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Matt McLaren and Enfield Lib Dems slam 'deliberately misleading' response from Mayor over extraordinary Council meeting

14 January 2022

In an open letter to the Mayor of Enfield this morning, Liberal Democrat Council candidate for Winchmore Hill Matt McLaren has slammed the Mayor of Enfield for an email which contains ‘wholly untrue’ and potentially ‘deliberately misleading’ statements.


This email was sent to local residents like him from the Mayor’s office after many residents requested an extraordinary meeting of the Council be convened urgently to debate the new, hugely expanded Edmonton incinerator before the contract for its development is signed in a few days’ time.


Many Enfield residents wrote to the Mayor last week, following a call from the Stop The Incinerator campaign for residents to write in and request that an extraordinary meeting of the Council be summoned to debate the issue before the contract is signed. This followed a request for such a meeting being put to the Mayor, signed by five Councillors in the Community First Group (which includes Lib Dem, Green and Independent Councillors) on 4th January 2022.


Matt and fellow residents who responded to Stop the Incinerator’s call received no reply from the Mayor’s office until yesterday, In it, Enfield Mayor Cllr Sabri Ozaydin claimed (we believe falsely) that he had no power under the Council’s constitution to convene a meeting of the full Council that would meet earlier than 19th January (by which time the contract for the incinerator would already have been signed) and in fact he would not convene an extraordinary meeting until 26th January – somewhat farcically meeting on the same night as ordinary meeting of the Council already scheduled for that date.

Commenting on the Mayor’s email to residents, Matt McLaren has said:


“The Mayor has sat on his hands and done nothing after receiving a request from his fellow Councillors to call an emergency meeting of the Council to debate this monumental issue before the future of so many Enfield residents is signed away.


“He continued to sit on his hands and do nothing when he received many more requests for such an emergency meeting from local residents such as myself. And now, in the ultimate slap in the face to those calling for the democratic debate Enfield is absolutely entitled to and desperately deserves, the Mayor dares to pass the buck and falsely claim that only if the Councillors had requested the meeting earlier then the debate could have taken place earlier.


“That is categorically not true and deeply misleading. The Council constitution is unequivocal on this point and says quite clearly that the Mayor could have called the meeting at any time.”

 

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Who is Matt McLaren?

Matt is a longstanding Liberal Democrat, leader in business and resident of Winchmore Hill committed to defending democracy, upholding decency and advancing truth in public debate. Matt is:

  • Managing Principal of McLaren Search, a boutique search and selection consultancy founded to deliver superior solutions for senior executive hires within professional services, finance, charities & NGOs (see www.mclarensearch.com for more details of Matt's business)

  • prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Enfield Council in his home ward of Winchmore Hill (see www.enfield-libdems.org.uk for more details of the Liberal Democrat campaign in Enfield)

  • graduate in philosophy, having been awarded First Class Honours from Heythrop College, University of London


  • A current part-time student of mathematics at Birkbeck, University of London

And, within the Liberal Democrats, Matt is also:

  • Vice-Chair of the Enfield Local Party

  • A member of London Region's Local Parties Committee

  • A member of the sovereign English Council (representing the London Regional Party)

  • An elected member of the English Party's Executive

  • The sole representative of the English Party on the Federal Conference Committee