Kensington and Chelsea Council elect Elizabeth Campbell as new leader in wake of Grenfell Tower disaster

Crisis-hit Kensington and Chelsea Council has elected Elizabeth Campbell as its new leader in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Nicholas Paget-Brown resigned as leader of the Conservative group on June 30 amid criticism of the handling of the blaze which killed at least 80 people.

Ms Campbell was nominated to take over at a meeting on Monday and looks set to take up the position on July 19.

In her first statement since her election, Ms Campbell said: “The first thing I want to do is I want to apologise.

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“This is our community and we have failed it when people needed us the most. So, no buts, no ifs, no excuses.

“I am truly sorry.”

She pledged to appoint a new cabinet on Tuesday and vowed “things would change”.

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