Grenfell Tower: Kensington and Chelsea council leader heckled with calls to resign at tense meeting



The leader of Kensington and Chelsea council was heckled with calls for her resignation during a fraught public meeting as residents vented their fury over its handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Newly elected leader Elizabeth Campbell faced questions over her competence as residents gathered for a public meeting on Wednesday night.

The authority has come under increasing criticism over its handling of the tragedy on June 14, in which at least 80 people died.

Ms Campbell was joined by the council chief executive, Barry Quirk, representatives from the police and Pepe Francis, the organiser of Notting Hill Carnival, at the Al Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, west London.

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She was told by one woman in attendance she had “blood on her hands” while others suggested she stood down.

“I’m not stepping down, I’m stepping up, I’m doing everyone we can to make everything better,” Ms Campbell told the meeting.

But the resident replied: “You come to these meetings time after time and you do nothing.”

The meeting was calmer than previous gatherings and saw a call for unity from one woman who said she had lost relatives in the fire.

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Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Sniffer dogs were sent inside to the tower today

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Part of the scorched facade of the Grenfell Tower in London as firefighting continue to damp-down the deadly fire

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Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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“I beg you as a relative of the deceased for you to come together as a collective, creative force, because collectively is the only way we can achieve what we need to achieve in collaboration with the local authority, the Government, whoever we need, as a collective in a dignified manner,” she said.

Hamid, a survivor from the 16th floor of the tower who is still living in a hotel, said he just wanted to “get back to my normal life”.

He told the panel the council was paying too much money for hotels, adding: “As a government, you should know how to deal with this situation.

“I am in the middle of nowhere.

“What I need now … I need to be rehoused as soon possible.”

Council chief executive Mr Quirk said he was looking to treble the council’s housing stock set aside for Grenfell survivors, which currently stands at 105 properties.

The Standard revealed this week that council chiefs will spend tens of millions of pounds on buying homes around the destroyed tower to rehouse survivors.



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