Tag Archives: Member of parliament

Clacton gets Carswell, as McKenzie looks to Croydon again

Clacton’s to get Douglas Carswell. Croydon North looks as if it will get Winston McKenzie as its next UKIP parliamentary candidate. Again. As UKIP puffs out its chest at the thought of becoming a proper, grown-up political party, with a … Continue reading

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Vote early, vote often: How voter registration may not work

The new voter registration system could disenfranchise thousands of people across Croydon, and may help the Conservatives regain control of the Town Hall or assist gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell to cling on to his position as an MP next year. That’s … Continue reading

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The festering scandal of how London Road has been forgotten

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a week of anniversaries, tomorrow’s of the Croydon Riots reminds us quite how poorly served the people of London Road have been by some working in public service. By STEVEN DOWNES To borrow a phrase, August 8 … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Business, Crime, Croham, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Fairfield, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell MP, Knife crime, London Road Traders Association, Nathan Elvery, Riots Review Panel, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Union group accuses MP Reed of ‘appalling nonsense’

Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South, has lost the support of some of Croydon’s trades unionists, with one group promising to stand a candidate against the Bliarite “New Labour” advocate at next May’s General Election. The Trades Unionist … Continue reading

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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

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‘Nothing to see here’, police say over Gipsy Hill election case

The police has concluded its investigation into allegations of electoral fraud in Lambeth’s Gipsy Hill ward in May’s local elections, and says it will be taking no further action. The voters of Gipsy Hill elected three Labour councillors, including Matthew … Continue reading

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Tory MP wants election helpers to work unpaid for six months

Croydon Central’s gaffe-prone MP Gavin Barwell is seeking a couple of slaves, or possibly a pair of recent graduates who are gullible enough or desperate enough, and also have well-heeled parents who don’t mind subsidising the Tory MP’s election campaign for up … 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

Beware! Tories come gunning for Croydon on behalf of Barwell

Beware: This is the face of the “modern” Conservative Party in 2014. Cordelia Roberts Evans, at the centre of the picture of the shooting party, wearing the cool shades, is one of literally dozens of Tory activists, and Chris Grayling, … Continue reading

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UKIP pick Garner as their General Election candidate

UKIP’s members in Croydon South yesterday rejected the questionable political “skills” and charms of Winston McKenzie in favour of a local candidate who has been better known for distributing newspapers, rather than creating headlines for them. Kathleen Garner will stand … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Croydon South, Kathleen Garner, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

McKenzie’s credibility gap could be too much even for UKIP

UKIP party members in Croydon South this afternoon choose their parliamentary candidate to contest next May’s General Election. Politically, it may prove to be Winston McKenzie’s last stand. Greater London offers pretty poor electoral pickings for the Eurosceptic party, but … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Croydon North, Croydon South, Richard Ottaway MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

UKIP carnival’s Winston McKenzie wants to stand again

There are lies, damned lies and statistics. So when do two people constitute “40 per cent”? When it is UKIP in Croydon trying (just a bit too hard, it seems) to portray itself as being “diverse”. And when you factor … Continue reading

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A Viscount, two Lords and a comedian back Labour 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

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