Nicholas Paget-Brown will not seek re-election following Grenfell disaster

Former Kensington and Chelsea leader Nicholas Paget-Brown, who led the local authority's heavily criticised response to the Grenfell Tower fire, has said he will not seek re-election as a councillor.

Nicholas Paget-Brown: Will not seek re-election as a councillor at Kensington and Chelsea Council (pic credit: Mark Kerrison / Alamy Stock Photo)
Nicholas Paget-Brown: Will not seek re-election as a councillor at Kensington and Chelsea Council (pic credit: Mark Kerrison / Alamy Stock Photo)
Nearly four months after he resigned as leader of the council, Paget-Brown has said he will not stand in next year’s council elections. 

He explained his thinking in a piece published by Conservative Home, the website aimed at grassroots Tory members. 

The piece focuses on the tragedy of Grenfell, before moving on to the challenges London councils faced before and after the fire, and concludes: "I recognise the need to have a new team to rise to these challenges… my continuation as a councillor is likely to serve as a distraction as the council lobbies the Government to address these issues and I have therefore decided not to stand again as a candidate at next year’s elections." 

Paget-Brown does not refer to his future plans. 

Paget-Brown resigned from his role as leader in July, weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire, in which around 80 people are known to have died.


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