The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Council has given up his position in the wake of heavy criticism about the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Nicholas Holgate gave a statement to say the communities and local government secretary, Sajid David, had forced the leader of the council to seek his resignation.
Holgate said it would have been a distraction if he’d stayed in the post following the incident, in which at least 79 people have either been confirmed dead or remain missing.
The statement read: "Serving the families so affected by Grenfell Tower remains the council’s highest priority.
"If I had stayed in my post, my presence would have been a distraction."
The leader of the council, Nicholas Paget-Brown, said he’d accepted the resignation with regret, maintaining that the council will need to work “in a new way with different partners” to deal with the disaster.
The official response to the tragedy has provoked anger from survivors and the families of victims.