A politician urged care homes to "co-operate fully" with the London Fire Brigade after it emerged many were failing to meet fire safety standards.

A total of 24 care homes in Barnet were discovered to be lacking fire safety standards during London Fire Brigade audits carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The figures emerged in a written answer from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Barnet's London Assembly Member Andrew Dismore said: “It is very concerning that some of the most vulnerable members of our community are being put at risk in this way.

“These inspections carried out by the London Fire Brigade have been vital in highlighting, not only a local issue, but one that urgently affects the whole of our capital.

“Care homes have a duty of care to their residents. It is vital they co-operate fully with the LFB to get their fire safety standards up to scratch and take all possible measures to prevent any future tragedies."

Regional data shows that 1,226 fire safety audits have been carried out at care homes across the capital since June 2017.

Of these, 51 received an enforcement notice and 498 received a notice of deficiencies.

Most of those remaining were found to be ‘broadly compliant’ with fire safety standards.

The fire brigade have confirmed that as of March 2019 they have conducted follow up visits at the 30 care homes that received an enforcement notice. All 30 were deemed “broadly compliant”.

The remaining 21 sites will be checked in the near future.