Tag Archives: Member of parliament

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

Posted in 2014 council elections, Boris Johnson, Catriona Ogilvy, Emily Benn, Heathfield, Louisa Woodley, Mayor of London, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What Barwell fails to tell you and the myths of Council Tax

This is the level of political “frankness” we can expect in the coming weeks. Tim Donovan, BBC London’s political editor, asked his studio guest on Sunday whether he was “worried” by UKIP in Croydon. “Yes and no,” came the reply … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council leader Fisher commits to paying for Cane Hill road

The fix is in. Cane Hill, the 677-home yuppie housing estate which Barratt will be building on the site of the former asylum near Coulsdon will get its additional access road, according to a promise made by Mike Fisher, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Cane Hill, Chris Philp, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Mike Fisher, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Planning, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve O'Connell, Terry Lenton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Grassroots discontent over selection of deputy leader’s wife

Grassroots Croydon Conservatives are asking whether Councillor Helen Pollard was given preferential treatment by the local party’s leadership after she was nominated earlier this week to stand in Fairfield ward at the local elections in May. Helen Pollard is married … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Mike Fisher, New Addington, Sanderstead, Tim Pollard, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Seven Tory MPs deliver leaflet critical of Conservative council

ANDREW PELLING reports on an extraordinary election leaflet from Addiscombe Tory candidates which criticises the “current” Conservative Town Hall regime It is a sign of just how short of activists the political parties are these days. Last week Croydon Central … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Selection rows see King abdicate from Addiscombe Tories

A senior Conservative Party official in MP Gavin Barwell’s Croydon Central parliamentary constituency has given up his influential position, as a row  over the Tories’ candidate selections for May’s local elections begins to grow. Robert King stood as a Tory … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Croydon Central, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Caption competition: What’s in “Sir” Tricky Dicky’s dreams?

It must be tough, getting by on the miserable 66 grand salary as a Tory backbencher in the House of Commons. In our picture, poor old “Sir” Tricky Dicky Ottaway, the hard-working Conservative MP for Croydon South, appears to be … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon South, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 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

Posted in Croydon North, Malcolm Wicks MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Boris returns to Kenley to thank flood emergency workers

Like a petty potentate or a minor royal, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was back in Kenley yesterday, doing his Young Mr Grace bit of “You’re all doing very well”, shaking hands and patting the backs of fire fighters … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Kenley, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rigourous? Gaffe-in Barwell gets in a spell of trouble

Oh dear. Michael Gove, the education secretary, will be displeased. Standards must be maintained, after all. Will he order gaffe-prone Gavin to stay behind for detention, or tell him to write  200 lines (“I must not make myself look like … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Education, Gavin Barwell MP, Schools, Trinity School, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Councils warn flood householders to beware bogus official

The councils in Croydon and Tandridge, which covers flood-affected Whyteleafe, have issued warnings to home-owners to beware a bogus official operating in the area. While council officials were distributing advice letters to flood-threatened houses in Kenley and Whyteleafe yesterday, they … Continue reading

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Anarchist wants Tory MP Ottaway to tell the truth

Ever since he called out the police when less than a dozen peaceful constituents attended his monthly surgery, Croydon South MP’s “Sir” Tricky Dicky Ottaway has been spinning a line to cover his embarrassment. Here, JON BIGGER says it is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon South, Jon Bigger, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments