Former Tory candidate urges Haringey residents to vote Liberal Democrat in local elections

Haringey's special roundaboutLabour’s record in running the Council in Haringey is not what you would call impressive. Despite charging the fifth highest Council Tax in the City, the Audit Commission marked it as the worst in London. Despite massively overspending its schools budget, its primaries schools were described as “the worst and going backwards” and they send folk off on luxury yacht trips at taxpayers’ expense.

As if that wasn’t enough its Mayor was found last week to have abused her position for personal advantage.

And if you need more, check out Mark Pack’s timeline of Doom and Failure. 

Oh, and did I mention the Great Roundabout Blunder?

Today, former Haringey Tory candidate Ed West used an article on the Spectator’s Coffee House blog to urge local residents to vote Liberal Democrat to get rid of the Labour Council.  He said:

 I would urge everyone in Haringey, whatever their tribal political affiliations and whatever their views on national politics, to vote Lib Dem, and I say this as someone who was roped into standing for the council last time as one of the few remaining Tories in the borough; as it is we came fourth in my ward, behind the Greens. I don’t think my wife even voted for me. More generally I urge people to vote for whichever individuals or group that will provide the best council service, rather than voting on irrelevant national issues.

This comes on the same day as former Labour strategist Dan Hodges said he was voting for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections as Stephen Tall reported earlier.

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2 Comments

  • Tony Rowan-Wicks 9th May '14 - 8:28am

    It’s a good read when politicians, from other parties, recognize that local LDs are the best in local government. Too late to have any great effect nationally unless there are large, active, local groups making the news in their wards.

  • Chris Manners 9th May '14 - 5:11pm

    Not sure “politician urges vote for Coalition partners” is much of a story.
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    Haringey schools don’t have a great reputation by any means, but in their defence they could point out they’ve historically had less money than the inner London boroughs, despite having many of the same social issues.

    http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/news/how-much-per-pupil-funding-will-your-school-get

    The gap looks like it’s narrowed though, and fair play to you for that.

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