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New MP Jones challenges Tories to pay for new sprinklers

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Sarah Jones used her maiden speech to Parliament yesterday to challenge the Tory Government to provide the funds needed to pay for the potentially life-saving fitting of sprinklers in council-run residential tower blocks across the country.

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones making her maiden speech in the House of Commons yesterday. Picture: parliamentlive.tv

Croydon Central’s new MP was speaking during a debate on the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which at least 80 north Kensington residents lost their lives a month ago in the biggest fire tragedy in this country since World War II.

Jones said, “I am proud that Labour’s Croydon Council was the first council to agree to retro-fitting all our tower blocks with sprinklers.

“I call on the Government to clarify whether they fund this, and all the other changes we need to reverse the shocking cuts to local government.

“We cannot afford not to do this.

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