Haringey Lib Dem Councillor Defects to Labour
A second councillor in less than a year has resigned from the Liberal Democrats to join the Haringey Council Labour Group.
Councillor for Bounds Green ward Cllr Ali Demirci was welcomed to the Labour Group on Tuesday.
Cllr Demirci said:
"I became involved in politics because I wanted to fight injustice and I am joining Labour today because I believe that they are the party who have the best policies to tackle poverty and inequality in Haringey and across London. The Liberal Democrat party is nothing but a protest party, with no vision, no plans and no real concept of the injustice that still exists in Haringey. As a councillor for Bounds Green I have seen that it is the Labour party who have the vision and policies to improve the lives of local people; that is why I have decided to join them."
Ali is the brother of my Hackney Council Labour colleague, Cllr Feryat Demirci, one of a number of very able young councillors from the Kurdish community who got elected in May 2006. If Ali is anything like as effective a councillor and campaigner, and as good a colleague, as his sister, Haringey Labour have made a real coup in recruiting him.
The impact on Labour's chances of retaking the marginal parliamentary seat of Hornsey & Wood Green from the Lib Dems is also interesting, as with this second defection Lynne Featherstone MP's Haringey Lib Dems really seem to be in crisis.