Charles Wright: Haringey’s council house building plans mean doing deals with reality

While councils across the country have been celebrating a hundred years of council housing since the Housing Act 1919, Haringey Council has been embroiled in a very contemporary housing battle. Labour councillors have been at war over plans to sell off council land and buy back housing for social rent rather than building council homes […]

Haringey: Labour Group splits deepen as committee backs delaying new social housing scheme

Haringey Council’s scrutiny committee has backed calls for a rethink on controversial plans to sell off a council-owned site in Tottenham to private developers Magic Homes.  The developers won planning permission this month to build 88 homes on a former council care home site in South Tottenham and sell 46 of them back to the […]

Haringey: Labour councillors rebel against leadership over social housing scheme with ‘private partner’

Haringey’s “Corbyn Council” is facing a first major battle over its housing plans – from its own members. Nine councillors from the majority Labour Group are mounting a “call-in” challenge to a controversial decision to sell a council-owned site in Tottenham to private developers Magic Homes, which would build 88 homes, selling 46 of them […]

Haringey: Expelled councillor hits back at ‘hard left, Corbynista’ dominated Labour Party

A Haringey councillor has spoken out against a “hard left, Corbynista, Momentum-dominated” Labour Party after being expelled from it for re-tweeting Twitter output by members of the new political party, Change UK. Barbara Blake, 65, who first become involved in Labour politics in the early 1960s and has been a member for most of the […]

Haringey: ‘Corbyn Council’ loses cabinet member over ‘imprudent’ financial decisions

Haringey Council’s cabinet member for finance has stood down from his post, claiming that “imprudent” budgetary decisions have been taken “over my head” and that manifesto pledges have been “watered down or ignored”. Patrick Berryman, a former hedge fund trader who represents Bounds Green ward, also said in his resignation letter to council leader Joseph […]

Haringey: Labour councillor resists resignation calls after praising antisemitism row MP

A cabinet member of Haringey’s Labour Council has defied calls to step down from his role prompted by his claim that recent defections by Labour MPs had “nothing to do with antisemitism” and criticising the suspension of Chris Williamson MP for saying that his party has been “too apologetic” over the issue. Noah Tucker, who […]

Haringey: Labour chief whip upbraids ‘unprofessional’ councillors for ‘bullying’, ‘barking’ and ‘bad mouthing’

On New Year’s Eve, Haringey Council leader Joe Ejiofor sacked two members of his cabinet, citing difficulties with getting his top team “to work closely together”. It now seems the chief whip of the Labour Group as a whole has his own concerns about comradely cohesion. On Sunday morning, Labour Group chief whip Gideon Bull […]

Haringey: Planning committee faces crunch over Wood Green redevelopment plans

A special meeting of Haringey Council’s planning sub-committee will take place on Monday night with the entire agenda deemed confidential under the Local Government Act 1972. What’s going on? Behind closed civic centre doors, the matter to be debated provides a snapshot of key London housing story issues – affordability, viability, profit versus social housing – […]