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Lakanal House fire was 'avoidable' says MP Harriet Harman

The deaths of six people in a flat fire at Lakanal House in south London in 2009 were "unnecessary" and "avoidable", Harriet Harman has said.

The Labour MP has called for a change in the law to protect council tenants from similar incidents.

She said there was a fundamental conflict of interest in councils operating both as landlords and safety inspectors.

BBC London's Kurt Barling spoke to Ms Harman, chartered surveyor Arnold Tarling and Andy Dark from the Fire Brigades Union.

  • 02 Apr 2013
  • From the section London