Today I again challenged Boris Johnson during Prime Ministers Questions on the huge lack of support for those caught up in the building safety crisis. I highlighted the case of one of my constituents, Jenni Garratt, who I’ve worked with a lot on the issue particularly since her building was evacuated just before Christmas last year.
In a recent ITV interview, Calendar reporter Harry Horton, asked the PM specifically about Jenni’s case and the huge costs she faces and in response Johnson accused her of having a “frankly unnecessary sense of anxiety”. So I asked him to meet her to hear first hand about the worries that she and thousands of others face.
The Prime Minister’s casual dismissal of Jenni’s concerns was insulting and his call for me to tell her and others that their buildings are safe was shocking – although it’s characteristic of his attitude towards leaseholders affected by the cladding and fire safety crisis. He continues to break his promise from February, that “no leaseholder should have to pay for the unaffordable costs of fixing safety defects that they did not cause and are no fault of their own.”
I’ll continue to press for the Government to act on his commitment and announce funding to remediate all fire safety issues now, at no cost to leaseholders who are not responsible for the problems, and to recoup the costs from developers where possible. If you are affected, do get in touch if you would like to be added to my mailing list to be kept up to date with meetings.
You can watch my question and Johnson’s response, as well as the ITV interview, below: