Grenfell Tower ‘cover up’ claim after Chancellor Philip Hammond says cladding wasn’t legal : Daily Record

Labour MP demands immediate seizure of all documents relevant to blaze after Tory minister says flammable plastic covering didn’t meet rules.

Fears of a “cover-up” over the Grenfell Tower fire emerged yesterday as a row erupted over whether the cladding on the building was illegal in the UK.

David Lammy demanded the immediate seizure of all documents relevant to the blaze.

The Labour MP said there was growing suspicion of a cover-up and contractors were already deleting evidence of their work on the tower from their websites.

His call came as Chancellor Philip Hammond said the cladding on the tower was illegal in the UK.

And Labour’s Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions, said prosecutors were looking at manslaughter charges over the 58 deaths.

Lammy, whose friend Khadija Saye died in the fire, said the police have powers to seize papers and records.

But he said Section 35 of Public Inquiry Act that makes the destruction of any documents a criminal offence does not apply until the chair of the inquiry has been appointed and the terms of reference set.

Lammy said: “The Prime Minister has failed to provide the required leadership in recent days and there is real and justifiable anger within the community.

“But this is not about the Prime Minister’s character, this is about the injustices that caused the Glenfell Fire and the action we need to see now to secure justice for those who are suffering.



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