Liberal Democrats in Tottenham have selected local campaigner David Schmitz to be their candidate in the Seven Sisters by-election, caused by the sad death of long-serving councillor Fred Knight.
David Schmitz is also the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Tottenham, so is a seasoned campaigner for Tottenham. On the Labour council’s controversial plans for the development of Wards Corner, David Schmitz, a barrister, has been giving free legal advice to members of the Wards Corner Community Coalition to help save the Latin American market and the historic Wards Corner building.
Mr Schmitz says he will be campaigning to hold Haringey Council to account over the appalling mismanagement that led to the tragic death of Baby P and to prevent large payoffs being made to anyone found to have been guilty of gross misconduct. He also wants to tackle Haringey Council neglect in the Seven Sisters area, including dumped rubbish and other local grot spots.
David Schmitz comments:
“More than ever, Tottenham and Seven Sisters need the Liberal Democrats. Only the Liberal Democrats offer an alternative, and with the last local elections so close, a win in January will send a message to Labour that after nearly forty years of mismanagement, local residents have had enough.”
Hornsey and Wood Green Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone, who was until 2006 a Haringey councillor, adds:
“I’m delighted David has been chosen. He will be a strong voice for the people of Seven Sisters and South Tottenham.The tragedy of Baby P is the latest and the worst result of Labour’s failure to run the Council properly. Local people are more than ever disgusted with Haringey Labour, who are clearly not up to the job of running the Council. The days when Tottenham residents would just put up with Labour neglect are over. That is why the Liberal Democrats will be fighting hard to win on 15th January.
“David Schmitz is already a formidable Tottenham campaigner for the Liberal Democrats. He almost unseated a former Labour Mayor in a huge swing in the 2006 local elections. His role was key to securing the election of Lib Dem councillors in Tottenham for the first time in many years.”
The whole area is now turning to the Lib Dems, with the Conservatives knocked into third place in the last general election. They have no seats at all on Haringey Council.
David Schmitz’s commitment to the Tottenham community is deep and of long standing:
“A few years ago, the house next door to us became a drugs den,” says David Schmitz. “Haringey Council’s inability to deal with the problem turned me into a local campaigner.
“When the drug den was destroyed by fire, my partner and I bought the wreck and spent a year doing it up as our home. I was so impressed by what Lynne Featherstone and the Liberal Democrats were achieving in Haringey that when our building work was done, I decided that the time had come for me to join in their campaigns.”