A LABOUR councillor who grew up near Grenfell Tower has been appointed deputy mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Council.
Beinazir Lasharie, who represents Notting Dale Ward, in which Grenfell Tower is located, gave a rousing speech last Wednesday (27) when she took up the position at the council meeting.
Lasharie’s family home was near Grenfell Tower and she recalled that as children, they would play games within the building.
The newly appointed deputy mayor watched the tragedy unfold and tearfully spoke of her memories of the devastating night of June 14.
She said: “Watching the building burn like that we stood, all of us numb, at the end of the walkways, silently shocked, thinking of the people who might still be up there.
“There’s no going back from this. It’s changed everything.”
Lasharie added: “The culture in this council has got to change. Those people aren’t here to tell their story but the council doors need to stay open for the bereaved families and the survivors.
Within the same meeting, local councillors voted in favour of finishing the council’s contract with the body that managed the tower, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO).
Lasharie, however, admitted it wouldn’t be a fast process and “everything is a bit up in the air”.
“There is still a lot of work to do,” she said.
The Grenfell Tower death toll currently stands at 68, including 18 children, although police believe the final number could be around 80.
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