Sadiq Khan on Grenfell: Council leader should not have taken the job | London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan today launched a new attack on Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Elizabeth Campbell, accusing her of lacking the humility to realise she was tarnished.

Sadiq Khan told ITV News he had no confidence in Cllr Campbell. She replaced the previous leader of the Conservative council in the fall-out from the Grenfell Tower diaster.

I think she should not have taken on the job.

I think she should have recognised and had the humility to recognise that they’re all tarnished.

They’re all painted with the same brush as a member of the cabinet. I’ve seen for myself the lack of confidence residents have with her and her administration.

I think what should have happened was them all being told to go.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Mr Khan, speaking on ITV’s The Late Debate, hinted at a major push by Labour to take control of the council in next May’s London borough elections.

The good news for residents in Kensington and Chelsea is there’ll be council elections next May and I’m hoping to see a new council elected, a Labour council.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Responding to the Mayor’s criticism, Cllr Campbell told ITV News London:

I am not going to play politics with the Grenfell fire.

My focus is on stepping up to the job, working for the community, and making absolutely certain that all survivors and victims receive the help and support they need.

– Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Elizabeth Campbell

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