The candidates will contend to replace Labour councillor Yannis Gourtsoyannis, reports Olivia Opara
This Thursday, 9th March, Haringey Council will hold a by-election for the Tottenham Hale ward.
The move comes amidst the resignation of Labour councillor Yannis Gourtsoyannis for ‘personal reasons’. Six candidates stand in the upcoming by-election, including representatives for the Liberal Democrats, Labour, Conservative and Unionist Party, Christian People’s Alliance and Green Party, as well as an independent candidate.
Labour councillors have held sway in Tottenham Hale since 1964, when the Haringey borough was created.
Haringey Community Press spoke to the nominated candidates ahead of the vote.
Allen Windsor – Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrat candidate Allen Windsor believes that “for too long [Tottenham Hale] has been taken for granted by its Labour councillors” and plans to tackle fly-tipping and uncleanliness in the area. He pledges to reduce crime with his policing experience and encourage community cohesion to help address the root causes of crime.
Allen, who also hopes to champion his local area, said: “If people feel safe and the area is clean, the standards of Tottenham Hale will level up.”
Sean O’Donovan – Labour
Labour candidate Sean O’Donovan wants to be a “very local councillor” by encouraging community inclusion and bolstering retail. He also hopes to improve local streets and parks, secure affordable housing and decrease fly-tipping.
Sean, who also aims to address food poverty, said: “The best councillors are the ones that work locally – that’s where it starts.”
Angelos Tsangarides – Conservative and Unionist Party
Conservative and Unionist Party candidate Angelos Tsangarides wants to place “fresh scrutiny” on the council to ensure that Tottenham Hale residents are not neglected. He plans to introduce weekly bin collections, address fly-tipping and invest in youth initiatives to tackle crime.
Angelos, who contests the low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) schemes, said: “As a young person in politics, I want to inspire the next generation.”
Amelia Allao – Christian People’s Alliance
The Christian People’s Alliance candidate Amelia Allao has become disillusioned by “Haringey Council’s failure to tackle the root causes of poverty” in Tottenham Hale and plans to support local foodbanks, provide free night shelters and meals for rough sleepers in the area, as well as support recently freed offenders.
Amelia is also eager to set up family hubs, provide more support for pregnant mothers and scrutinise the curriculum of sex education in schools. She said: “Because [Tottenham Hale] is a very diverse place you need to have a big vision to stand for Tottenham.”
Dr Emma Chan – Green Party
The Green party candidate Dr Emma Chan plans to create change in Tottenham Hale by making residents the priority, listening to them and setting agendas that foreground issues important to them – as “they are often forgotten about”. She also wants to channel resources to the area.
Dr Chan said: “I want to challenge the status quo by being an independent voice not solely focused on party politics.”
Miraf Negusse Ghebreawariat – Independent
First time independent candidate Miraf Ghebreawariat believes that the council is “not really doing anything” for the residents and plans to encourage community cohesion by investing in more open green areas, free park activities for children and community safety.
Miraf, who also wants to tackle increased traffic in the area, said: “I see this as an opportunity to improve Tottenham and do more for us, the residents.”