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Councillor Lorna Reith

Party: Labour

Ward: Tottenham Hale

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Surgery details

4th Saturday of month, 11am – 12.30pm
Marcus Garvey Centre – Library and Customer Services
1 Philip Lane N15 4JA

Contact information

Correspondence address: 
River Park House
225 High Road
Wood Green
N22 8HQ

Phone:  020 8376 2310


Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 23/01/2003 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

I’ve always been interested in politics and wanting to change things for the better. For me politics isn’t about voting every 5 years, it’s about people being involved in decisions that affect them.


I’ve been active in the local community since I moved to Haringey in 1975. Long before I became a councillor I spent many years as chair of the tenants and residents association on the Ferry Lane estate, where I still live. I helped in the setting up of the Tottenham Law Centre and was involved in many campaigns to improve local services.


I was Chief Executive of Disability Alliance, a national charity, from 1992 to 2006 and before that was national campaign officer for a charity working with homeless people. I also spent several years working for Haringey and Hackney Councils, which proved a useful background. I spent 4 years as Vice-chair of London TravelWatch – a body which represents passengers in London.


From 2004 to December 2008 I was Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and Involvement and this provided an opportunity to improve the way the Council consults, listens and involves local residents as users of our services.


In December 2008 I took on the challenging position of Cabinet Member for Children and Young People following the Government’s highly critical report into our child protection services. I was absolutely determined that we should not only improve our safeguarding services but strive to make them an exemplar for other councils to follow. I knew this was going to be a tough job but the children of our borough deserve the very best protection and support. I am very pleased that we improved our Children’s safeguarding services to the point where they were taken out of intervention in February 2012.


In May 2012 I stood down from the Cabinet and then returned to full-time work as Chief Executive of Healthwatch Enfield. I learned a lot about the health service which helped me in campaigning successfully for new GP services in my ward. In April 2016 I retired and since then have been concentrating on work within my ward as Tottenham Hale is at the heart of the Council’s regeneration aspirations.