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New Haringey Council cabinet

The new-look Haringey Council cabinet has been recently announced. This body tackles the strategic functions of the local authority. Bruce Grove councillor Joseph Ejiofor became the new leader of the council and will head the new administration for 2018-19, replacing the departed Claire Kober.

Here are the members of the new-look cabinet, their portfolios and responsibilities:

  • Joseph Ejiofor (Leader of the council)
  • Emina Ibrahim (Deputy leader of the council, and cabinet member for housing and estate renewal)
  • Peray Ahmet (Cabinet member for adults and health)
  • Elin Watson (Cabinet member for children, education and families)
  • Zena Brazabon (Cabinet member for civic services)
  • Mark Blake (Cabinet member for communities, safety and involvement)
  • Noah Tucker (Cabinet member for corporate services and insourcing)
  • Kirsten Hearn (Cabinet member for environment)
  • Patrick Berryman (Cabinet member for finance)
  • Charles Adje (Cabinet member for strategic regeneration)

Two new deputy cabinet posts were also created:

  • Makbule Gunes (Women and equalities)
  • Ishmael Osamor (Broadwater Farm resident engagement)
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Local elections: Tottenham results, ward by ward

The Labour party, as expected, retained overall control of Haringey Council after the local elections. They won 42 seats to the Liberal Democrats’ 15 (out of 57). In Tottenham they won every seat up for election.

For more information on the results, including how many votes were cast in each ward and turnouts, log on to the “Haringey Votes” website here.

Here are the winning candidates in each of the wards in the Tottenham constituency (Each ward elects three councillors).

Bruce Grove: Joseph Ejiofor, Felicia Opoku, Matthew White. (Full result)

Harringay: Gina Adamou, Zena Brabazon, Sarah James. (Full result)

Northumberland Park: Kaushika Amin, John Bevan, Sheila Peacock. (Full result)

Seven Sisters: Dhiren Basu, Barbara Blake, Erdal Dogan. (Full result)

St Ann’s: Julie Davies, Mike Hakata, Noah Tucker. (Full result)

Tottenham Green: Isidoros Diakides, Makbule Gunes, Preston Tabois. (Full result)

Tottenham Hale: Vincent Carroll, Ruth Gordon, Reg Rice. (Full result)

West Green: Mahir Demir, Ishmael Osomor, Sarah Williams. (Full result)

White Hart Lane: Charles Adje, Gideon Bull, Anne Stennett. (Full result)

Local elections: why they matter

May 3rd is local elections day in Haringey!

That is the day that we- the local electorate- get to decide who we want to represent us for the next four years. It is very important because our borough will receive less central government grant over this period, so it means that the council will have to be very careful over how they spend our money.

Because of the negative reputation of both the council and the borough, it has been the perceived wisdom of most local people to feel that nothing will ever change, and don’t bother to take the few minutes walk to the polling station to vote. After all, every time the borough is mentioned in the media, the news is often bad.

However, if you are angry at what is happening, this is only one way to do something about it. If you care and want decent services for our young people, well maintained community and leisure facilities, better support for our elderly, housebound and the poorest, the welcoming of refugees, better managed social homes, our communities less at risk of violent crime, investment in our main town centres and the overall repair of our public realm and more, then, first of all, if you have your vote, go to your local polling station and cast your three votes to those who you think represents your views. After that, even if you didn’t vote for the successful candidates, get involved in your local community. If there is a residents’ association, protest group or action group in your area, get in touch.

Remember, local democracy isn’t just about elections… There’s a lot more to it than that.

Local elections 2018: the full candidate list

On Thursday May 3rd, the voters of Haringey will go to the polls in the local elections.The borough’s 57 seats covering 19 wards (three in each of them) are up for grabs.

Here is the full list of the candidates wanting your vote. As usual, the four main political parties (Labour, Lib Dems, Conservatives and Greens) dominate, but there are alternatives in some wards (Duma Polska=Polish Pride In Harringay and Tottenham Hale, English Democrats in Northumberland Park, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts in Seven Sisters, Christian Peoples’ Alliance in Stroud Green, Federalist Party in Tottenham Green, Democrats and Veterans Party in White Hart Lane and Woodside). However, only two independents (one in St Ann’s, the other in West Green) will be standing this time.

Labour’s local election leaflet

Tottenham Labour Party sent this local election leaflet through my door earlier today. Our MP David Lammy is featured, alongside the three candidates standing in the ward. If you have yet to receive one, here’s an example of what to expect. From what I have read in it, it means:

“The nasty Conservative government has cut our funding since 2010, and only we, the caring Labour Party, can be relied upon to defend the local community and public services.”

WTF????

Despite mismanaging the borough of Haringey since 1971, Labour still think local people are stupid enough to vote for them. This May, local people have a real opportunity to kick them out of office.

Council “on collision course” with Labour leaders

The BBC reported that there could be signs that Labour councillors in Haringey could be set on a collision course with the party’s main decision body, the National Executive Committee, over the on-going struggles with the borough’s regeneration programme.

