British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday bowed to pressure from families of the 71 people who died in last year’s Grenfell Tower fire by appointing new experts to assist an inquiry into the blaze.
“To best serve the increasing scale and complexity of the inquiry, I have decided to appoint an additional two panel members,” she said in a written statement.
“The fire in Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy, and I am determined that justice is done for the victims, survivors, bereaved and the wider community.”
Survivors’ groups feared the inquiry risked being a whitewash unless May appointed a diverse panel that would better represent the local community to oversee the investigation.
Prior to May’s announcement Friday the panel was to consist only of inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick.
“We should not have had to campaign for it,” Adel Chaoui, who lost four relatives in the London fire, said, adding that they were “relieved” by the…