In 2018, Cllr Nesil Caliskan was appointed Leader of the Enfield Labour Group after beating the previous leader Cllr Doug Taylor in a vote at the AGM and has taken the administration in a new direction.
However the internal politics has been rife in Enfield between the hard left and moderates of the Labour Party. Recently two sitting Councillors failed their selection interviews in the selection process. Cllr Tolga Aramaz and Cllr Achilleas Georgiou had both been at odds with the Labour administration. Cllr Doug Taylor will also be moving wards, from a safe Labour seat, Ponders End to the marginal ward of Palmers Green.
Since 2020, seven Labour councillors have quit the Labour Party, and joined a new opposition group, Community First. This group is made up of four independents, two green party councillors and one Liberal Democrat. Two other councillors also decided to quit the Council.
It will be interesting to see whether the Community First group will put up candidates in the elections.
Because of the boundary changes coming into effect many Labour councillors will be standing in new wards. Many other councillors have decided not to seek re-election including former cabinet member Yasemin Brett, who challenged the Leaders decision to make Bowes LTN permanent.
On the development front there has been much activity with Meridian Water and the regeneration of Joyce and Snells Park, not to mention transport secretary Grant Shapps stepping in to block Transport for London’s plans for 351 new homes at Cockfosters Underground Station.
All of this adds up to make for an interesting few weeks campaigning in Enfield but more importantly it will be interesting to see what is next for the administration after the election.
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