Grenfell rally takes place in Parliament Square | London

Lawyers acting for Grenfell Tower victims have seen just 0.5% of documents relating to the fire, the shadow justice secretary has said.

At a Grenfell rally in Parliament Square, Labour MP Richard Burgon said solicitors acting for bereaved families and survivors were “concerned that they have only had access to 0.5% of relevant documentation”.

Speaking on Monday before a Commons debate on the fire, he added: “That raises concerns about what they’re not seeing.”

The rally came after the Government agreed two experts will sit with the judge investigating the blaze, following calls for a diverse panel.

More than 156,000 people had signed a petition backing the move.
It also called for lawyers working for bereaved families to have access to all evidence and to be able to cross-examine witnesses.

Grenfell United spokesman Adel Chaoui said the second half of the petition remained unanswered.

Among the crowd was actor Michael Sheen, who said he wanted to see that “pressure is kept on” authorities and that “voices of residents are heard”.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott welcomed the expanded panel but said it was “not enough”, adding: “We need to know who they’re going to be.

“If they just have puppets on the panel that is not going to help anybody.”
The second phase of Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s inquiry is due to start hearing evidence later this month.

Firefighter David Badillo, one of the first on the scene of the blaze on June 14 last year, said: “It shouldn’t take bereaved families to have to petition for it. It’s something that should’ve been given as soon as they asked.”

Mr Badillo, who ran the London Marathon with colleagues to raise money for children hit by the disaster, added: “All anyone wants is the truth – it’s all part of the fight.”

Speakers also called for unsafe cladding to be removed from every building in the country and for those still living in hotels to be rehomed.

Mr Chaoui, who lost relatives in the blaze, compared flammable cladding to “allowing homes to be wrapped in petro-chemical blankets”.

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