Back, booted, and recruited: Cabinet reshuffle

Haringey Leader, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor confirms Cabinet positions

Haringey Council Cabinet members Credit: Haringey Council

The announcement of Haringey’s 2019/2020 administration by Leader, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, sees Cllr Zena Brabazon making a return to Cabinet, five months after being sacked.

The Harringay ward councillor was confirmed as both the Deputy Leader of the council, (after defeating Cllr Emine Ibrahim, in a vote at last month’s Labour AGM), and Cabinet Member for Children and Families.

Cllr Brabazon, was sacked by Cllr Ejiofor, last year (alongside Cllr Peray Ahmet), on New Year’s Eve, in hopes that it would put an end to “persistent personal conflicts”, following the alleged leaking of confidential information to the media.

Cllr Brabazon’s return to her new roles, comes as Hornsey representative, Cllr Elin Weston was ousted from the position of Lead Member for Children and Families.

Writing to the Leader, in response to her dismissal, Cllr Weston, said: “Your decision was not related to my record in this role. It was not because of an inability to work constructively with colleagues in Cabinet or Group. It was not because of failures within my portfolio.

“Your decision was based on nothing more than pure internal politics, aimed at safeguarding your own position as Leader.”

Cllr Weston will now support the administration from the backbenches. So too, will Cllr Noah Tucker, who was the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Insourcing– a role that has now ended.

Although no longer Deputy, Cllr Emine Ibrahim remains in the Cabinet, retaining the Housing and Estate Renewal lead.

Cllr Charles Adje also retains his portfolio in Strategic Regeneration, and additionally takes the lead on Finance– a role previously held by Cllr Patrick Berryman who resigned from the position in March.

Cllr Liz Morris, Leader of Haringey Liberal Democrats, said: “Cllr Ejiofor’s Cabinet is even more chronically divided than Theresa May’s.

“Over the last year he has lost a third of his cabinet including his Finance lead who accused him of making ‘financially risky and imprudent’ decisions. He sacked two Cabinet members because of ‘persistent and personal conflicts’ and now one of those Cabinet Members is his new Deputy. I can only imagine that the Labour in- fighting we have seen all year will become even more toxic.”

Cllr Ejiofor has taken on two new Cabinet members, for the second year of his administration. One is West Green representative, Cllr Seema Chandwani, who now takes the lead for Neighbourhoods– which has a focus on ensuring a cleaner public realm.

The other is White Hart Lane representative, Cllr Gideon Bull, who has become the Cabinet Member for Local Investment and Economic Growth– a role intended to build and retain wealth within the community.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor said: “I’m pleased to welcome Seema Chandwani and Gideon Bull into the Cabinet, I’ve no doubt that they have the knowledge, passion and experience to drive forward our manifesto commitments and deliver for the residents of Haringey.

“I’d like to thank Cllr Elin Weston for the work and commitment that she invested in performing her Cabinet role for Children and Education over the past 3 years. Over 98% of Haringey schools are currently rated Outstanding or Good by Ofsted.

“With the election of Cllr Zena Brabazon to the Deputy Leadership, and Zena’s experience in children and early care settings, I am convinced that Zena will be able to carry Elin’s work forward.

“I’d also like to thank Cllr Noah Tucker in his work on the Insourcing portfolio this past year, he has delivered a clear change in direction, with our first contracts set to come back ‘in house’ later this year.”