Tag Archives: Member of parliament

Business as usual for ‘local lad’ Philp the parachutist

WALTER CRONXITE has staggered back from the Strangers’ Bar at Westminster, after he saw Croydon’s newest MP making his maiden speech Chris Philp, elected last month as the new MP for Croydon South, finally got around to making his maiden … Continue reading

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Night of the short knives as Newman sacks chief whip Ryan

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Twix bar and a copy of the Racing Post, offers the inside information on what passes for a reshuffle at the Town Hall It was the sort of “hit” that … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Humayun Kabir, Manju Shahul Hameed, Oliver Lewis, Pat Ryan, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sherwan Chowdhury, Simon Hall, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Towering concern for sharing fairly Croydon’s housing burden

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Last month, David Callam wrote about the importance of housing as an election issue, nationally and locally. Here, ROD DAVIES calls for a fair distribution through the borough of high-density developments What’s good for the goose … The … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, ECCO, Housing, New Addington, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Winston McKenzie’s latest rant does UKIP leader no good

Poor old Winston McKenzie, Croydon’s UKIP “Chump”. He really doesn’t get it, does he? Barely a week after he held on to his General Election deposit thanks to a handful of votes in Croydon North, McKenzie was back on the … Continue reading

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Barwell clings on to turn the tide for the Tories in Croydon

To borrow a phrase from that giant among Croydon residents, Ronnie Corbett: “And finally…”. WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar and a copy of Computer Weekly, offers his analysis of the local state of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Ashburton, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Purley Pool, Purley Way, Sarah Jones, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Sarah Jones: ‘We’ll come back fighting for people of Croydon’

Sarah Jones has pledged to “come back even stronger next time”, after losing out on her bid to win the Croydon Central seat from Gavin Barwell by just 165 votes in the General Election on Thursday. Jones polled 5,900 votes … Continue reading

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Britain is left a divided nation, Croydon a polarised borough

WALTER CRONXITE pokes through the wreckage left by the 2015 General Election in Croydon, London and the country Balls. Metaphorically, and as far as the former shadow chancellor is concerned, physically. Politically, Croydon today is more polarised than at any … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Peter Staveley, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon faces a long night of election counts and re-counts

After the longest election campaign in British history, with millions spent on red, blue and purple posters, it’s still too close to call. Nationally and, as WALTER CRONXITE reports, here in Croydon’s very own marginal battleground seat Pay your money, … Continue reading

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Tories accused of ‘Nasty Party’ tactics over bogus letters

“We were angry when we received this political letter. It’s got Jenny’s name on it, but it has very little to do with her. She had a serious stroke last year and she’s been housebound for the past few weeks. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Business, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Sanderstead, Sarah Jones, Sylvia MacDonald, Tim Pollard, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Croydon South election hustings, Croydon High, Apr 28

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gill Hickson, Kathleen Garner | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

LibDems accused of bullying blind woman at Clegg rally

Yesterday’s back-firing LibDem rally outside St Helier Hospital has prompted further controversy over allegations that supporters of Nick Clegg acted in an intimidating and bullying manner towards the protestors, including a blind woman. Emily Brothers is Labour’s candidate for Sutton … Continue reading

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Croydon election candidates undergo moving experiences

Someone recently posed the question: “Is Croydon boring?” There’s only one answer to that as far as the General Election candidates for the borough’s three constituencies are concerned. Two too safe seats, one marginal, and not a single colourful candidate … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Heathfield, Jon Bigger, Property, Sanderstead, Shirley, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Desperate Barwell offers endorsements from his employees

As the General Election campaign enters its final month (thank goodness!), WALTER CRONXITE checks out who is actually supporting the MP for the Whitgift Foundation The thing which is becoming increasingly apparent about Gavin Barwell, the “Don’t Mention the Tories” … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Broad Green, Croydon Central, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell MP, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Croydon North election hustings, Selhurst, Apr 14

Selhurst Community Connectors are staging a family-themed Croydon North election hustings on April 14, from 6pm, at the Gingerbread Corner Child Care Centre, Grenaby Avenue, CR0 2EG. Three Croydon North candidates will be taking part: Steve Reed OBE (Labour), Shasha … Continue reading

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Gove joins Barwell’s ‘Don’t mention the Tories’ campaign

At least Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, is consistent in one respect. Barwell has just endured what he described as “a difficult week”, following his starring role on the front page of the Evening Boris for asking … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Nightmare scenario as O’Connell is lined up as London Mayor

It is a nightmare scenario, probably for Tories as much as the rest of Croydon’s residents, and certainly for all Londoners. But greedy Steve O’Connell, at one time the most overpaid local councillor in Britain (© The Daily Wail), could … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Stephen Mann, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Library trust is ‘shellshocked’ at Lambeth’s 60% funding cut

The future of Upper Norwood Library has been thrown into doubt once again, this time after a Labour-run local authority announced its intention to reduce funding by 60 per cent in 2016. Upper Norwood’s library is unique due to its … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Community Association, Education, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP, Transition Town, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tax-payers pay £5.8m for councillors’ job creation scheme

Political patronage on the rates has reached ridiculous proportions at Croydon Town Hall, reports WALTER CRONXITE Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, parliamentary elder statesmen and former Foreign Secretaries, are clearly not as sharp as they would have liked us … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shapps sends an SOS for Barwell: Save Our Salaries

HAS GAV GIVEN UP (Part 94): Not so much a straw in the wind. More an entire bale of hay that shows the Conservatives are very worried for the fate of their former Tory HQ wonk, Gavin Barwell, as last … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon streets being paved with gold – or public cash

Next Monday, the council starts work to give the area around East Croydon Station a £5million overhaul. But when all the work is finished, will we be able to say it is money well spent? If the quality of some … Continue reading

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