Robert Gorrie elected as new Liberal Democrat leader

Haringey Liberal Democrats last night elected Hornsey councillor Robert Gorrie as their new leader. The popular councillor, with a strong record in both in public service and business has been congratulated by colleagues and local MP Lynne Featherstone.

Robert Gorrie was elected in Hornsey on a massive swing in 2006, taking the previously safe seat from Labour. He has been Liberal Democrat Finance Spokesperson, masterminding the Liberal Democrat alternative budget and has repeatedly challenged Labour-run Haringey Council’s waste and mismanagement.

Robert’s business experience makes him well equipped for the task of leading the Liberal Democrat group. Most recently he spent five years as one of the directors that built the Ocado online grocery delivery retailer from scratch to a business with a turnover equivalent to Haringey Council’s annual budget. He remains on the board and still advises the award winning company on staff consultation and communication.

Robert Gorrie has Liberal Democrat politics in his blood. His father, Donald Gorrie has been a Lib Dem MP, MSP and was a local councillor for 35 years. Robert follows this tradition as a campaigning councillor. He has fought locally for residents to be involved in the development of the Hornsey Depot site, challenged the lack of community facilities in the Campsbourne Estate and pushed for long-term solutions to issues of anti-social behaviour and economic disadvantage faced by many residents.

Outgoing Lib Dem leader Neil Williams comments:

“I’m absolutely delighted that in Robert Gorrie we have not just a new leader for the Liberal Democrats, but a brilliant Council Leader in-waiting. He couldn’t be better equipped for the job, and it is the people of Haringey that will benefit the most from his skills.”

Councillor Robert Gorrie, Haringey Liberal Democrats’ new leader adds:

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a capable team who are poised to take control of Haringey Council. I look forward to continuing the fight for local residents, for an end to Haringey Labour’s waste and for victory in 2010.”

Local Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone adds:

“I am delighted to welcome such a talented campaigner to the top job in our council group.I have no doubt that he will hold no punches in exposing Haringey Labour’s waste and mismanagement. Together we will be a formidable duo fighting for the people of Haringey.”