Grenfell Tower fire: Chief executive of KCTMO management company resigns ‘to focus on public inquiry’

The chief executive of the group that managed Grenfell Tower has said he is stepping down to focus on the public inquiry into the disaster.

Robert Black, who was chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, said on Friday he has resigned so he can “concentrate on assisting with the investigation and inquiry”.

It comes after the first council meeting held in the borough since the disaster was cancelled amid furious protests as councillors claimed the presence of reporters would put the investigation at risk.

Downing Street has criticised the council for cancelling the meeting, which was scrapped as soon as the media entered the room.

At least 80 people are believed to have been killed in the blaze.

A statement from the board of KCTMO said: “The board wishes to ensure that KCTMO remains best positioned to fully co-operate and assist with the inquiry and so it has agreed with its chief executive, Robert Black, that Mr Black should step aside from his role as chief executive of KCTMO in order that he can concentrate on assisting with the investigation and inquiry.”

Kensington and Chelsea council has been heavily criticised since the disaster, with some residents accusing authorities of being slow to offer aid and housing to victims.

The Government has said cladding from 149 high-rise buildings in 45 local authority areas have failed fire safety tests carried out in the wake of the disaster.

The cladding is believed to be responsible for the fire gutting the upper floors of the building within just minutes of breaking out.

This story is being updated.

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