Tag Archives: Labour

Keep it quiet: councillors make allowances for themselves

Croydon’s councillors last week opened the way for potential increases in their own “allowances” of as much as 20 per cent, and they did it all without any debate. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s new council last week passed a range … Continue reading

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Not a single question asked over £180,000 CEO appointment

The French have a phrase for it: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“. In England, the tabloids devised a game for their prize competitions: Spot the Difference. Last week, at the first full council meeting of the Labour … Continue reading

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Benn’s selection is another sign that the voters always lose

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Next year’s General Election candidates in the borough’s southern-most constituency confirm the political consensus, says JON BIGGER The Labour Party today selected the Hon Emily Sophia Wedgwood Benn to stand as their candidate in Croydon South at the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Jon Bigger, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Tony Benn’s granddaughter offered a selection open goal

“Oh no,” said one senior local Labour political figure when Inside Croydon informed them that the Hon Emily Benn would be the Labour parliamentary candidate in Croydon South at next May’s General Election. “What a pity. Why’s she putting herself … Continue reading

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Labour and the hidden agenda as Elvery is handed top job

STEVEN DOWNES on how Croydon Council’s new political leadership kept a key item off the notification of the meeting to appoint the £180,000 CEO “Who governs Britain?” was a headline beloved of right-leaning newspapers in the 1970s when questioning the … Continue reading

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Tory candidate Mohan gets lost again over Croydon North

Making Croydon a London Living Wage borough? Tick. Announcing free swimming in the council’s pools this summer for all Croydon’s children? Tick. Introduce a £1 million scheme to make good use of the borough’s empty homes? Tick. Making the Tory … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Alison Butler, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Housing, Jason Perry, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Property, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell, Stuart Collins, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

At £220m, is Fisher’s Folly the most costly council HQ ever?

According to figures presented at last night’s Croydon Council cabinet meeting, Fisher’s Folly, the new council office building which some people insist on calling Bernard Weatherill House, will cost Council Tax-payers a scandalous £85 million more than even the gloomiest multi-million-pound … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Jon Rouse, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Simon Hall, Taberner House, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council stubs out tobacco investments to fund housing

Croydon Council this week moved to cancel all its investments in tobacco, pay-day loan firms and the arms industry, as Labour’s new administration at the Town Hall seeks to ensure a more ethical approach to the way the borough’s affairs … Continue reading

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‘Scandal’ of council’s £84,000 sale price for Ashburton Library

The outgoing Conservative-run council in Croydon tried to sell-off the publicly owned old Ashburton Library building on the day before the local elections at the knock-down price of £84,000. Independent valuations conducted for the council had suggested that the building’s … Continue reading

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Labour MP gets his wish with a free school for South Norwood

Sometimes, you need to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. Thus calls by the Labour MP for Lambeth South, Steve Reed OBE, for the site of the former South Norwood police station to be … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon North, Education, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Schools, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Waddon councillors’ monthly surgeries underway this Saturday

Residents in Waddon who wish to take up issues with their local councillors can do so at regular monthly surgeries. The surgeries are to be held in the church hall at St George’s, Barrow Road, on the first Saturday of … Continue reading

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Lights! Action! Candid cameras switched on at the Town Hall

STEVEN DOWNES found himself watching the first live webcast meeting of the new Croydon Council. He watched it so you didn’t have to… I nearly missed it, because I was listening to the first in the new series of I’m … Continue reading

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Aimless opposition could make for an extended honeymoon

THE VIEW FROM THE BACK BENCHES: Last night’s first council cabinet meeting of the new Labour administration was full of interesting announcements for Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING So that’s what my Labour colleagues have been up to over the last … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Bishop of Croydon, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Environment, Fly tipping, Housing, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Refuse collection, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ruskin Square serves up another vacuous ‘installation’

Entirely unprompted by Big Eric Pickles, our loyal reader has been in touch, and attached a heart-warming picture from one of the iconic venues of Croydon heritage. The picture above was taken yesterday. “Seeing as our council’s glorious website appears … Continue reading

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Pickles set to order Croydon to return to weekly bin collections

Tory Eric Pickles and his ConDem government could be about to hand a significant political present to Croydon’s new Labour-run council, by forcing them to bring back weekly bin collections. Labour won control of Croydon Town Hall a month ago … Continue reading

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