Grenfell Petition Backed By Stormzy And Lily Allen Could Be Debated In Parliament
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Members of Parliament could debate an online petition that has the backing of Stormzy and Lily Allen. The forum was created in December last year and it calls on Prime Minister Theresa May to 'take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower inquiry'.
Several investigations are ongoing into the building fire that killed more than 70 people last year, but sections of the public have been brewing with anger over the lack of transparent progress. Stormzy put this fury on centre stage at the recent BRIT Awards during a fierce freestyle rap.
As water poured onto the shirtless grime artist, he said: "Theresa May where's the money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?
"You criminals, and you've got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, you should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."
The petition has gathered significant pace since the 24-year-old musician shared the petition on his Twitter, with more than 124,000 people now signed up.
There are two aims of the appeal, the first requests the inquiry not decided by a judge alone, but be devised of a panel made up of people with relevant expertise; and the second asks for legal representatives of the victims' families to be able to access the evidence and question any witnesses.
When any petition hits 10,000 signatures, it triggers a response from the government, which says: "The Grenfell Tower fire was a truly unimaginable tragedy that should never have happened.
"The Government's highest priority remains making sure that survivors, bereaved families and the wider Grenfell community receive all the support they need.
"The Government recognises the importance of ensuring that those most affected by the tragedy are able to contribute fully to the Inquiry and that is why the Prime Minister welcomes the consideration being given by Sir Martin Moore-Bick to the establishment of a community advisory panel, as proposed at the December procedural hearing."
According to the petition website, it's now at the stage where they're trying to organise a date for a debate.
But Stormzy's savage outburst at the BRITs led to the bookies thinking he could be a decent politician.
William Hill slashed the odds for the 24-year-old in the 2020 London Mayoral Election to sit at 33/1, which is the same as George Osbourne and better than Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.