2022 Haringey Council election
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All 57 council seats
 
Leader Peray Ahmet Luke Cawley-Harrison
Party Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 42 seats, 57.3% 15 seats, 23.9%

Incumbent council control


Labour



The 2022 Haringey London Borough Council election is due to take place on 5 May 2022. All 50 members of Haringey London Borough Council will be elected. The elections will take place alongside local elections in the other London boroughs and elections to local authorities across the United Kingdom.

Background

History

Result of the 2018 borough election
Result of the 2018 borough election

The thirty-two London boroughs were established in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963. They are the principal authorities in Greater London and have responsibilities including education, housing, planning, highways, social services, libraries, recreation, waste, environmental health and revenue collection. Some powers are shared with the Greater London Authority, which also manages passenger transport, police, and fire.[1]

Since its formation, Haringey has been continuously under Labour control, apart from a period of Conservative control from 1968 to 1971. Apart from a few councillors from minor parties, all councillors elected to the council have been Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat. Since 2002, only Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors have been elected. In the most recent council election in 2018, Labour won 42 seats with 57.3% of the vote and the Liberal Democrats won 15 seats with 23.9% of the vote. The Green Party received 10.4% of the vote and the Conservatives won 7.8% of the vote, though neither party won any seats.[2] The incumbent leader of the council is the Labour councillor Peray Ahmet, who has held that role since 2021.[3]

Council term

After the 2018 election, Labour councillors chose Joseph Ejiofor, the incumbent deputy leader of the council and an official in the party's Momentum faction, to be the new council leader.[2] Local party members had voted to endorse a different councillor, Zena Brabazon, to have been the council leader.[4] Peray Ahmet, a former cabinet member Ejiofor had removed in 2018, became council leader in May 2021 after challenging Ejiofor.[3]

In October 2018, the Labour councillor Ishmael Osamor, son of the Labour MP Kate Osamor, resigned after pleading guilty to possessing drugs with intent to supply and drug possession.[5] A by-election for his West Green seat was held on 13 December 2018, which was won by the Labour candidate Seema Chandwani.[6]

In 2020, five Labour councillors: Patrick Berryman, Dana Carlin, Vincent Carroll, Preston Tabois and Noah Tucker, were suspended from their party following complaints being made against them.[7] Noah Tucker and Preston Tabois were readmitted in 2021.[8] Tucker was suspended again days later, "based on new material [the Labour Party] was not previously aware of".[9] Carroll was restored to the party in 2021.[10] Berryman and Carlin were also restored to the Labour group. The Labour councillor James Chiriyankandath left his party in June 2021 after Ahmet's election as council leader.[11]

Like most other London borough councils, Haringey will be electing councillors under new ward boundaries. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England produced new wards after a period of consultation.[12] The number of councillors will remain the same at 57, representing fifteen three-councillor wards and six two-councillor wards.[13]

Electoral process

Haringey, like other London borough councils, elects all of its councillors at once every four years. The previous election took place in 2018. The election will take place by multi-member first-past-the-post voting, with each ward being represented by two or three councillors. Electors will have as many votes as there are councillors to be elected in their ward, with the top two or three being elected.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in London aged 18 or over will be entitled to vote in the election. People who live at two addresses in different councils, such as university students with different term-time and holiday addresses, are entitled to be registered for and vote in elections in both local authorities.[14] Voting in-person at polling stations will take place from 7:00 to 22:00 on election day, and voters will be able to apply for postal votes or proxy votes in advance of the election.[14]

Previous council composition

After 2018 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 42 Labour 42
Liberal Democrats 15 Liberal Democrats 15

References

  1. ^ "The essential guide to London local government | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b Proctor, Kate (9 May 2018). "Momentum leader takes over Haringey Labour council despite party vote". www.standard.co.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "New leader for Labour group after councillor's successful challenge". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  4. ^ Proctor, Kate (9 May 2018). "Momentum leader takes over Haringey Labour council despite party vote". www.standard.co.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Ishmael Osamor resigns over Bestival drugs supply charges". BBC News. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  6. ^ "West Green by-election – 13 December 2018". Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Opposition says Labour 'dysfunctional' after reports of councillor suspensions". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Councillors who shared antisemitic posts and conspiracy theories readmitted to Labour". The Jewish Chronicle. 19 March 2021. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  9. ^ Boniface, Michael (24 March 2021). "Haringey Labour councillor Noah Tucker suspended again". Hampstead Highgate Express. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  10. ^ Harpin, Lee. "EXCLUSIVE: Jewish Voice For Labour official chairs Labour panel on antisemitism". jewishnews.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Former Labour chairman quits and slams 'vindictive opposition' of councillors". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  12. ^ Volpe, Sam (8 January 2020). "Council ward boundaries: 'Regret' in Barnet at Golders Green carve up but Haringey councillors 'relaxed' with changes". Hampstead Highgate Express. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  13. ^ "LGBCE | Haringey | LGBCE Site". www.lgbce.org.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  14. ^ a b "How the elections work | London Councils". www.londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2021.