Protesters call for justice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire at a demonstration in MayCredit: PA
Their wish for a diverse panel to sit alongside Sir Martin was finally granted by Prime Minister Theresa May after months of campaigning and a petition backed by grime artist Stormzy and more than 150,000 supporters.
Panel members will be appointed for the second phase of the inquiry, due to start later this year, so as not to delay the first part. The Government also promised to consult on banning flammable cladding from high-rise buildings.
Slater and Gordon barrister Kieran Mitchell, who is representing three victims’ families, said the opportunity for them to have their voices listened to had been “a long time coming”.
He said: “Starting this inquest process with statements and images means we have an stark understanding of how this horrific event has obliterated so many lives.
“On behalf of our clients, we are grateful they are have been granted this opportunity to finally reveal the impact these truly terrible events have had on them."
Faces of the victims of the Grenfell disasterCredit: PA
“However, this is just the beginning. We must get the answers everyone craves and understand how this tragedy could ever have been allowed to happen.
“Ultimately our clients want justice and we will not rest until those culpable are held accountable.”
On Monday before the tributes begin, Sir Martin will briefly address the room, followed by a statement from Mr Millett.
The commemorations are taking place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in south Kensington, a new venue closer to the Grenfell community.
Private rooms, quiet areas and a prayer room will be available for the bereaved, survivors and residents, while there will be counselling and NHS support.
As the hearings are taking place during Ramadan, the morning sessions are expected to adjourn for lunch at 12.45pm to allow Muslims to prepare for the 1pm prayer.
A protest outside Parliament over the Grenfell Tower inquiry panelCredit: PA
The rest of phase one of the inquiry will take place at Holborn Bars in central London, where several procedural hearings have already happened.
Campaigners have complained that the location is not suitable as it means survivors will have to undergo further trauma by travelling in “deep claustrophobic tube tunnels” each day.
The probe is believed to have the largest number of core participants to date, with more than 500 survivors, bereaved families and friends, and members of the North Kensington community participating.
As of Thursday, some 533 people have been made core participants in the inquiry, including 21 children. Twenty-nine organisations are core participants.
The main hearing room has a capacity for 500 people and bereaved, survivors and residents will be reserved seats at the front each day.
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