Tag Archives: Richard Ottaway

Snubbed! Tricky Dicky Ottaway misses out on the Lords

Purley and Coulsdon have been snubbed. And so has Bletchingley. “Sir” Richard Ottaway, for 23 years the disinterested MP for Croydon South, has been left out of the latest batch of peerages doled out by Tory Prime Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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Taxing questions on business for Philp the parachutist

Whatever the outcome, tomorrow’s General Election will be an historic one in Croydon South, where for the first time in 23 years, its MP will not be Richard Ottaway. And good riddance, we can sense many muttering – including many … Continue reading

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Things are still spinning entering final week of campaign

Bob Dylan, John Cleese and Glenda Jackson’s son having an orgasm (not a pretty thought): JOHN BRAGGINS takes a more careful look at what some pollsters and pundits have been passing off as fact as we enter the final week … Continue reading

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Father gets council to promise refund of lesson charges

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, reports on a Croydon Council U-turn over its unlawful charges of £3,500 per year to some parents of children at state primary schools A campaigning parent is claiming victory over local authority bureaucracy after Croydon … Continue reading

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Time to make housing a voting issue, one brick at a time

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council’s “MasterPlan” for housing is a political joke, says DAVID CALLAM The housing MasterPlan would be funny if it wasn’t so serious for so many families who can never afford the fairytale prices being demanded by property … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, David Callam, Housing, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Goodbye and good riddance: Ottaway sails off into the sunset

So, farewell then Tricky Dicky Ottaway. You won’t be missed. With the end of this session of Parliament, “Sir” Richard Ottaway is no longer the MP for Croydon South. He will be sailing off into the sunset; quite literally, apparently. … Continue reading

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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

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Council meeting goes through the motions as a costly joke

WALTER CRONXITE, our man watching the webcast with a Yorkie bar and  a cup of strong black coffee, calls for another reform of Croydon Council: scrap meetings of the full council. They’re a complete waste of time and public money, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Kenley, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Purley, Purley Pool, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon needs a comedy candidate: Run, Jonny! Run!

Yesterday’s announcement that The Pub Landlord is to stand as a candidate in the General Election in South Thanet, wherever that might be, was satire of the highest calibre, worthy of Beyond the Fringe or Private Eye. But it also … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Business, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon 8/8, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Jon Bigger, Mario Creatura, Purley, Purley Pool, Richard Ottaway MP, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

That Was The Year That Was: Readers pick their favourites

Our second bite at a review of the year (also know as “driving traffic with links to previous articles”) hands over the editorial choices to our loyal reader from all parts of our borough, and beyond. We approached a random … Continue reading

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Council backs developers to allow Croham flat conversions

Inside Croydon Towers received the following letter in its bulging sack of mail this week. It is a damning account of how Croydon Council’s attitude to planning protection is affecting residents’ lives adversely I moved from Wallington to Croydon in … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croham, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, Planning, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

No evidence that Boris’s flyover will improve traffic flow

Croydon and Sutton residents whose Croydon Road and Duppas Hill homes, businesses and public park could be under threat from Boris Johnson’s multi-million-pound proposal to build a flyover to the Croydon Flyover may struggle to get any support from their … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Darren Johnson, Environment, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Barwell’s bash offers Westfield influence for 400 quid

This is exactly the sort of story you can really dine out on. Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for the Whitgift Foundation, is offering access and influence – “the inside track” no less – with  Westfield, the company behind the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

All three Croydon MPs vote against greater accountability

ALL IN THIS TOGETHER (Part 94): What’s the difference between Progress MP Steve Reed OBE and the Tories’ arch-expenses-claimer “Sir” Tricky Dicky Ottaway? Not a lot when it comes to their respective positions on accountability to their constituents, if a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How millionaire Philp is using the hierachy of capitalism

JON BIGGER, pictured, on besmirching, Thatcherism and how his Croydon South general election rival is blatantly electioneering Last week, I wrote about what I, and others it seems, have seen as blatant electioneering by Chris Philp, the Conservative parliamentary candidate … Continue reading

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Ottaway milked MPs’ pay system for £250,000 last year

Conservative MP Richard Ottaway has hit the parliamentary jackpot again. According to the latest official figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, or IPSA, in the financial year to May 2014, Tricky Dicky cost the taxpayer the grand total of: … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Royal Mail plans will leave Coulsdon cut-off from collections

The people of Coulsdon may well have abandoned thoughts of cutting themselves off from local authorities in Greater London, and Croydon, but now Royal Mail is going to do it for them, isolating the area by reducing its postal collection … 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 MP, 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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