Grenfell Tower death toll may have been covered up, says David Lammy
Watch: The Labour MP said he wanted to 'validate' the cover-up claims.
The death toll from the Grenfell Tower disaster may have been covered up to keep public anger at bay, a prominent Labour MP has suggested.
Appearing on Newsnight, David Lammy said he was sympathetic to the claims.
“I am being honest about what people have said to me. Lets validate those people…. I was not standing outside of Genfell Tower watching my neighbours jump and burn to death but I’ve heard those people and we should validate what they’re saying. They’re not making it up.”
Asked why the authorities might stage a cover up, he said: “What people say is that if you put the numbers out early, there could be civil unrest. That’s what they say.”
But when asked whether he believed that himself, Lammy insisted: “I have no idea. You’d have to ask the police chief.”
Police have so far confirmed 79 victims are either dead or presumed dead after flames ripped through the west London high rise two weeks ago.
Pressed on whether he believed the claim that there had been a cover up, Lammy said: “I am sympathetic to it, I am going to walk alongside those people.”
His comments come as ministers revealed 75 buildings in 26 councils had failed fire safety tests - a 100% failure rate so far.