New Haringey mayor vows to tackle racism upon start of Black History Month
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Haringey’s new mayor urged greater action to tackle racial and religious inequality as he was sworn in on Thursday at the opening of Black History Month.
At a meeting of the full council on October 1, Cllr Adam Jogee (Labour, Hornsey) took over as the First Citizen of Haringey from Cllr Sheila Peacock (Labour, Northumberland Park), who served the borough for a record four terms.
Cllr Jogee, born and bred in Haringey, paid tribute to his Jamaican and Zimbabwean heritage and he called for more “kindness” and “courtesy” in local politics.
Cllr Jogee told the meeting: “It is fitting that on the first day of Black History Month Haringey has elected a Black man as its First Citizen.
“As important as that is, we all have more to do to advance the cause of racial and religious equality and we must never forget that responsibility.”
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Cllr Jogee, who went to Highgate Wood School, paid tribute to his grandfather who left Jamaica for Britain in the early 1940s to aid the country’s war efforts.
“Haringey, where I have lived my whole life, is a diverse, multicultural, inclusive and vibrant community,” the Hornsey councillor said.
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“We must always be proud of who we are as a people and we must be forever focused on what we can be, and what we can do.”
Haringey Council’s leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor (Labour, Bruce Grove) paid tribute to the outgoing mayor Cllr Sheila Peacock who he described as a “champion” of the elderly.
He said coronavirus and Black Lives Matter were the two main points of reflection for 2020, which he called a “very challenging year”.
On Covid-19 Cllr Ejiofor urged residents to not listen to the “naysayers” and he called for “decisive action” to prevent another lockdown.
The council’s opposition leader, Cllr Luke Cawley-Harrison (Liberal Democrat, Crouch End), said Haringey stood “arm in arm” with Black Lives Matter and that the pandemic’s local response showed the best of the community.
Cllr Cawley-Harrison criticised Haringey Council for “indulging” its divisions in what he labelled the “political pantomime” of recent suspensions “rather than combating the pandemic”.
List of Haringey Council cabinet positions confirmed at AGM
Joseph Ejiofor - leader of the council
Kaushika Amin - deputy leader of the council & cabinet member for children, education & families
Charles Adje - cabinet member for finance and strategic regeneration
Mark Blake - cabinet member for communities
Gideon Bull - cabinet member for local investment and economic growth
Seema Chandwani - cabinet member for transformation and public realm investment
Kirsten Hearn - cabinet member for climate change, equalities and leisure
Emina Ibrahim - cabinet member for housing and estate renewal
Sarah James - cabinet member for adults and health
Matthew White - cabinet member for planning and corporate services