Category Archives: Croydon North

A Viscount, two Lords and a comedian back Labour’s campaign

Eddie Izzard was out campaigning in Croydon town centre this morning with local Labour leader Tony Newman. Cue jokes from all other political parties about there being more than one comedian in Croydon Labour… It’s unclear whether many of the … Continue reading

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Newman struggling to keep team singing from same songsheet

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar in his pocket and a copy of the local free paper under his arm, analyses the real story behind yesterday’s headlines Divided parties rarely win elections. The tensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe, Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Croydon South, Kenley, New Addington, Raj Rajendran, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Tories pick ‘Osland of the Yard’ to stand in Thornton Heath

The Conservatives have announced that they will be fielding a former senior police officer who headed the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation as a candidate in Thornton Heath ward at next month’s Town Hall elections. Croydon’s Tories are so short on … Continue reading

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Tories dump councillor No3 as Barwell strengthens his hand

Andy Stranack was duly selected on Saturday night as a Tory candidate for Heathfield ward in May’s local elections. Stranack’s selection saw a third sitting Conservative councillor dumped in the selection process so far and provided the latest sign that … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Dudley Mead, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell MP, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Ian Parker, Jason Cummings, Justin Cromie, Lynne Hale, Margaret Mead, Phil Thomas, Sanderstead, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve Reed MP, Tim Pollard, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tory councillors under pressure for re-selection in Heathfield

The nominations to be Conservative candidates in the ultra-safe council ward of Heathfield look like being strongly contested tomorrow. According to a very well-placed Tory source at the Town Hall, the current Heathfield councillors, Jason Cummings, Helen Pollard and a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Clare Hilley, Croydon Central, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Janet Marshall, Jason Cummings, Margaret Mead, Mike Fisher, Richard Chatterjee, Shirley, Simon Hoar, Steve Reed MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Harris, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Town Hall bruiser Thomas, lies and a Tory power struggle

Inside Croydon editor STEVEN DOWNES on another demoralising three hours of his life that he will never get back – spent at last night’s council budget meeting Croydon Tories, who have been in charge of the council for eight years, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Environment, Fly tipping, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Refuse collection, Selsdon & Ballards, Shirley, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MP’s life story that raises serious questions for the future

DAVID WHITE reviews the posthumous autobiography of Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks and finds that he carried his decency to the end Malcolm Wicks was a rarity among politicians. The MP for Croydon North-West, later Croydon North, from 1992 until … Continue reading

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St Helier and Mayday’s futures thrown into doubt once more

The clue was in the name. BSBV was supposed to stand for “Better Services Better Value”, but the BS bit gave it away. Yesterday, after three wasted years and £8.2 million of tax-payers’ cash squandered on a politically inspired effort … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Health, Mayday Hospital, St Helier Hospital, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

100 days to go: UKIP names its Town Hall election candidates

With 100 days to go until Croydon’s local elections on May 22, UKIP has revealed the names of 17 candidates for wards in Croydon Central and South. UKIP has never had a councillor elected to Croydon Council, but 2014 may … Continue reading

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Has George Galloway lost his Respect for Croydon?

Despite promises made a few months ago of being in south London politics for the long-term, George Galloway’s Respect Party may not being fielding a single candidate in Croydon’s local council elections in May. Lee Jasper, Respect’s candidate in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2014 council elections, Croydon North, Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tories whine as local businesses sip wine with Labour

Croydon’s Labour Party went on a charm offensive yesterday, spending the afternoon meeting local small businesses over wine and canapés, fronted by the shadow London minister Sadiq Khan – a likely 2016 London Mayoral candidate – and Steve Reed OBE, the … Continue reading

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Tories snub report on Croydon’s rubbish reputation

Croydon Council should dump its £10 charge to residents for removing bulky items of waste; there’s a need to return to weekly bin collections; it should ensure regular jet-washing of the streets; and more enforcement action against fly tippers is … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Environment, Fly tipping, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Refuse collection, Steve Reed MP, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Politicians distrusted? Ask Lambeth’s housing co-ops

Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Croydon North, says that it has taken him a year of working at Westminster to realise… People. Don’t. Trust. Politicians. Is this what the acronym NSS* was invented for? After all, Reed had spent … Continue reading

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MP Reed speaks out against £500,000 cuts to Croydon College

Steve Reed, the MP for Croydon North, has described government plans to cut £500,000 of funding for 18-year-olds attending Croydon College as “completely misguided”. “These students are trying to improve their education and make themselves more employable and I cannot … Continue reading

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Croydon’s “Deep Throat”: Frank Field breaks his silence

Frank Field, the veteran campaigner on social policy, has broken a five-decade omerta over the identity of a government whistle-blower who helped shame a Labour government into honouring its election promise to introduce child benefit. Field’s admission this week explained … Continue reading

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