Popular local campaigner and Haringey councillor Dawn Barnes has been chosen by the Liberal Democrats to fight next year's election for the Enfield and Haringey London Assembly seat.
Dawn Barnes, who took a seat from Labour in Crouch End in the local council elections last year, is a seasoned campaigner who has pledged to build on the party’s stunning success in June’s European elections across the two boroughs. Just five per cent of the vote separated the Lib Dems and Labour, with all other parties out of contention.
What a fantastic result it was on Sunday night for the Lib Dems! The EU elections have shown us to be the voice of millions who want to Stop Brexit, and who no longer feel represented by the country's two main parties.
Nationally, we won more seats than Labour and the Conservatives; we topped the poll in London for the first time in our history for any election; and pro-remain parties, of which we were by far the largest, won more votes than the Brexit Party and UKIP.
‘Islamophobia is a form of racism’ meeting of Haringey’s Full Council has declared. The meeting resolved to adopt a definition of Islamophobia produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims that say it “is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”
Following details of a stabbing on Muswell Hill on the 29th April, Cllr Julia Ogiehor, councillor for Muswell Hill and Haringey Liberal Democrat spokesperson on crime and communities, says that:
“We are saddened to hear of the stabbing in Muswell Hill last night. We would like to thank the police for their speedy response to the incident.
“Overall crime in our area has reduced in recent months but we recognise that our young residents can feel unsafe. This morning, we had urgent discussions with the police about how to ensure residents are kept safe. In addition, we will be pushing the Council to speed up the implementation of the new Young People at Risk strategy in our area.”
The long battle to save the historic Winchester Tavern site on Archway Road continues as the developer puts in another application to convert the function room at the rear of the pub into a residential unit.
Labour councillors have delayed measures to keep pollution from exhaust fumes away from schools, drawing criticism from Haringey Liberal Democrats.
At a Full Council meeting on Monday 18th March, Liberal Democrat councillors proposed a motion warning that children in Haringey are being exposed to dangerous level of nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants travelling to and from school and as a response resolved to “implement School Streets or No-Idling Zones around every primary school in the borough by 2022”.
However, despite pleas from parents at local schools who had come to the meeting specifically to raise concerns about air pollution, Labour councillors voted to amend the motion, so that it only committed the Council to producing a report.
A third member of Haringey Council’s 9-person Cabinet has quit.
Cllr Patrick Berryman (Lab – Bounds Green) wrote a scathing resignation letter to Cllr Joseph Ejiofor (Lab – Bruce Grove), the Leader of Haringey’s Labour administration, objecting to a lack of “proper process” for decision making, that manifesto pledges have been “watered down or ignored” and for “decisions that I consider financially risky and imprudent”.