Tag: Nesil Caliskan

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Enfield leader Çalışkan: £6 billion housing project ‘back on track’

A major regeneration programme in Enfield, North London, which will eventually see the creation of 10,000 new homes is “back on track”, the borough’s leader has said. Labour’s Nesil Çalışkan, who is of Turkish Cypriot ethnicity, made the comments after Enfield Council named Galliford Try as the developers for the first phase of the Meridian […]

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British Turkish Cypriot politician suspended from Labour Party over Israel tweet

Labour Party politicians of Turkish Cypriot origin have become embroiled in row over a tweet that accused Israel of backing terrorists in Syria, it has been reported. Veteran councillor Ayfer Orhan has been suspended from the Labour group after she shared a tweet that claimed Israel backed Al-Qaeda and ISIS, wrote Jewish News, which first […]

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From closure of Tottenham Park Cemetery to Tory councillor recycling news calling Turks “barbarians”, the biggest stories of 2018

We’ve again evidenced the rollercoaster of life these past twelve months, experiencing individual and collective highs and lows, as well as drama, wonder and tragedy. Turks in their various cultural, religious, political, and professional shades continue to make their mark in Britain as elsewhere, raising the profile of the community across society, in politics, in […]

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Ministry of Justice to investigate Tottenham Park Cemetery

A government department has appointed an inspector to “investigate very serious concerns raised about the condition, practices and management of the privately owned and operated Tottenham Park Cemetery.” The decision has been welcomed by Enfield Council and the Tottenham Park Cemetery Action Group (TPCAG) – the community group representing relatives, who have been campaigning for […]

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Members back Enfield leader Nesil Çalışkan as vote of no confidence fails

A motion calling on council leader Councillor Nesil Çalışkan to resign over her decision to suspend cabinet member Cllr Yasemin Brett has failed. The no-confidence motion, tabled at a meeting of the Enfield Southgate Constituency Labour Party (CLP) on Thursday 29 November, was roundly rejected by members. A statement from Enfield Council Leader Cllr Çalışkan […]

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Dignity for the dead: local politicians join Turkish community to protest “appalling state” of Tottenham Park Cemetery

Dozens of people turned up on Saturday morning to protest the owners of Tottenham Park Cemetery. The site in North London is the largest burial ground in Britain for people of Turkish heritage. Politicians such as Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, Bambos Charalambous, the MP for Enfield Southgate, Nesil Çalışkan, the Leader of Enfield Council, councillors from […]

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Second Enfield Tory Councillor suspended over ‘racist’ remarks towards British Turks

  Another Conservative politician in North London has been suspended following offensive comments to a fellow Enfield councillor of Turkish heritage. On Thursday 20 September, William Coleshill, the Conservative member for Bush Hill Park, outraged with his remarks to Labour Councillor Susan Erbil during a debate on education. Cllr Erbil had put forward a motion […]

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Nesil Caliskan breaks new ground after being elected Leader of Enfield Council

  Councillor Nesil Caliskan, 29, was last night elected Leader of Enfield Council by the ruling Labour Group of Councillors, becoming the first woman to hold the post in the borough. Her selection makes Caliskan the youngest council leader for London and possibly England, and the first person of Turkish heritage to head a council […]