Council, housing chiefs resign over London high-rise fire

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Two leaders of the local council, which own London Grenfell Tower, where at least 80 people died in a huge fire, and the head of the housing trust managing the building stepped down on Friday.

This widens the political fallout from the disaster.

Conservative Nick Paget-Brown, the leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council, resigned after criticism of his response to the fire, most recently by the government earlier on Friday.

“The Grenfell Tower fire has been possibly the worst tragedy London has seen since the end of World War II.

“The scale of this tragedy was always going to mean that one borough alone would never have sufficient resources to respond to all the needs of the survivors.

“Those made homeless on its own,” Paget-Brown said in a statement.

He said that his council had also been criticized for “failing to answer all the…

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