Haringey’s Liberal Democrats have scooped their party’s top national campaigning award at their party conference in Brighton. The Penhaligon award, named after the late MP David Penhaligon, was won jointly with the Lib Dem’s Folkestone party.

The award acknowledged the great strides the Lib Dems have made in the area. The party now has 15 Haringey councillors and outpolled Labour in the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency at the local elections last year.Lib Dem councillors Lynne Featherstone (Muswell Hill), Stephen Gilbert (Fortis Green) and Neil Williams (Highgate) received the award on behalf of the Haringey party.

Lynne Featherstone comments:

“I am absolutely delighted we have won the award, and it’s a tribute to all those who have worked so hard to bring the Lib Dems to a position where we are challenging Labour for control in this area. It is a real fillip.”

Highgate councillor Neil Williams adds:

“It’s great to win, even though that huge trophy is rather heavy. After our local successes and our by-election win in Brent East, we are now in a neck-and-neck battle with Labour in Hornsey and Wood Green, and this award acknowledges that.”