The early retirement of Dany Cotton,follows pressure for her resignation, when she so crassly suggested, at the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that the fire service “would not do anything different on the night”.

It is important that the fire service shows that it is an institution capable of learning and her early retirement should usher in a new phase where the incoming commissioner will be able demand that recommendations from report of Phase 1 of the Public Inquiry are actioned with greater speed and political will than they have been so far. Let’s hope that those ministers and organisations who have so far evaded scrutiny, are also held accountable and take responsibility for the cause of the fire in which 72 people needlessly lost their lives. It is time for a new era of safety so that a fire like Grenfell never happens again.