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Haringey Council leader Cllr Claire Kober

Haringey Council leader Cllr Claire Kober

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Cllr Claire Kober – Leader

Re-elected to the Seven Sisters ward, Cllr Kober remains the head of the cabinet with a broad remit including commissioning, communication, and general council performance. When re-elected she triumphantly declared the "love affair" with the Liberal Democrat party "well and truly over". She added that the people of Haringey had no time for "the politics of smears", and that it was time to offer something different to the "cruel, nasty government".




Cllr Bernice Vanier – Deputy leader, cabinet member for communities

Haringey Independent:

Cllr Bernice Vanier remains the deputy leader, and is tasked with tackling anti-social behaviour, engagement with the police and equality. One of the most controversial moments of her last term came when her speech on the council’s efforts to regenerate Tottenham went down badly with family members at Mark Duggan’s memorial service. She said: "I think there was a bit of a misunderstanding. The family felt the service was about Mark, but from my perspective it was also about rebuilding Tottenham."

Cllr Alan Strickland – cabinet member for housing and regeneration

Haringey Independent:

Cllr Strickland remains in post at the head of the borough’s regeneration projects, with a portfolio including housing policy, homelessness, Homes for Haringey and social landlords. He also oversees the Tottenham regeneration programme, and was criticised by the Liberal Democrat party earlier in the year for attending a property convention in the south of France in a bid to attract developers to Tottenham. The council defended the visit and said it was only right to try and attract the best developers to Tottenham.

Cllr Ali Demirci – cabinet member for planning

Haringey Independent:

Ali Demirci takes over the planning portfolio from Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, who is dropped from the cabinet after being appointed in the September 2013 reshuffle. Cllr Demirci was formerly a Liberal Democrat councillor for Bounds Green, and has been a councillor since 2006. He defected to Labour in June 2008, saying: "The Liberal Democrat Party is nothing but a protest party".

Cllr Joe Goldberg – cabinet member for economic development, social inclusion and sustainability

Haringey Independent:

Cllr Goldberg’s new portfolio is similar to his last, although his new title changes slightly from his old one of finance, employment and carbon. Unemployment and worklessness are still listed as his concerns, along with post-16 education, adult learning and carbon reduction.

Cllr Jason Arthur – cabinet member for resources and culture

Haringey Independent:

Brand new councillor Jason Arthur is fast-tracked straight onto the cabinet, and is its youngest member at 26. His portfolio, a broad one, includes libraries, arts and culture, governance services, procurement and commercial partnerships, council tax, benefits and taxation. The former maths teacher has previously said that he found it "jarring" if his pupils knew more about maths than he did.

Cllr Ann Waters – cabinet member for children and families

Haringey Independent:

Cllr Waters remains in post with the portfolio for children and families. Her responsibilities include safeguarding children, early years and childcare, adoption and fostering, youth and youth offending services.

Cllr Stuart McNamara – cabinet member for environment

Haringey Independent:

Cllr McNamara has been a Bruce Grove Labour councillor since 2010, but is new to the cabinet. He takes over the environment portfolio from long-standing Northumberland Park councillor John Bevan, who has was first elected in 2002. Cllr McNamara is charge of recycling, waste and street cleaning, all of which are currently managed by private-sector company Veolia. He is also responsible for overseeing parking and traffic management, parks and open spaces and leisure centres.

Cllr Peter Morton – cabinet member for health and wellbeing

Haringey Independent:

Peter Morton is the second councillor elected in May 2014 to make it straight through to the cabinet. A press officer for the Labour Party, Cllr Morton’s appointment as a Labour candidate in the St Ann’s ward was surrounded by controversy. Complaints were made to the London Labour group that votes for prospective candidates the vote was swung by "illegal" members who had no right to vote. The Labour Party considered the allegations and decided that the selection was "safe and run in accordance with Labour Party rules". Cllr Morton’s portfolio includes public health, adult social care, safeguarding adults, children to adult social care transition, and working with the borough’s NHS.

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