Earlier this week, the NEC were finally forced to intervene in the local party’s affairs by urging Haringey Council to delay its controversial HDV plans ahead of the local borough elections in May. The infighting within the party between supporters of leader Claire Kober and the candidates backed by Momentum, has seen several sitting councillors either deselected or withdrawing, leading to personal bitterness on all sides.

This sorry affair will only re-enforce the negative reputation of both the council and the borough as a whole. All this is going on while finite funding for key services are repeatedly cut, allegations have been made about regeneration funds being poorly spent, and that the only strategy put in place is by delievering what is left through on-going crisis management. Some councillors, and indeed officers, seem intent on waiting for some magic wand to save the borough from its own self-inflicted problems.

For local people, constantly embarrassed by what is going on, the only way to end this farce is to first continue to protest against the hated HDV, then in May aim to vote for an administration who will pledge to take action in tackling the borough’s deep-rooted divisions.

Haringey Labour infighting goes national

Oh dear. Infighting within the Haringey Labour party has become national news. The main reason for this is the on-going criticism of the controversial development and regeneration council policies.

Supporters of both the council group led by Claire Kober and their critics who oppose them are going through selection contests to see who will represent the party in next May’s local elections. Some of the party’s high profile big hitters who have backed these policies have been deselected, and others who fear they could be next had decided that they would stand down.

Tonight’s/last night’s London Evening Standard newspaper published an article on this issue. Infighting within sections of Labour is nothing new, as the party has been repeatedly prone to entryism throughout its history.

If many commentators think this will lead to the slow meltdown of Labour both locally and nationally, they will be very disappointed. The only thing that is sustaining them is the fact that the vast majority of Tottenham residents either do not, will not or cannot vote, as a result, they stay in power.

While so much attention has been paid by journalists to the selection process, very little has been written about the way Labour has mis-managed the borough for over 40 years. There is a real and worrying prospect next May that another re-elected Labour administration will be led by either a Kober-like council privatising almost everything, or a Momentum-like organisation, spending a lot of energy campaigning against the government rather than actually delivering services.

But there is a choice. It is not inevitable. This represents a big opportunity for the main opposition parties, like the Lib Dems, Conservatives and Greens, to repeatedly attack Labour’s decades of inaction, and to put forward positive and realistic solutions for the borough.

A damning critique of how Labour run Haringey- by a Labour councillor

This has been in the news in the last few days. A Labour councillor who is standing down from Haringey Council ahead of next year’s borough local elections has criticised the way that the borough has been managed in a strongly-worded letter sent to leader Cllr Claire Kober obtained by the StopHDV website.

In the letter, Cllr Stuart McNamara has attacked the council’s repeated poor governance, bad management and decision making which has led to repeated cuts in vital local services. He has also been highly critical of the borough’s regeneration policies and the constant waste of scarce resources. He also feels that the council also does its business in secret by handing over portfolios to a handful of officers and the executive at the expense of backbench and opposition councillors and the wider public.

Cllr McNamara is certainly right about the way Cllr Kober has led the council. After the Baby P scandal back in 2008 which led to the resignation of the late George Meehan, Kober’s elected to head the Labour group at the time was seen as a new broom. However, she has adopted the policies of her predecessor. She refused to start addressing the issues which led to the riots in 2011, problems that she helped continue have been deeply felt here in Tottenham for a very long time.

It’s hard not to disagree with Cllr McNamara on this. However, he needs to be questioned over the fact that if he, the backbench Labour councillors and party members put pressure to Kober and her friends’ control of the council’s powers, we wouldn’t be having to fight to stop the threat of Ward’s Corner be demolished. We wouldn’t also have had to do shady deals with big business in order to get anything done. They could have used their collective influence to stop all this nonsense, but chose not to.

The entire Labour party in Haringey are collectively to blame for this state of affairs. That includes Cllr McNamara.

Protest about the HDV: tomorrow

Tomorrow (July 3rd), there is going to be both a protest and a benefit aimed at fighting plans by Haringey Council to forcefully evict many council tenants through their controversial HDV development programme (dubbed by critics at the £2Billion Pound Gamble).

The demonstration will assemble at Ducketts Common (Turnpike Lane Tube end) at around 5.30pm. There will be a March from the Common which will end at Haringey Civic Centre in the High Road.

Afterwards, there will be a benefit evening to raise funds for the legal fight against the council’s plans. It will take place at Wood Green Social Club, 3 Stuart Crescent, Wood Green, N22 5NJ (Not far from the Civic Centre) at 8PM. More info here.

Several estates and key public buildings based in Tottenham and across the borough are affected by the council’s HDV. Wherever you are affected or if you’re concerned about the way the council is forcing this through without fighting for more funds from the government or looking for alternatives, we still need to fight these damaging plans which could seriously affect the way public services are delivered in the borough in the future.