Haringey councillor opts for Athens over affordable homes

One of the HDV-rebel councillors in Haringey will miss a crucial planning meeting to approve hundreds of new affordable homes in her ward, to meet with representatives from Syriza instead.

One of the HDV-rebel councillors in Haringey will miss a crucial planning meeting to approve hundreds of new affordable homes in her ward, to meet with representatives from Syriza instead.

Haringey Council Planning Committee will vote tonight on whether to permit the building of 1700 new homes, including 444 new affordable homes, in the Wood Green ward. The development will also include a new nursery.

However, Wood Green councillor, Peray Ahmet, has given her apologies, and has taken a trip to Athens instead.

Tweets from Ahmet and fellow councillors, Emina Ibrahim and Isidoros Diakides, also on the trip, show them taking in the sights and a stunning view of the Acropolis from their hotel roof garden.

While her fellow councillors will decide whether to approve the new homes in her local patch, Ahmet will be meeting with Greek Government Ministers from Syriza, the far-left group currently governing in coalition with the right-wing nationalists, Independent Greeks. As a Party which gained power on an anti-austerity platform, only to have to implement deep spending cuts in office, the Greek radicals should have some useful advice for the incoming administration in Haringey.

Ahmet, who has sent a statement to be read in her absence at tonight’s meeting, is tipped to become the next Leader of the council in May, following Claire Kober’s resignation. Ibrahim, Diakides, and Ahmet all co-signed the letter to Labour’s National Executive Committee calling on the body to oppose the plans.

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