Fire Safety Bill: the Facts

This Bill, three years on from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, seeks to improve the practices of fire risk assessment and prevention, in order to ensure that such a terrible event can never happen again. There is also a Building Regulations Bill alongside it.

Labour put forward an amendment asking the Government to accept all of the recommendations from the Phase 1 Report in to the fire, and they're saying that because the Conservatives voted against it, we don't care about the victims.

I am appalled to see this being used as a political football.

James Brokenshire MP explained in his summing up of the debate that there is an ongoing consultation with stakeholders about the recommendations and the intention is to implement them all, but that the consultation should be allowed to run its course before that formal decision is taken.

James Brokenshire MP also said that the specific wording of Labour's amendment was legally problematic, as they could leave the legislation vulnerable to legal challenges further down the line.

As Members of Parliament we have a huge responsibility to ensure we make legislation that is legally watertight and does what it is meant to do, avoiding loopholes and challenges.

Issues like this shouldn't be a political fight and it's a shame that Labour chose to launch a social media campaign about this last night.

As a member of the All Parliamentary Party Group for Fire Safety this Bill is extremely important to me. I and all Members from across the House of Commons are committed to delivering the changes necessary in order to avoid such a tragedy like Grenfell ever happening again.