Exclusive: In his first newspaper interview, Edward Daffern explains how his repeated safety warnings were ignored

The Grenfell Tower resident who issued warnings in 2016 that disaster would strike has predicted that every part of the decision-making process before the fire will be exposed as “rotten and cancerous” during the public inquiry, which starts its first phase on Monday.

Edward Daffern has given his first newspaper interview about the night of the blaze and his attempts to hold the tower’s landlords to account over several years. During the interview he predicted the inquiry will reveal that everything that happened was avoidable and that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), the building owner, had a “feudal” relationship with residents.

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