Chair pledges tributes to those who died in fire would be treated as ‘integral evidence’

A series of highly charged and emotional tributes to those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire launched a long-awaited public inquiry into the disaster as its chair, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, pledged that survivors’ testimony would be treated as “integral evidence” in proceedings which could run into 2020.

Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and nieces of the dead were among those who spoke or provided statements about their loved ones as the inquiry began just over 11 months after the fire, which Moore-Bick described as “the single greatest tragedy to befall this city since the second world war”.

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