As Enfield Southgate CLP (constituency Labour party) circulated a motion of no confidence in Enfield’s ‘centrist’ council leader Nesil Caliskan last night, a by-election was taking place in the local ward of Bush Hill Park – a Tory-held marginal.
In May, the Conservative candidate held onto the seat by just sixty-four votes.
Last night’s by-election came after months of controversy surrounding Caliskan including an investigation by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) into the ‘irregularities’ that occurred during the selection process, the deselection of all black council candidates, protests including demands by half of the Enfield Council cabinet and an array of other councillors and allegations of bullying.
Labour – with the same candidate who had lost so narrowly in May – finished over twenty-seven points behind the Tory candidate.
Ms Caliskan has previously stated she does not wish to be contacted by the SKWAWKBOX for comment.
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