The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), a £2 billion public/private housing deal between Haringey Council in north London, and construction company Lendlease, is all but dead in the water. Claire Kober the Labour leader of the council, has said that she will not stand for re-election in May’s local government elections. Kober has been the key driver of this property deal, which would have bulldozed thousands of social housing properties, and be replaced with high cost homes for sale or private rental.
Kober has support from some MPs and council leaders on the right of the Labour party, which does demonsrate that the Labour party still has some way to go before it is totally transformed into a proper social democratic party. Rumours are circulating that Sadiq Khan, the Labour mayor of London, is set to offer Kober a job in charge of housing, London wide.