Remembering the victims of Grenfell blaze

Tragedy: Campaigners gathered to remember those who died

Campaigners in Oxford gathered to hold a vigil in memory of the Grenfell tower victims nearly one year on from the tragedy.

More than 80 people supported the Oxford Stand Up to Racism Justice for Grenfell event on Monday last week with city councillors and Oxford students gathered in the city centre.

June 14 will mark the one year anniversary of the tower block blaze in London in which 72 people died when dangerous cladding caught fire.

The Oxford event coincided with a petition lodged with the government calling for Grenfell victims and their families to have the right to speak through legal representation at the public inquiry.

Cllr Shaista Aziz and Cllr Lubna Arshad spoke at the vigil in front of students from Balliol, Wadham and Sommerville colleges, while Oxford poet Rip Buckley delivered a sonnet leading a minute’s silence.

Ian Mckendrick, from Oxford Stand Up To Racism, said: “The Grenfell survivors and the families of the victims have every right to be worried about the conduct of the public inquiry.

“It is vital a spotlight is shone to uncover all the factors that lead to the Grenfell disaster to make sure it never happens again.”

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