Haringey Liberal Democrats surge as Momentum-led Labour stumbles

Haringey Lib Dems celebrating outside Alexandra Palace

Liberal Democrat activists are celebrating after making major gains in the elections to Haringey Council.

Despite facing the possibly the largest constituency Labour Party in the country, the party almost doubled its number of councillors in the borough. The party won seven additional seats - its first gains since 2006 - and held all of its eight existing seats, all at the expense of scandal hit Haringey Labour Party.

In a speech following the results, Cllr Liz Morris, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Borough of Haringey said that:

“Resident after resident spoke of their aversion to infighting, bullying & specifically to anti-Semitism. They don’t want a Haringey Development Vehicle and can’t understand why so many Labour councillors - many of whom are still Labour councillors today – voted against a Lib Dem motion to stop it.

“Our Council group was small but we’ve made a big impact campaigning on the issues that are important to residents – libraries, keeping the Osbourne Grove nursing home open, policing and advocating for more affordable housing. Now we are a larger group, we are an even stronger opposition – we will hold Labour to account.”

The result came against a backdrop of national gains for the Liberal Democrats, including winning control of the London boroughs of Kingston and Richmond.

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