David Lammy has argued the real number of people killed in the Grenfell Tower catastrophe may have been covered up to prevent riots.
The official figure of those who are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead remains at 79 but is expected to increase further. Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy has said he hoped the final death toll “does not reach treble figures”.
The Labour MP for Tottenham, whose “dear friend” Khadija Saye died in the fire, said that he was “sympathetic” to the theory that figures of fatalities were being concealed.
“What people say is that if you put the numbers out early, there could be civil unrest. That’s what they say,” he told BBC Two’s Newsnight.
He added: “I am sympathetic to it, I am going to walk alongside those people.”
Pressed about whether he thought the true figures of the dead had not been released due to fear of civil …