After two years as Leader of the Haringey Lib Dem Council Group, and three years as the Group’s Deputy Leader before that, next month I will be stepping down as Leader of the Opposition in Haringey. I have made this decision now as family reasons have made it increasingly difficult for me to balance the additional responsibilities being Group Leader brings.
It has been an honour to serve the amazing people of Haringey and to represent the Liberal Democrats in our borough. I have had the privilege of meeting so many of our fantastic community and voluntary groups in Haringey. They are the backbone of our borough and have been critical in our response to the COVID-19 crisis.
I also pay tribute to the support and advice I have received from the many excellent officers who work at the Council.
The last two years would not have been possible without the drive and talent of my council group. I had the pleasure of welcoming seven newly-elected Liberal Democrat councillors in May 2018. I would like to thank them for placing their faith in me and for the tremendous work they have done and will continue to do for our group, for our party and for our borough.
I am very proud of our group’s many achievements over the last two years. We ensured the Council committed itself to becoming a living wage employer; to taking bolder steps to tackle climate change and improve air quality, particularly around schools; combatting Islamophobia; and supporting LGBT+ inclusive education.
Liberal Democrat councillors will elect a new leadership team at an online meeting on July 1st and I will hand over to them at the Full Council Meeting on 13 July.
I will remain as one of the three Lib Dem councillors in Highgate and will continue to serve my residents and community. I have always said that being a local councillor “is one of the best jobs ever” - and indeed it is!