The leader of Bristol’s Labour group of councillors says that is a “disgrace” that former Bristol West MP Stephen Williams remains an honorary alderman following his “shocking” evidence to the Grenfell Tower inquiry.


Williams, who was MP for Bristol West between 2005 to 2015, served as the government minister responsible for building regulations.


He admitted that he did not read the coroner’s letter recommending government action following a fatal fire in a block of flats eight years before 72 people died at Grenfell in 2017.

Calling for Williams to be stripped of his honorary status as alderman, Steve Pearce said: “The tragedy at Grenfell Tower remains one of the darkest stains on our country’s history.


“Stephen Williams’ testimony at the Grenfell Inquiry, in front of a senior judge, was shocking. Despite being the minister responsible, he admitted having never bothered to read the coroner’s letter or recommendations following the Lakanal House fire in 2009.


“That he remains an honorary alderman of Bristol, one of our city’s highest civic honours, is a disgrace. Stephen Williams must be suspended from this position – pending the outcome of this judge-led inquiry.”

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