A DEVASTATING fire which ripped through the Grenfell tower block in West London left 71 people dead and hundreds homeless. Investigations and recovery operations took months and an inquest continues following the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of June 14, 2017. Here's what we know... How many people died in the Grenfell Tower fire? Police revealed in November 2017, more than five months after the fire, that 71 people had died including a stillborn baby. The first victims were named as Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Haj Ali, 23, and artist Khadija Saye, 24. A public inquiry into the cause and spread of the fire officially opened on September 14, 2017 - exactly three months on from the inferno. Recently retired lord justice of appeal, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, was appointed to lead the Grenfell Tower public inquiry. The 70-year-old hopes to produce an interim report by Easter 2018. On September 19, police revealed they were considering pursuing individual manslaughter … [Read more...] about Grenfell Tower victims – how many people died in the London fire in June 2017?
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A PUBLIC inquiry into the Grenfell Tower tragedy launched in September 2017. The investigation faced criticism over its choice of leadership - and there were calls from survivors and victims' families to broaden the inquiry. Here's everything you need to know... What is the Grenfell Tower Inquiry? A public inquiry into the cause and spread of the fire officially opened on September 14, 2017 - exactly three months on from the devastating inferno. In November, it was revealed that 71 people died in the disaster. The inquiry began with Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick giving an opening statement at a central London hotel where victims' relatives and survivors can attend. A video stream was also set up at Notting Hill Methodist Church close to Grenfell Tower. Ahead of the inquiry opening, Moore-Bick said: "I would hope to be able to answer the basic factual questions such as how did the fire start, how did it spread, how was it able to engulf the building in such speed and … [Read more...] about What is the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, what is Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s role and when is the report going to be published?
PUBLISHED: 10:43 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 21 March 2018 Mike Brooke Mayor John Biggs launches Labour's official manifesto in run-up to Tower Hamlets council elections in May. Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke Labour’s mayor of Tower Hamlets has thrown down the gauntlet to take on Downing Street and turn the council into “a fighting organisation” to stop any further cuts in police numbers if he is re-elected in May. Labour mayor John Biggs... "We need to be a campaigning body and make it clear to Downing Street that public safety depends on adequate policing." Picture: Mike Brooke John Biggs, who won his first term in 2015 after Lutfur Rahman was banned from office, made the pledge to tackle government spending cuts at the party’s Tower Hamlets manifesto launch last night. “We have lost 300 police and support officers because of government spending cuts,” he told the East London Advertiser at the launch. “We need to be a … [Read more...] about Mayor John Biggs challenges Downing Street over police cuts at Labour’s Tower Hamlets election manifesto launch
PUBLISHED: 17:17 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:17 21 March 2018 Mike Brooke Pensioners outside Raine's House in Wapping who picketed the town hall. Picture: Vickie Flores Vickie Flores - free use as part of campaign Protesters are turning up from different groups and organisations to picket tonight’s Tower Hamlets council meeting on different issues involving pensioners and night-clubbers. Bingo! Club has been running at Raine's House in Wapping since the 1960s, now in danger from council's proposed hourly fees. Picture: Vickie Flores The pensioners are presenting a petition to save their bingo club and tea dances they have been holding for the past 45 years at the listed Raine’s House in Wapping. The council wants to turn the 300-year-old Raine’s House off Wapping Lane into a modern ‘community hub’ with £30 hourly charges to hire rooms on top of kitchen hiring fees. The pensioners, who began their campaign last month, say they can’t … [Read more...] about Tea dance OAPs and jazz nightclub protesters to picket Tower Hamlets council
PUBLISHED: 10:09 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 26 March 2018 Mike Brooke Rabina Khan running for Mayor of Tower Hamlets as People's Alliance against Labour. Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke A former leading member of ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman’s cabinet has promised a referendum to decide if Tower Hamlets should have an executive mayor after all if she gets elected to the office. All-male audience section at People's Alliance of Tower Hamlets election manifesto launch. Picture: Mike Brooke That was the pledge last night when councillor Rabina Khan launched her People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets party election manifesto for the May 3 polls. She would also open her cabinet to other political parties including Labour which she is trying oust from control at the town hall. Rabina is running for mayor as well as re-election as ward member for Shadwell where she has her power base. Supporters at People's Alliance manifesto launch at Bethnal Green's Atrium venue. Picture: … [Read more...] about Tower Hamlets mayor candidate Rabina Khan launches her People’s Alliance manifesto challenging Labour