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London elections 2022: Spotlight on Haringey – the key facts, big issues and political make-up

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oters are heading to the polls on Thursday to elect their councils.

Here the Standard takes a look at the big issues, key facts and political background in Labour-run Haringey.

Key issues

Labour has pledged to increase investment in children’s centres and libraries in the borough and to build 3,000 council flats over the next decade if returned to power.

Its manifesto also pledges to use council funding to retrofit homes to make them low-carbon, and to ensure that 50 per cent of new homes are “truly affordable”.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats are campaigning on pledges to scrap the controversial Edmonton incinerator and to cancel a £54m council office upgrade.

The party has also pledged it would put “local residents at the centre of decision making” by scrapping the council’s leader and cabinet model of decision making.

Read more: Follow the Standard’s coverage of the 2022 local elections

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Details

42 of Haringey’s 57 seats were won by Labour in the 2018 elections, meaning the party maintained its decades-long streak of controlling the council. However, one of whom later resigned to sit as an independent.

The remaining 15 seats were won by the Liberal Democrats, concentrated towards the western half of the borough.

The leader of the council is Cllr Peray Ahmet, who took over the role from Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, who was removed as a candidate by the Labour Party in February.

The removal came after an Ombudsman’s report said he had blocked a contentious housing demolition scheme “without proper scrutiny”.

The leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition group is Cllr Luke Cawley-Harrison.

Although Thursday’s election is taking place under new election boundaries, which will retain the same number of councillors.

Demographics

Haringey is the 4th most deprived borough in London, with deprivation more concentrated in the north east. It is highly diverse with 38% of residents from BAME groups and 26% identifying as ‘white other”, making it among the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the country.

It also has a relatively young population with a quarter of the population under the age of 20, and 91% of the population aged under 65.

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