I will never stop speaking out and campaigning to put right all the wrongs that have been done, to my neighbours who lost their lives, to the survivors, to the bereaved, to the local community, to the first responders, and to all those affected across the country by this avoidable atrocity and the appalling living conditions for so many people that have since been exposed.
On 6 June 2019, just ahead of the second anniversary, I lead a backbench debate on the Response to the Grenfell Tower Fire in the House of Commons. We covered a wide range of issues, from dangerous electric goods, to fire safety regulations, insurance, mental health provision, and the continued failure of RBKC Council to do their job and look after those they are elected or employed to serve. The transcript of the debate is here.
I am making various long-term plans, the first of which is to find a suitable host library for the Grenfell Archive, which will be an open access online resource of all research, referenced reports from research institutes, universities, professional organisations and legal bodies. This will be an essential resource for journalists, campaigners and others wishing to analyse the Inquiry interim report, and when the Inquiry reopens next year. Negotiations are under way and I hope to be able to confirm where the Archive will be hosted by the end of the year.
We have other plans working with professional organisations, which are in preparation and will be announced as soon as possible. This will clearly be a lifetime’s work for me, as it is already for so many others who have embraced the allied campaigns, or who have had this burden forced upon them.
I will pursue this campaign relentlessly until everyone can be safe from avoidable danger in their homes.
The burnt carcase of Grenfell Tower speaks for itself and has revealed the true face of Kensington—the mask has dropped. We have poverty, malnutrition, overcrowding, poor maintenance and, underlying this, a lack of care. The people who have been failed want justice and accountability, and an honest and transparent process to achieve it. We all now have to step up to ensure that we live in a world where a terrible and avoidable tragedy such as the fire of Grenfell Tower never happens again.
Emma Dent Coad MP, Housing and Social Security Debate, 22nd June 2017
And here is the list in full:
Grenfell Tower Inquiry – 30 October 2019
Climate Emergency – 17 October 2019 (Contribution to Queens Speech Debate)
Social Housing – 13 June 2019
Grenfell Tower Fire (Backbench Debate) – 6 June 2019
Fire Safety & Sprinkler Systems (Westminster Hall Debate) – 12 March 2019
Tower Blocks : Dangerous Cladding – 22 January 2019
Firefighters: Mental Health Support (Westminster Hall Debate) – 18 December 2018
Grenfell Tower – 10 December 2018
HIV & World AIDS Day – 29 November 2018
Finance (no. 3) Bill – 12 November 2018
Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Bill – 26 October 2018
Grenfell Tower – 16 May 2018
Grenfell Tower Inquiry (Westminster Hall Debate) – 14 May 2018
Grenfell Update – 22 March 2018
Building Safety – 15 March 2018
Fire Safety and Cladding (Westminster Hall Debate) – 6 March 2018
Social Housing and Regeneration : Earl’s Court and West Kensington (Westminster Hall) – 20 February 2018
Homes (Fitness for Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill – 19 January 2018
Budget Resolutions – 2 November 2017
Grenfell Tower and Building Safety – 5 September 2017
New Housing Design – 5 September 2017
Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry – 12 July 2017
Maiden speech – 22 June 2017