It appears that reports that Haringey council leader Claire Kober has quit have been slightly exaggerated. In spite of an Evening Standard article stating that she has “quit today“, Ms Kober has not actually resigned but has rather announced that she will step down as leader – at May’s local elections.
This is, of course, something she could have announced at any time between now and May or even after the local elections.
At the same time, Ms Kober has published an open letter rejecting the request by Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) for the council to participation in ‘mediation’, in which she labels the NEC’s behaviour ‘discourteous‘ and ‘perverse‘.
Questions will be raised about the timing of the announcement, the accompanying “blast” at “Corbynistas” and the decision to publish a letter critical of the Labour Party and its members. Opposition to her planned ‘HDV‘ project was widespread among local unions and residents and not limited to Labour members, let alone ‘Corbynistas’.
Rumours are now circulating that Ms Kober will be appointed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as his head of housing, which will not endear the mayor to those who have are celebrating her decision to step down.
However, the news that she has opted to leave the final decision on the housing project – likely to mean it will proceed no further – will be welcomed by those who have been forced to fight long and hard to end a scheme they considered to be ‘social cleansing’ with no guarantee of social housing in the redevelopment.
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