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CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our mole in the local Conservative Association’s headquarters in Purley cannot be identified – they don’t wish to risk being seated on top of the local Rotarians bonfire next week. But they have been very impressed by the … Continue reading
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
Just how desperate are things for the Conservatives in Croydon?
Richard Ottaway may well be a Croydon South MP in the Sir William Clark tradition of a studied remoteness from local constituency concerns, but the Tory veteran will come into his own tomorrow when the House of Commons is recalled … Continue reading
Lord Bletchingley has spoken. The MP for Croydon South is usually far too busy to deal with matters affecting Croydon as a whole, what with his role at Westminster on the foreign affairs committee, filling in his expenses claims or, … Continue reading
Jane Avis, a senior councillor within Labour’s group at Croydon Town Hall, is the latest to put her name forward as a potential candidate to run for parliament in Croydon Central in 2015. Avis and local activist Hamida Ali submitted … Continue reading
The splits in the Conservative party over Europe, so widely reported nationally, are even apparent between two of Croydon’s MPs, reports ANDREW PELLING With UKIP polling as high as 20 per cent in opinion polls this week, Croydon’s Conservative MPs … Continue reading
Readers of a nervous disposition should look away now. The following article contains flashing lights and some robust English language and may not be suitable for those under the age of about 12. Or Michael Gove. If further proof were … Continue reading
The sham “consultation” over the future of Roke Primary in Kenley, in which Michael Gove, the education secretary, wants to hand over the public property of a recently built, high-achieving school, to a Conservative party donor, ended on Friday. The Save … Continue reading
Inside Croydon has obtained an email sent from a Croydon councillor to a leading firm in the building industry, seeking work based on their “planning expertise” at a time when the councillor was serving on the Town Hall’s planning committees. … Continue reading
Parents, governors and staff at Roke Primary were left “shattered” last week, after the local MP, Richard Ottaway, passed on to them a letter he had received from Lord Nash, the under-secretary at the Department for Education. Nash’s letter runs … Continue reading
Two former Mayors of Croydon, Pat Hecks and Derek Millard, have died.
Romantic lot, Croydon Tories… Inside Croydon has reported on Ian Parker in the past. The local councillor for Coulsdon West doubles up as a Conservative party election agent – he was the fall-guy with a High Court judge when both … Continue reading
Roke Primary is not “a failing” or under-performing school, yet Michael Gove, the Education minister, is about to hand over this publicly owned asset to a carpet salesman to run as an “academy”. No consultation, no mandate, and no agreement … Continue reading
Croydon’s three Members of Parliament will today all vote in favour of gay marriage, despite absolute opposition from, in one case, his church and in the case of both Conservatives, several local Tory party members. Inside Croydon understands that the … Continue reading