London mayor Sadiq Khan asks Theresa May to dissolve city council after deadly fire


London: Prime Minister Theresa May is facing demands from the mayor of London that she appoint commissioners to run the local government blamed for mishandling the response to a high-rise apartment fire that killed at least 80 people.

File image of Grenfell Tower, which was consumed by a fire on 14 June. AP

File image of Grenfell Tower, which was consumed by a fire on 14 June. AP

London mayor Sadiq Khan asked May late on Friday to take the unusual step because he says the elected Kensington and Chelsea Council has "lost the trust of local residents".

Khan said in a letter to May that while the borough council's leader and deputy leader have resigned, choosing new leadership from the existing members may aggravate the situation.

Khan says the government must appoint "untainted" commissioners with "a genuine empathy for local people".

The appointments would be unusual. Commissioners were brought in to run the Tower Hamlets Council in 2014, but that was because of concerns about how it handled public money.


The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower on 14 June triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.


Published Date: Jul 01, 2017 03:37 pm | Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 03:37 pm


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