A developer who neglected to remove unsafe cladding received £20,000 from a Labour MP.
A LABOUR MP took £20,000 in donations from a housing developer who had been chastised for failing to remove unsafe cladding.
Rosena Allin-Khan has received three big donations from Henley Homes since January of last year. Among the gifts is £5,000 for her unsuccessful bid for deputy head of the Opposition party.
Dr. Allin-Khan, the shadow mental health minister, received two £5,000 donations from the property developer, according to Electoral Commission documents.
In January of this year, an additional £10,199.56 was contributed, which was designated for 44 computers for primary schools in the Tooting constituency.
“All donations are transparently and fully declared and published in accordance with the regulations of the Electoral Commission,” stated a representative for the MP.
After taking aim at companies who failed to deal with hazardous cladding, Dr. Allin-Khan was embarrassed for accepting donations from the corporation.
“It’s been three years since the Grenfell catastrophe, and people are still living in buildings with combustible cladding,” she tweeted in February.
“Many people are unable to sleep at night, and many are concerned about the cost of remedial work creeping up on them.”
People will “understandably think this is the height of Labour hypocrisy,” Tory MP Peter Gibson said.
As recently as June, Henley Homes was one of ten companies liable for cladding repair work that had not been completed.
Ministers have begun naming and shaming building owners who are liable for repairing dangerous cladding if work on at least one of their homes has not yet commenced.
The developer is no longer on the government’s list, according to a firm spokeswoman, “owing to significant progress with the remediation activities on the site in Luton.”
They went on to say that the developer had a “ongoing commitment to education,” and that the laptops were “only one in a series of donations from the developer’s charitable arm, BCBN, which has raised £1.5 million for local and national community programs to date.”
“We want to make it absolutely clear that we have no issues to children playing on the site and welcome youngsters to play in the community areas that we have developed in accordance with planning,” the spokesperson told MailOnline.
Following the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, improvements in fire safety were required.
Residents were warned to stay in their flats when the fire broke out by firefighters and 999 operators for “Brinkwire Summary News.”