Elizabeth Campbell was greeted loud boos and cries of ‘shame’ at first full council meeting since disaster.
THE NEW leader of Kensington council faced calls to resign from furious Grenfell Tower residents minutes after she was elected tonight.
As Elizabeth Campbell was elected by fellow councillors, there were loud boos and cries of “Shame!”
Demonstrators gathered outside the highly charged meeting in Kensington Town Hall which was the council’s first full one since the disaster last month, which saw at least 80 people killed.
An enraged resident shouted at Ms Campbell: “You murdered my friend’s wife and kids, you won’t murder my wife and kids – resign!”
One woman who escaped from a flat in Grenfell Tower told the meeting: “I am here to represent those who were killed, their bodies turned into ash – the survivors, who are burning inside.”
Ms Campbell, a Tory councillor, admitted there had been a “retreat from the streets” with officials preferring to meet with each other rather than reaching out to residents.
In her speech, which was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers, she said: “The stories I’ve heard have been heartbreaking and humbling.”