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Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum calls for investigation into crane collapse

LABOUR MP Apsana Begum has called for a full investigation into the collapse of a crane which killed an 85-year-old woman in east London.

June Harvey died and a construction worker suffered critical injuries when the construction site crane collapsed onto two terraced houses in Bow on Wednesday.

Almost 100 people have been evacuated from their homes after the 20-metre crane fell at a site where flats were being constructed.

Ms Begum, local MP for Poplar and Limehouse, said: “I am very grateful to our emergency services who responded swiftly and supported constituents in the immediate aftermath of this incident.” 

She said that over 90 of her constituents affected by the collapse have been housed in hotels.

“There must be a full investigation into the reasons that led to this tragic incident. I will be working with the trade unions of workers that use cranes, and others, to follow up on this.

“It is absolutely vital that lessons are learnt from the findings of those investigations to prevent any future incident of this nature.”

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