Joe Ejiofor was London’s only black council leader until he fell to a Labour right coup – and now he has been deselected entirely as a candidate
The years-long right-wing manoeuvres to get rid of Joe Ejiofor as leader of Haringey council have culminated today in Ejiofor being removed even as a Labour candidate in May’s local elections. Ejiofor confirmed the news in a tweet this afternoon:
Ejiofor was removed as the leader of Tottenham council – the only black council leader in London – at the third attempt after the same Labour London region had hijacked Tottenham constituency party’s annual general meeting, preventing member and even union delegates from participating, to install right-wing officers.
The second attempted coup against Ejiofor, in 2020, had collapsed and two councillors involved were suspended because of racism complaints – but only after attempts by the London regional office to protect them. A first attempt had collapsed in July of that year, with Ejiofor winning a landslide of support from fellow councillors.
He was a widely popular council leader who had achieved on behalf of the people of his borough, including delivering a thousand council homes at council rents, and insourcing council services.
Local sources say that if Labour had not intervened to remove Ejiofor before the selection vote, he would have been overwhelmingly reselected by Labour members in the ward.
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