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Haringey leader survives deselection campaign

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Haringey LBC leader Claire Kober has survived an attempt by Labour left wingers to deselect her for next May’s elections.

She won nomination to be a Labour candidate by 64 votes to 19 among party members in her Seven Sisters ward.

Cllr Kober has been at the centre of controversy over the Haringey Development Vehicle, a partnership with developer Lendlease that would take over £2bn of council assets, and opponents had been hopeful of removing her and her supporters.

The controversy boiled over this week when former cabinet member Stuart Macnamara (Lab) issued a highly critical letter about Cllr Kober’s record.

Cllr Kober also chairs London Councils and the Local Government Association’s resources board.

Haringey’s political balance is Labour 49 and Liberal Democrats eight.

Cllr Kober has a safe seat, recording a majority of more than 1,500 over the Green party in 2014.

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