Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

Barry talks about local issues on Sunday Politics London

Today, Barry appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics- London to discuss London issues.

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On the programme, hosted by the BBC's Chris Mason, Barry discussed issues such as Carnivals, the potential of Havering Council 'leaving' London and the Government's response to Grenfell.

On the issue of the Grenfell inquiry, Barry said: "One thing that we should see the inquiry widened out to look at is the way these supposed compliance codes are written. There are building regulations and then the industry creates compliance codes. The industry says 'if you do this and this then you might reach the compliance code' and that seems to have gone wrong here. I think the industry is being given far too much power to actually water down the building regulations."

He went on to say: "The needs to be a response to the different elements of the community and those who suffered bereavement. There has to be a vent, there has to be a vent for the anger and concern. That does take us into the realms of politics because we know that political decisions were not taken that could have averted this tragedy and that other decisions now need to be taken- and swiftly- to make sure that nothing like this happens again."

You can see Barry's appearance on Sunday Politics here, starting at 37 minutes in.

Photo Credit: BBC Sunday Politics.

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