People’s Overview and Scrutiny

I have recently taken over as the chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which has an important function to investigate and scrutinise the decisions and policies of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.

I am inviting Haringey residents to be involved in this process. In my role as the chair, I am opening it up so that it becomes ‘People’s Overview and Scrutiny’.

The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee is on Tuesday 8 June at 7pm which you can watch online on the Council’s website (www.haringey.gov.uk/local-democracy). The new leader of the Council, Cllr Peray Ahmet will appear before the Committee to answer questions. I am inviting you to submit your questions to me to put to the Leader of the Council.

You can email me your questions at khaled.moyeed@haringey.gov.uk

Or you can text me your questions to 07976973851.

Please submit your questions by midnight on Monday 7 June.

In future meetings, you can bring a deputation to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee about an issue that you are concerned about. In the coming months, the Committee will carry out a detailed Scrutiny review into increasing knife and gun crime in which I will invite you to provide your input.

Please watch the space. I will share information on my blog: khaledmoyeed.blog and on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter. My twitter handle is @kmamoyeed.

My election as the chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Some personal good news.

This week, I was elected as the chair of Haringey Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This is a very big responsibility holding the executive to account. Hope I can discharge my role with diligence.

As a ward Councillor, I regularly help residents by raising all sorts of casework on their behalf. I have received two thank you messages from two residents today. I will share one here:

“Hello Cllr Moyeed

I just wanted to send a message to thank you for getting in touch with Haringey SEN on behalf of us and our son. They have been in touch and assured us that they are working on getting our son into school as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your help.

I will give you an update once he is in school.

Wishing you a lovely weekend and all the best.”

The purpose of my post is to inspire others to consider becoming a Councillor in next year’s local elections across London. It may be a small thing that you do, but it can make a huge difference to a resident.

Vote safely, vote from home!

Canvassing postal voters

On Saturday 24 April 2021, the sun was shining on Noel Park. At midday, I gathered with other Labour Party comrades outside Wood Green tube station to speak to postal voters. If there was ever a time to vote using a postal ballot, it would be now given that we are still in the middle of the global pandemic. Britain has already suffered immensely with two Covid waves. There is a third wave in parts of Europe. Voting from the comfort of your home is the safest way to cast your vote at the forthcoming London mayoral election.

My colleagues and I knocked on the doors of registered postal voters in the Noel Park ward. There was generally a very positive response. People were very glad to see us, which made for a nice change. Politicians can sometimes get a bad press and having the door slammed in your face is the worst of all reactions that you expect.

My fellow Noel Park Councillors, Emine Ibrahim and Peray Ahmet, Cllr Mat White, ward vice chair, Lotte Collett and I were joined by Catherine West MP as we managed to cover a fair bit of the Noel Park ward. The mayoral election is fast approaching of which not many people are even aware. Knocking on doors and alerting people to the election date is important. Equally important is countering all the negative campaigning that opposition parties are throwing at Sadiq Khan and the Labour Party.

Ramadan Kareem

Tomorrow (13 April 2021) is the start of the long awaited Ramadan. Holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Many families will observe Ramadan without their loved ones who died in the pandemic. My thoughts and prayers with those families.

During Ramadan, iftar (a hot cooked meal) will be available for collection every day in Ramadan from my local mosque, Masjid Ayesha Tottenham (115 Clyde Rd, Ldn N15 4JZ). The mosque’s expert chef, Sadik and his team will be preparing delicious meals. You are all welcome.

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International Roma Day

On this #InternationalRomaDay, we must take a stand against racism towards the Roma – an acceptable form of racism in the UK and Europe today. We also need much better awareness of the Romani Holocaust at the hands of the Nazis and the continued marginalisation of the Roma people to this day.

The Roma people are the largest minority group in Europe. They are originally from India. They moved to Europe 1000 years ago. According to some sources, up to half a million Roma people were murdered during the Second World War.

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Campaigning for Sadiq Khan and Labour

On Sunday 28 March 2021, I took advantage of the longer day with the start of the British Summer Time delivering leaflets for Sadiq Khan and Labour Party in my ward, Noel Park with my Cllr colleague and London assembly candidate, Emina Ibrahim.

It is a difficult time in the middle of a pandemic for the election to take place. However, the election is also well overdue having already been postponed by one year. Sadiq Khan has enjoyed five years as the Mayor of London. He has served Londoners well during that time. He deserves to be re-elected. It is good to see that he commands a healthy lead against the Tory candidate.

In any other election, I would be out on the doorstep speaking to residents along with my Labour Party comrades. This has not been possible thus far because of lockdown measures. It is hoped that it may be possible to knock on doors in the coming weeks with the easing of lockdown rules.

Re-electing Sadiq Khan

As Tottenham Constituency Labour Party’s Campaigns Vice Chair, I chaired a meeting this evening to coordinate our campaigning ahead of the London Mayoral election on 6 May 2021.

Sadiq Khan won in 2016 with the biggest personal vote for any politician ever. He made history despite the Tories’ most racist election campaign in living memory. There had not been a more racist election campaign since the 1964 Smethwick by-election in which the Tory candidate used an openly anti-Black slogan.

The Tories now have a candidate in Shaun Bailey who made xenophobic comments regarding just about every minority group in society. His values are not the values of London.

We need to re-elect Sadiq Khan with an even bigger vote share than 2016. Voter turnout maybe low because of the pandemic and the continuing fears of a third wave. The safest and the most convenient way to vote will be through postal ballot. Everyone can apply to vote by post. You have until 5pm on 20 April 2021 to apply for a postal ballot. Please Google ‘Apply for a postal vote’ and fill in the form on gov.uk website and return it to the Electoral Services in your local authority. In Haringey, the council has posted a postal ballot application form with a pre-paid envelope to every household. Please look out for it, complete it and send it back at your earliest convenience.

Postal ballot certainly made a big difference in the November 2020 US Presidential election. Joe Biden secured the most votes ever cast for a presidential candidate. If the US can do it, we can do it too. Please sign up for a postal ballot and encourage at least one other person to do so.

Chairing campaign organisers’ meeting in Tottenham Constituency Labour Party