Posted: 16.09.20 at 11:47 by Tom Avery
Congleton MP Fiona Bruce has claimed it would have been "premature" for the House of Commons to implement recommendations from the first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry into the Fire Safety Bill, due to the Government's Fire Safety consultation not closing until next month.
The proposed Labour amendment was rejected by 318 votes to 188, with Mrs Bruce one of the MPs to reject the proposal.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the Government had shown "a shameful dereliction of duty" by rejecting the proposal, while the group Grenfell United said it was "outraged" by the vote's result.
Explaining her voting decision, Mrs Bruce told Nub News: "The Government is determined to continue to learn the lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire, and reform building and fire safety to ensure that such a tragedy can never happen again and I therefore strongly encourage those with an interest or concerns about this to respond to the Government’s Fire Safety consultation to help inform this work, before 12th October deadline.
"I hope people will therefore understand that since this does not close until 12th October, for the House of Commons to have accepted the amendment on 7th September would have been premature."
The amendment would have imposed a new set of regulations on building managers in England, such as requiring them to share information with their local fire service about aspects of their buildings' designs, carry out regular inspections of lifts and entrances, and share fire safety instructions with residents.