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London fire chief Dany Cotton will quit this month

London fire chief Dany Cotton will quit this month instead of April next year after damning report on Grenfell Tower disaster

London’s fire commissioner Dany Cotton is to step down at the end of this month instead of April next year, London Fire Brigade has announced.

Her early departure was agreed after discussions with City Hall, as the fire service looks to act on the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report, according to a statement from the LFB.

Miss Cotton, who had defended the fatal advice for residents to ‘stay put’, had plans to retire next April aged 50 on a pension worth up to £2million. 

The embattled Commissioner and other senior officers refused to quit as victims of called for them to be prosecuted over the inferno. 

London’s fire commissioner Dany Cotton is to step down at the end of this month instead of April next year, London Fire Brigade has announced

London’s fire commissioner Dany Cotton is to step down at the end of this month instead of April next year, London Fire Brigade has announced

She was criticised for her ‘remarkable insensitivity’ following the fire, telling the inquiry she would not have done anything differently in terms of how the fire brigade responded in 2017.

Miss Cotton said she was ‘disappointed’ by chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s report for criticising named firefighters for their response.

She admitted the LFB would ‘do different things’ after learning lessons following the inferno, but refused to quit, saying she wanted to ‘continue to protect the people of London’ and insisted she was ‘standing here and taking responsibility’.  

Ms Cotton said: ‘When I joined the London Fire Brigade, I joined a service dedicated to helping people and protecting our capital city. 

The embattled Commissioner and other senior officers refused to quit as victims of called for them to be prosecuted over the inferno

The embattled Commissioner and other senior officers refused to quit as victims of called for them to be prosecuted over the inferno

‘Throughout my 32 years of service I am proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with the firefighters, control staff, officers and fire and rescue staff who have maintained that dedication and professionalism.

‘I will never forget tragedies like the Clapham Junction rail disaster or the acts of terrorism that we have faced, but Grenfell Tower was without doubt the worst fire we had ever experienced. 

‘The Brigade has and will keep making the changes it can make and continue its fight for all of the other changes that are needed, to prevent such a terrible incident and loss of life from happening again.

‘I feel honoured to have served London and I will do all I can to assist the safe transition of my responsibilities to the new London Fire Commissioner when they are appointed.’

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