New Kensington council leader admits she'd never been inside high rise before Grenfell Tower fire

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The new leader of Kensington and Chelsea council has admitted she never entered Grenfell or any other high rise tower in the borough before the fire.

Elizabeth Campbell, who has been a council member since 2001 and was elected leader to replace Nicholas Paget-Brown at the start of July, told BBC Radio 4'sToday programme: "I haven't been inside any high rise council blocks before, but I am certainly doing that now.

"Not Trellick, not Grenfell - but I have been inside many other council houses."

But Campbell, who was previously the cabinet member responsible for all family and children's services, insisted she had the necessary experience to deal with the issues at stake.

"I totally reject the idea that just because I live in the south of borough I have no understanding of what is going on in the north of the borough," she added.

Campbell was speaking four weeks on from the fire. Investigators are now conducting a hand search through the remaining debris for human remains as well as identify those already found. It is expected to be many months before this is expected to be completed.

Commander Stuart Cundy, who is overseeing the Met police operation, this morning said: “As we all reflect upon what happened my thoughts, and those of all of us in the Met, are with those who lost their loved ones, their homes and a community that is in mourning.

“Four weeks ago a terrible tragedy unfolded within Grenfell Tower. The human cost of that tragedy is something we are all still trying to fully comprehend.

“For many people the events of that night will remain with them forever. Each and every one of us involved from the Met is determined to do all we can to return those who died to their families as soon as we can. Today, we remember all those who have been so deeply affected.”

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