POLITICIANS across the region are taking action in a bid to ensure that the tragic fire at London’s Grenfell Tower will not be repeated in the North-East.

The death toll from Wednesday’s devastating blaze has now reached 58 although that number could rise even higher as there are still some residents of the 24-storey block unaccounted for.

After questions were raised over fire safety at the Grenfell tower block, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is seeking reassurances from social housing officials across the Middlesbrough and Darlington area that their buildings meet all current legislation.

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He said: “I have requested an urgent meeting with the chief executives of local social housing providers to discuss the ramifications for the area of the tragic fire at Grenfell House in London.

“Together with the thousands of my constituents who live in high rise blocks, I want to be reassured that their properties are currently meeting all fire safety requirements and that cladding and insulation is compatible with good fire safety practice.

“I anticipate a very positive and reassuring meeting.”

Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah has already met with council leaders in her city and with representatives of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) to ensure tower blocks are safe from fire.

YHN, which manages 38 high rise blocks on behalf of Newcastle City Council, assured Ms Onwurah that none of their blocks are of the same construction as Grenfell and all dwellings have smoke detectors installed.

Thirsk MP Kevin Hollinrake welcomed the Government announcement that a public enquiry will happen.