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Sadiq Khan calls for Grenfell fire interim report to be published this summer

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster to establish what had happened.

The Mayor of London has called for an interim report into the Grenfell Tower fire to be published this summer and for the public inquiry to examine whether the block was refurbished safely.

Sadiq Khan said there were “questions that demand answers”, adding: “We can’t afford to wait many years for those answers.”

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster to establish what had happened.

Speaking near the scene of the blaze in west London, Mr Khan said: “One of the things the public inquiry will look into is the refurbishment of the tower blocks and whether the tower block was refurbished in a safe way.

“There are obvious questions about value for money and other questions that will be raised and other questions that demand answers.

“We can’t afford to wait many years for those answers. Which is why I am today calling for an interim report to be published this summer.”

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Police and Fire Minister Nick Hurd promised the public inquiry will “leave absolutely no stone unturned”.

He said the investigation into the blaze will seek to produce a “factually-based understanding of what happened” on the night of the fire and the events which led to it.

Mr Hurd indicated that a promised review of building regulations would not be published until after the inquiry.

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Asked why the review, promised after the inquest into the Lakanal House blaze, had not been published, he said: “Our commitment is to a full public inquiry where everything needs to be looked at in the round.

“This is a very complicated situation, it is an absolutely unprecedented fire in the observation of those who fought it.

“We need to understand what happened on that dreadful night and as the Prime Minister has said, get a really proper factually-based, evidence-based understanding of what happened on that night, and what happened in the run-in to that night.”

Mrs May made the announcement after visiting emergency teams at the scene of the blaze in west London.

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Prime Minister Theresa May with emergency workers at the site. (Rick Findler/PA)

Speaking at 10 Downing Street following the visit, she said: “We need to know what happened, we need to know an explanation.

“We owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones and the homes in which they lived.

“That is why I am ordering a full public inquiry so that we can get to the answers, we can find out exactly what happened.”

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Grenfell Tower, built in 1974, was recently refurbished at a cost of £8.6 million, with work completed in May last year.

A blog post from Grenfell Action Group in November said “only a catastrophic event” would expose the concerns residents had about the building.

The group said there was one entry and exit to the tower during improvement works and it had issues with evacuation procedures.

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