Minister for London Greg Hands questions appropriateness of event after deadly fire but mayor says moving it risks damaging community relations

Sadiq Khan has refused to move Notting Hill carnival after a senior government minister questioned whether the annual event that happens near the site of the Grenfell Tower fire was appropriate so soon after the deadly blaze.

Greg Hands, the minister for London, wrote to the London mayor to ask whether it would be “appropriate to stage a carnival in the near proximity of a major national disaster”. Though he accepted it “must go ahead”, he suggested that it be moved and raised the prospect of the local council stepping in to organise it.

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