Kensington and Chelsea’s Kim Taylor-Smith claims he did not know of warnings despite being on housing committee

The new deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea council has said he was unaware of residents’ repeated warnings about fire safety at Grenfell Tower, despite being a member of the housing scrutiny committee for more than a year.

Kim Taylor-Smith was elected to the post at a stormy meeting of the council on Wednesday night, in which he and the new leader, Elizabeth Campbell, were repeatedly booed and heckled by Grenfell survivors calling for their resignations.

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