The shadow Brexit Secretary, who is also the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), revealed prosecutors were currently part of the investigation.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show he said: “I spoke to the DPP yesterday and there are prosecutors already in advising the police. So the criminal investigation really has to come first.
“Normally an inquest will only take place at the end of the criminal investigation, so the idea of an inquiry is important because that can, in some circumstances, happen much more quickly and I think speed is of the essence here.”
Asked if they would be looking specifically into manslaughter charges, he said: “Yes.”
“There are wider regulatory offences but I think manslaughter is the most serious and that’s the one that needs to be looked at first.
David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham who lost his friend Khadija Saye in the fire, has said the “very best senior officers” in the force should undertake the …