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BMELawyers4Grenfell Challenge Government On Choice Of Inquiry Panel

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BMElawyers4Grenfell accuse government of failing to consult on inquiry panel composition as they prepare to launch judicial review proceedings.

Peter Herbert called for the inquiry panel to be ethnically and religiously diverse.

Lawyers for some of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are preparing to launch judicial review proceedings against the government over the way preparations for the public inquiry have been handled.

BMElawyers4Grenfell have accused the government of failing to consult about the composition of the inquiry panel, the selection of Sir Martin Moore-Bick as chair of the panel and the expert advisers to the panel.

In a letter sent to Moore-Bick on Friday and copied to the prime minister, home secretary and lord chief justice, the lawyers call for diversity reflecting the varied backgrounds of the survivors and those who lost their lives to be respected.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick arrives at the Latymer community church near Grenfell Tower to meet residents and survivors of the fire.

At a consultation meeting on Thursday night attended by Moore-Bick and members of the panel, residents and survivors, barrister Peter Herbert, a member of BMElawyers4Grenfell, challenged Moore-Bick about the lack of diversity of the panel.

“Every time disasters happen the government appoints itself to examine itself,” he said. “You are really nice people but you don’t represent London apart from the privileged part.

To Read Full Original Article; https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/21/lawyers-for-grenfell-survivors-call-for-diverse-inquiry-panel

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