Tag Archives: Grenfell Tower

Residents living in fear of fire in council-run housing blocks

Despite condemning office-to-flat conversions, Croydon Council has been using three such buildings to provide temporary housing. A year after a Fire Brigade inspection found the blocks unsafe, improvement works have still not finished, leaving residents forced to live on a … Continue reading

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Mayor refuses to say if Barwell was questioned over Grenfell

Unlike most people when newly out of work, gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell didn’t spend his first day of unemployment looking for a new job. The £150,000 per year Downing Street chief of staff until Boris Johnson’s coronation on Wednesday, Barwell spent … Continue reading

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MP Jones calls on government to spend £1bn on sprinklers

Today marks 10 years since the Lakanal House fire in Southwark, where six people – including young mothers and their infant children – were killed when flames and smoke spread through a council-owned high-rise. Yet an investigation conducted by Sarah … Continue reading

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Did Barwell have his collar felt over the Grenfell fire tragedy?

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the continuing interrogation of senior Tory government figures over their inaction and incompetence Is it possible that Gavin Barwell, one of a string of Tory housing ministers who before the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy failed … Continue reading

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Barwell and the ignored warnings that led to Grenfell tragedy

Gavin Barwell, the former housing minister and sometime Conservative MP for Croydon Central, could be hauled up before the public inquiry into the Grenfell disaster after an investigation by the website Inside Housing today published correspondence which shows that he, … Continue reading

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Abuse and insults fly after ‘not guilty’ plea over Grenfell effigy

Millionaire property owner Paul Bussetti this week entered not guilty pleas at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to charges brought following the filming and sharing last year of a sick video of a burning effigy of Grenfell Tower. This week’s court hearing, … Continue reading

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Manchester and Birmingham join Croydon’s sprinkler campaign

The council press office described it as “doorstepping” the Prime Minister, as MP Sarah Jones and council deputy leader Alison Butler were part of a group which handed in a letter signed by 15 local authorities to try to shame … Continue reading

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