• David Lammy voiced fury at the massive death toll in the London tower block fire
  • Says he fears ‘hundreds’ will have lost their lives when final toll becomes clear
  • Brands the disaster ‘corporate manslaughter’ and demands arrests are made 

James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Tottenham MP David Lammy said he believed arrests should be made over the fire

Tottenham MP David Lammy said he believed arrests should be made over the fire

Tottenham MP David Lammy said he believed arrests should be made over the fire

A London Labour MP has branded the Grenfell Tower blaze ‘corporate manslaughter’ and demanded arrests are made.

Labour’s David Lammy – who said he was losing hope for close friends caught up in the tragedy – said he feared ‘hundreds’ had died.

And the furious Tottenham MP insisted that people must be ‘held to account’ for allowing the disaster to happen.

Without identifying anyone he regarded as culpable, Mr Lammy pointed out that housing conditions in the capital were too often ‘unacceptable’ and urged the demolition of unsafe buildings. 

The passionate comments came as Mr Lammy appealed for information about ‘beautiful’ artists Khadija Saye, 24, and her mother Mary, who lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower.

Friends said that she was recognisable by the Africa pendant she always wears around her neck.

Mr Lammy said: ‘As the seconds pass we grow more sad and bleak at every second,’.

He added: ‘I suspect hundreds will have done by the end of this count.’ 

Mr Lammy said the fire amounted to ‘corporate manslaughter’ – although the cause has yet to be established. 

‘These are poor Londoners but they are the lucky ones who are in social housing. Most of them will be the working poor in London,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

‘This is the richest borough in our country treating its citizens in an appalling way and we should call it what it is. It is corporate manslaughter. That is what it is and there should be arrests made.

‘It is an outrage.’ 

Mr Lammy went on: ‘We know as politicians that the conditions in this country are unacceptable.’

‘We built buildings int he 1970s, many of them should be demolished.

‘It is totally unacceptable. People should be held to account.’ 

Families have begun the desperate search for loved ones that have gone missing after a huge inferno engulfed a tower block in west London.

Moments after cheating death and escaping Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, relatives are now faced with the prospect of having to search for those who have gone missing during the ensuing chaos. 

Khadija Saye, who lives on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower in west London is also among those who are currently missing

Khadija Saye, who lives on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower in west London is also among those who are currently missing

Friends said that she was recognisable by the Africa pendant she always wears around her neck

Friends said that she was recognisable by the Africa pendant she always wears around her neck

Khadija Saye, who lives on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower in west London is also among those who are currently missing. Friends said that she was recognisable by the Africa pendant she always wears around her neck

The fire at Grenfell Tower broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning 

The fire at Grenfell Tower broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning 

The fire at Grenfell Tower broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning 

The Health and Safety Executive, the police and the fire service are now expected to launch a large-scale investigation and Rachel Adamson, Head of Regulatory Law at Stephensons law firm, said for an incident of this size it is very likely they will be considering criminal charges. 

She told MailOnline: ‘Corporate manslaughter charges are often quite difficult to prove as they relate to the controlling mind of the business.

‘If an individual is thought to have been negligent, a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence may be considered.

‘There are a range of other potential charges, such as breach of fire regulations or breach of health and safety regulations, these are the tiers down from manslaughter.’

Investigators are expected to look at how recent renovation work was carried out, whether Construction Regulations have been adhered to, and what fire safety precautions were in place.

More than one resident has claimed that there was no central fire alarm system for the tower block – or it had failed – and only smoke alarms in individual flats were working.

There are also claims that there that there was no central sprinkler system – or it was also not working properly during the fire.

Others have claimed that the new cladding encasing the block added during last year’s £10million refurbishment by Rydon Construction caught alight ‘like a matchstick’. 

Checks are to be carried out on tower blocks going through similar refurbishment to Grenfell Tower, policing and fire minister Nick Hurd has said.

 

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