representatives are excluded – for no very good reason, then the result will be mocked.

We’ve had a Tory government of some form for nearly eight long years now – we all know a stitch-up when we see one.

Labour councillors representing the survivors of the Grenfell tower fire have claimed they are being excluded from the inquiry.

The councillors, including Emma Dent Coad, who unexpectedly overturned a Conservative majority of more than 7,000 to win the seat for Labour the week before the blaze, said their request for core participant status had been turned down three times by the inquiry chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

“We’re feeling marginalised and neutralised,” she said. “This is our patch, it’s us who work on the ground. We have far more knowledge and experience than someone who’s never been up a tower block.”

The inquiry has granted core participant status to 521 people, organisations and entities. This guarantees legal funding, the first sight of documents disclosed by other participants, such as the tenant management organisation, and the right to cross-examine witnesses.

Source: Labour councillors say they are being cut out of Grenfell fire inquiry | UK news | The Guardian

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