Category Archives: Coulsdon West

Newman goes missing at the making of piece of black history

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall chamber with a Yorkie bar and half-finished crossword from that day’s Metro sticking out of his jacket pocket, reports on Monday’s council meeting, where all promises of doing civic business in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Croydon North, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell MP, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Lynne Hale, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Planning, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Labour councillors demand free vote over Osland honour

Tony Newman, the Labour leader of Croydon Council, could face some angry party colleagues in the Town Hall chamber tonight if they are forced to vote through a borough honour for former councillor David Osland. Osland, a Tory councillor for … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, David Osland, Knife crime, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon Council to honour former police commander who was criticised over Stephen Lawrence racist murder investigation

The Labour leadership on Croydon Council “should be ashamed”, according to a leading black activist, over their decision to award one of the borough’s highest civic honours to a former senior Metropolitan Police officer who was heavily criticised over his conduct … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Avril Slipper, Coulsdon West, Crime, Croydon Council, David Osland, Eddy Arram, Graham Bass, Janet Marshall, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Policing, Shirley, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Another Tory blunder as they sign UKIP campaigner as member

Massive embarrassment for Croydon’s Conservatives – another one following #WadGate – as one of their Coulsdon councillors had to be told that one of his own local Tory party members is not only on the membership list for their political … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Mario Creatura, Parking, Peter Staveley, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

“Book Token” promoted as Pollard completes Tory takeover

Croydon’s Tory councillors yesterday duly anointed Tim Pollard, the “loyal deputy” who did just enough to cause the downfall of Mike Fisher over #WadGate, as their new leader. With no one else from the 30-strong group of Conservative councillors prepared … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council considering using CCTV to monitor traveller groups

Croydon’s Labour council wants to use Big Brother to help to stop groups of travellers from dumping piles of rubbish on the borough’s green spaces. Stuart Collins, the cabinet member for slogans and T-shirts, is understood to be considering calling … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Crime, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

All aboard the Chris Philp Express, going nowhere fast

CROYDON COMMENTARY: You’re a Tory party parliamentary candidate about to inherit a 15,000 majority. But what do you do for the nine months until next year’s election? Twiddle your thumbs? Not if you’re Croydon South’s PPC Chris Philp, who JON … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Commuting, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon South, Jon Bigger, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Richard Ottaway MP, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

#WadGate: Fisher is forced to resign as Croydon’s Tory leader

Mike Fisher, for eight years the leader of Croydon Council, was forced to quit as the head of the Tories at the Town Hall on Friday night, less than 72 hours after he was exposed as having secretly claimed an … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

New job for former top cop Osland in Croydon Tories’ coup

Some within the Croydon Tories are attempting a coup to sack the local Conservative Federation’s chairman and replace him with the controversial retired senior policeman who was criticised in the inquiry into the brutal death of Stephen Lawrence. According to … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe, Ashburton, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, David Osland, Gavin Barwell MP, Ian Parker, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

And they’re off! Betting hots up on Croydon’s Tory leadership

Sources on Katharine Street have told Inside Croydon that bets are already being laid as to who will be the next leader of the Conservative group on Croydon Council. It seems odds-on that Mike Fisher will stand down as the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Royal Mail plans will leave Coulsdon cut-off from collections

The people of Coulsdon may well have abandoned thoughts of cutting themselves off from local authorities in Greater London, and Croydon, but now Royal Mail is going to do it for them, isolating the area by reducing its postal collection … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Farage is right” says Croydon Conservative MP’s hired gofer

A leading member of the Conservative party in Croydon, and the Westminster assistant to a Tory MP in a marginal seat with a significant Muslim population, has backed UKIP’s Nigel Farage. Mario Creatura, who is paid up to £33,000 per … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croham, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Labour’s get-tough policy with tippers looks a bit of a mess

“Speak softly and carry a big stick,” was the foreign policy of US President Teddy Roosevelt more than a hundred years ago. “Don’t make an effing threat unless you’re prepared to carry it out,” was the more forthright message which … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Barwell backs down over interns: now he wants ‘volunteers’

Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for Croydon Central, has as good as admitted he may have been breaking the law by recruiting interns to work on his re-election campaign unpaid for up to six months. Not for the first-time, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Ian Parker, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barwell exposed for broken election promise on expenses

Promises made by politicians before elections should be regarded as about as useful as full-scale model of the starship Enterprise made out of honey. Take, for instance, the solemn undertakings given by gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, before he was elected as … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment