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Senior commander who revoked 'stay put' policy at Grenfell is made new London chief

A senior commander who revoked the controversial stay put policy for residents of Grenfell Tower has been appointed as the new London Fire Brigade commissioner.

Andy Roe is set to replace Dany Cotton after it was announced she would be stepping down early in the wake of criticism over the brigade's response to the deadly blaze.

Mr Roe, who will take up the post in January, made the decision to abandon the stay put advice minutes after becoming incident commander on the night of June 14.

The former British Army officer has worked at London Fire Brigade (LFB) since 2002, progressing through the ranks as a firefighter.

Current London fire commissioner Dany Cotton Credit: PA

He became assistant commissioner in January 2017 - the position he held on the night of the blaze - before being appointed as deputy commissioner for operations last month.

The first report from the Grenfell Inquiry found that the fire service's preparation for a tower block fire such as Grenfell was "gravely inadequate" and its lack of an evacuation plan was a "major omission".

Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said more lives could have been saved in the June 2017 fire had the policy of "stay put" been abandoned sooner.

Mr Roe, who gave evidence at the inquiry, said he would be "working tirelessly" to deliver the recommendations of the report.

The first report from the Grenfell Inquiry found that the fire service's preparation for a tower block fire such as Grenfell was "gravely inadequate" and its lack of an evacuation plan was a "major omission".

Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said more lives could have been saved in the June 2017 fire had the policy of "stay put" been abandoned sooner.

Mr Roe said he would be "working tirelessly" to deliver the recommendations of the report.

It is an enormous privilege to be offered this opportunity to lead London Fire Brigade into a new decade.

My priority is to protect and serve all Londoners and make sure the capital's fire and rescue service is the very best it can be.

We have some real challenges ahead, but I'll be working tirelessly with the brigade, the mayor and London's communities to ensure we deliver on the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report. I'm looking forward to leading the brigade through a period of transformation and delivering a workforce that truly reflects the diverse city we serve.

– Andy Roe, new London Fire Brigade commissioner

The new fire chief, who had operation command for the Croydon tram crash in 2016, is to lead the production of the next London Safety Plan.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry report made it clear there were institutional failures that meant, while firefighters performed with great courage and bravery, the overall response to the disaster was not good enough, and there are significant lessons for London Fire Brigade.

I look forward to working with Andy Roe to deliver on the inquiry's recommendations and to ensure the transformation of the brigade is carried out as effectively and swiftly as possible.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London