Tag Archives: David Cameron

Bishop of Croydon says benefits policy has been ‘catastrophic’

Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon, today described government policy on benefits as having a “catastrophic” effect on the lives of ordinary people in Croydon. Bishop Clark has added his voice to those of more than 50 other senior churchmen … Continue reading

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Reeves drops cost of living bombshell on New Addington

Rachel Reeves, the shadow minister for Work and Pensions, is spearheading the Labour Party’s cost of living campaign in Croydon against local Tories. Reeves was talking to Central Parade shoppers and shopkeepers in New Addington on Saturday about Labour’s energy … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, George Ayres, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Sarah Jones, Tony Newman, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MP Reed condemns “disgraceful” failures over riot pay-outs

More than two years after the 2011 riots, and there’s still 133 people who claimed official compensation who are yet to receive a penny to help them re-build their homes and businesses. Those are the findings of Steve Reed OBE, … Continue reading

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Council keeps its war centenary plans firmly under wraps

We will remember them. It is just that as far as Croydon Council is concerned, they don’t yet know how. According to one senior staffer in Fisher’s Folly, “The council does indeed have plans to restore and refurbish war memorials … Continue reading

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Is Malthouse pitching for Croydon South parliamentary seat?

Kit Malthouse, Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor at the Greater London Authority, is understood to be among the candidates the local Tory party is choosing from for the ultra-safe parliamentary seat of Croydon South, according to sources close to the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Kit Malthouse, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Policing, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

It’s official: Croydon is the most miserable part of London

It’s official: Croydon is the most miserable part of London. So much for the view through rose-tinted glasses of the self-appointed “Glee Club”, who choose to ignore the area’s many short-comings, or the dissembling work of PR agency Grey Label … Continue reading

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Right? Honourable? Ottaway’s expenses easily forgotten

It wasn’t only Croydon Central’s Gary Barlow [SICK] [SIC] who got bumped up this week. Three other MPs with links to Croydon featured in the political parties’ re-shuffles, with David Cameron even singling out one time-serving, pocket-lining expenses-claimer for special … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parliamentary promotion could be a big stretch for Barwell

It may be the sort of promotion that even arch-political careerist Gavin Barwell could have done without. Just 24 hours after the junior minister, Chloe Smith, resigned her government position in order to spend more time with her marginal constituency, … Continue reading

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Downing Street tips its advisors for parliamentary selection

On yer bike. Downing Street has spoken and Laura Trott is one of its three preferred candidates to run for the Conservatives in the ultra-safe Tory Croydon South seat in 2015. But you might want to hit your Shimano brakes… … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon South, Lynne Hale, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Simon Hoar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Man who lost Upper Norwood takes charge of Tory selection

It appears that there may be at least 300 career politicians among the Conservative party, all desperate to get a state-paid job for life. So overwhelming has been the response for applications to be the Tory candidate in ultra-safe Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon South, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Simon Hoar, Upper Norwood, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MP asks Prince Charles to intervene over riot compensation

After losing patience in waiting for the Prime Minister and his deputy, or for the Mayor of London, to fulfill their various promises to the people of Croydon who lost their homes and businesses in the riots more than two … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Portas Pilot has been a flop, admits scheme’s ex-chair

The Portas Pilot project, intended to revive business in Croydon’s ancient Surrey Street Market, has been a failure. That’s effectively the admission of Mary Portas, Prime Minister David Cameron’s “retail guru” and self-proclaimed “Queen of the High Street”. It is … Continue reading

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Syria, Parliament and the local MPs who want it all ways

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Where do local MPs stand on the issue of intervention in Syria after Thursday night’s votes in the House of Commons? In some cases, it is hard to say, writes ANDREW PELLING, especially for the MP who voted … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

London Road still bypassed by aid, media and politicians

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The area worst-hit by arson and looting on the night of the riots has never been a priority, right from the moment the first petrol bombs were hurled on August 8, 2011, says PATRICK RATNARAJA London Road has … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Community associations, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon Tamil Business Forum, Gavin Barwell MP, Jon Rouse, London Road Traders Association, Malcolm Wicks MP, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Boris Johnson turns his back on Croydon

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, will not be the next MP for Croydon South. That’s according to a report in tomorrow’s edition of The Spectator, the magazine that Johnson edited for six years, until 2005. There has been some … Continue reading

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