Tory behind Grenfell cladding downgrade hosts lavish party just before 2nd anniversary of fire

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Jun 16 21:29:13 BST 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Rock Hugo Basil Feilding-Mellen, the 
Tory councillor who oversaw Grenfell’s 
refurbishment, invited actress Rosamund Pike and 
John Lennon’s musician son Sean to his 40th bash


By <>Alan Selby 14 JUN 2019

Rock Hugo Basil Feilding-Mellen (known in 
Ladbroke Grove as 'Cock Wielding Felon') organised the bash

The Tory councillor who oversaw Grenfell’s 
refurbishment has been slammed for throwing a 
star-studded party at his family’s country pile 
weeks before the horror’s two-year anniversary.

Rock Hugo Basil Feilding-Mellen’s 40th birthday 
bash saw a who’s who of socialites and stars 
descend on Stanway House in Gloucestershire, 
including actress Rosamund Pike and John Lennon’s musician son Sean.

Photos on social media showed millionaires 
rubbing shoulders at his mum’s 5,000-acre 
Jacobean manor as families prepared themselves to 
commemorate the tragedy that killed 72.

Grenfell United, the survivors and bereaved 
families group, said: “Seeing these pictures is like a gut punch.

“We are no closer to justice, yet people that 
should be answering questions for the deaths of 
72 people and the devastation of our community 
are living without consequence. It’s disgraceful.

“Because of what was done to us there are 72 
birthdays we didn’t celebrate this year and two 
children who never made it to their first.”

Edward Daffarn lived in Grenfell Tower and almost lost his life in the fire.
He said: “It makes me feel like I did when 
reading the following quote from the Great Gatsby 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald: ‘they were careless 
people...they smashed up things and creatures and 
then retreated back into their money or their 
vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept 
them together and let other people clear up the mess that they made’.”

A source who revealed the party had taken place 
said: “I’m just appalled at the arrogance of 
these people revelling in the run-up to the Grenfell anniversary.

“There are seventy-two people who’ll never have another birthday.”

Moyra Samuels, of the Justice 4 Grenfell 
campaign, said Rock Feilding-Mellen’s decision to 
hold a party with his rich and famous pals just 
three weeks before the two year anniversary of 
the fire showed he was “morally bankrupt”.

She said “He’s quite indifferent to the impact 
that such a thing might have on a grieving and 
quite sensitive community. He’s oblivious, 
continuing to act as if it is of no consequence that 72 people died.

“He lives in an elite and removed world, and 
always has, even though he was he was based not far from the tower.

“He’s been raised, nurtured and brought up with this entitled attitude.

“It comes as no surprise, but it is indicative of 
the fact that actually people like him who were 
involved in the council at the time of the fire 
and made some serious decisions that influenced 
what happened are still continuing to act as if 
it is of no consequence that 72 people died.

“They think this should not change their lives, 
and they will continue to indulge.”She added: 
“You would have thought this would be a time to 
show some sensitivity and some subtlety.”

Moyra, a teacher, said as the inquiry into the 
fire dragged on slowly the community felt justice 
was being denied as key decision makers like Mr 
Feilding-Mellen moved on with their lives and escaped sanction.

She said: “Every aspect of the procedure of 
justice and truth has been thwarted, in all sorts 
of ways, by a ruling, privileged elite who 
indicate to this community and, quite frankly, 
the rest of the country, that they don’t have any shame in them.”

Fielding-Mellen did not comment when approached by the Mirror.

Mr Feilding-Mellen was deputy mayor of the Royal 
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea during the 
refurbishment of the tower, and was the chairman of the housing committee.

He urged refurbishment consultants in 2014 to reduce costs on cladding.

At that point £300,000 was cut from a £10 million 
budget and now-banned flammable aluminium panels 
were to be installed, rather than the zinc 
cladding which was originally planned.

After being elected to Kensington in 2006 Mr 
Feilding-Mellen became deputy leader in 2013 and 
took a seat on the powerful major planning development committee.

In 2015 he warned that the council’s housing 
redevelopment programme would need to be 
completed “with no recurrent cost to the general council taxpayer”.

After news of his involvement in the Grenfell 
refit emerged he was forced to flee his family’s 
£1.2million Kensington home in the wake of the 
fire, fearing for his family’s safety.

He stood down as deputy mayor of the borough 
after the fire, and left the council at last year’s local elections.

Days after Grenfell, in 2017, he told friends he 
was cancelling plans to visit Stanway House for 
the 30th birthday of his step-sister Mary 
Charteris, who is a model and member of the band The Big Pink.

Those who did go to Mary’s party included Cara 
Delevingne, actor Jaime Winstone and aristocrats 
including Scarlett Spencer-Churchill.

Mr Feilding-Mellen, known as Rocky, is the son of 
Amanda Feilding, the Countess of Wemyss and March.

He is the great-great-great-grandson of the 
seventh Earl of Denbigh and a direct descendant of the Hapsburgs.

Amanda Feilding is an outspoken critic of drugs 
policy, and campaigns on the benefits of LSD and cannabis.

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