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Grenfell Tower fire: New Kensington and Chelsea Council leader nominated

Elizabeth Campbell says she plans to "ask for more help" to assist the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire

Kensington and Chelsea Council has nominated a new leader following Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown's dramatic resignation .

Married mother-of-four Elizabeth Campbell has been nominated to take over after embattled incumbent Mr Paget-Brown resigned on Friday (June 30).

His resignation came amid widespread criticism of the council's response to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire which left 80 either dead or missing presumed dead.

Councillor Campbell has been a Conservative member for the borough since 2006 and has lived in the borough for some 35 years.

She represented the Kensington and Chelsea Redcliffe ward between 2006 and 2010 before taking on her present ward, Royal Hospital.

Councillor Elizabeth Campbell will demand more government help to Grenfell survivors(Image: PA)

According to the Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives, she "has had a home" in that ward for more than 35 years.

The council's website says she is vice-chairman of the Licensing Committee, and a member of the Appeals Panel, Public Realm Scrutiny Committee, and the Health and Wellbeing Board.

She was also the Cabinet member for Family and Children's Services between May 2013 and May 2017.

The Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives website says this role covers children's social services, services for children with disabilities, youth services and youth offending.

The council's website says she is not currently the member of any outside body.

Councillor Nick Paget-Brown resigned on Friday (June 30)

Cllr Campbell told reporters after a meeting to nominate her she was going to call Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid to "ask for more help".

This comes after Conservative council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown resigned on Friday amid criticism of the council's handling of the Grenfell Tower fire aftermath.

Although Ms Campbell has not yet been formally elected as chairman, a Tory councillor said her future election by a meeting of the full council was a "formality" and Ms Campbell was now leader of the council "in practice".

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