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Labour wins seat in Haringey vote

Joe Goldberg
Labour candidate Joe Goldberg held the seat for Labour

Labour has held on to a Haringey council seat, in an vote held against the backdrop of the death of Baby P.

Joe Goldberg won a by-election in the Labour stronghold of Seven Sisters by a majority of 64 votes.

The victory in the Labour-run council in east-London came after efforts by opponents to make the death of Baby P a key election issue.

The toddler died in August 2007 while on the council's "at-risk" register after suffering major injuries.

The by-election, unrelated to the case, was triggered by the death of Councillor Fred Knight last year.

Mr Goldberg said he did not sense the feared voter backlash while campaigning.

"I think everyone is really, really sad about the tragic death of Baby P and I think as councillors we are corporate parents," he said.

Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green Lynne Featherstone said voters were raising the case at the door.

"It's almost impossible for people not to talk about it. It's so huge and tragic."

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