Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said:

“It is a tragedy that must never happen again, whatever it takes and whatever the consequences for the Council.

“Our first thoughts and our last thoughts will be with those that lost their lives, so we will be assisting this Inquiry to expose the lessons of Grenfell so they can be applied by every council, every authority, every building owner, every private landlord, and every single person that has responsibility for housing in this country. The Council will do all it can to assist the Inquiry.

“I want to be clear, we have no interest in defending anything at the Inquiry, we are a public authority, and we want the truth. Not only for the victims and the bereaved, but for the whole UK as we all face up to issues of fire safety and safe housing.

“Wherever we can, we will continue to support the survivors, the bereaved families, and residents from the local area. We have staff doing everything they can to rehouse families as quickly as possible and support them in rebuilding their lives.”