A member of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has resigned after she was linked to the firm which supplied the tower block’s deadly cladding.
Benita Mehra was appointed shortly before Christmas for the second phase of the inquiry, which is due to begin this year. But it was later disclosed that Ms Mehra is an immediate past president of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) which, according to the society’s website, last year received funding from Arconic for an apprentice conference.
Arconic supplied the cladding on the outside of the west London tower block, which went up in flames on June 14 2017, claiming 72 lives. A report following the first phase of the inquiry concluded in October last year that the cladding did not comply with building regulations and was the “principal” reason for the fire’s rapid and “profoundly shocking” spread.
Ms Mehra tendered her resignation to Boris Johnson, saying she recognised and respected the “depth of feeling” among some about her appointment.
Mr Johnson thanked Ms Mehra for her commitment and said he was “grateful for her sensitivity to the work of the inquiry”.
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