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Parliament Debates Grenfell 2 Years On

Parliament Square, London. Thu 6 Jun 2019



 A week before the second anniversary of the disaster Parliament was debating Grenfell

 Some went inside into the public gallery but a small group stayed outside to have a visible presence

 Campaigners feel that people should have been charged with criminal offences within a few weeks of the fire, which made the criminal consequences
     
 of their actions clear. One woman wears a pearly jacket calling for 'Council Homes for People Not Profit'. Many Grenfell families have still not been found
     
 permanent homes despite the promises made by Theresa May and others. No charges have been made and police say they will not until the public

 inquiry ends. There seems to be a determined effort by all concerned to overload the inquiry with legal documents

 rather than try to get at the facts. Independent researchers came up with the facts and issued a report in a few

 weeks, and feel there were grounds for criminal cases, not just the 'corporate manslaughter' charge the police are apparently considering. Even if anyone
     
 is eventually convicted of that, the court can only impose a fine on the company, not send those responsible to prison. There will never be justice for

 Grenfell, or perhaps like Hillsborough it will only be after 28 years of struggle that people are brought to court.

 Moyra Samuels of Justice for Grenfell (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Moyra Samuels (left) and Eileen Short of Defend Council Housing

 

 

 

 

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