The London fire commissioner in charge of the highly criticised response to the Grenfell Tower fire has resigned after renewed calls from bereaved families and survivors of the disaster for her to quit.
Dany Cotton announced on Friday she would be stepping down on New Year’s Eve, bringing forward her planned retirement in June. In October, after the public inquiry into what happened on the night of the fire found serious failings in the London fire brigade’s (LFB) preparation and response, Cotton refused to resign, saying she wanted to see out reforms.
The inquiry concluded that the LFB’s delay in evacuating the burning building cost lives and Cotton was wrong to suggest that planning for such a cladding fire would be like planning “for a space shuttle to land on the Shard”, given the LFB knew about the risk. The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, also resisted calls for her to go.
A group of bereaved families met Khan at City Hall three weeks ago and restated their demand for her to resign.
“We asked him to do the right thing,” said Shahrokh Aghlani, whose mother, Sakineh Afrasiabi, and aunt, Fatemeh Afrasiabi, were killed in the fire. “She should have gone long ago. It was disrespectful to our loved ones who died. It is a step in the right direction towards restoring our faith in the system.” Read more