Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, is lobbying the justice minister, Liz Truss, today.
Philp is not doing so on behalf of his constituents in Croydon.
Croydon South MP Chris Philp: lobbying for insurers
He’s taking time out of his busy schedule and using an opportunity to meet a cabinet minister on behalf of … the Association of British Insurers.
Much in the same way that Philp took time last week to speak to a meeting of… the Association of British Insurers.
Why? He says because he’s been pestered with cold calls from firms who want to encourage him to commit a form of fraud by making an insurance claim for whiplash injuries which he may, or may not, have suffered in a recent accident.
The Association of British Insurers want a change in the law because all the small claims they receive from their customers, many after generally minor traffic accidents, have been chipping away at their otherwise humongous profits. Continue reading
Inside Croydon‘s report about the threat of closure of two long-standing shops in South Norwood has seen concerned residents set up a petition calling on Croydon Council to drop its 1,700 per cent increase in street trading licensing fees.
Sam Patel and his greengrocers in South Norwood. He may be forced to shut up shop as a result of the council’s licence fees
Emerton’s the Ironmongers, on Station Road, and Clock Tower Fruit and Veg have both been served with licence fee demands from the Labour-controlled council of £1,500 – up from £90 or less just two years ago.
More than 200 people have signed the petition since it was set up on Change.Org on Friday evening. As well as a withdrawal of punitive levels of licensing fees, the residents’ petition also calls for a moratorium on the conversion of houses and over-shop premises into too-small, ill-serviced flats.
“We live locally and are desperate to see our community thrive and are motivated by a deep affection for our local streets,” said one of the petition organisers. “We are concerned that many properties in this area that were once busy shops, are now lying empty, in disrepair and being converted into flats. Continue reading
The 1896 FA Cup final at Crystal Palace, when Fred Spiksley scored a goal within 20sec
One of the great sporting heroes of Victorian England was put in charge of a new football club which threatened to eclipse local rivals Crystal Palace. MARK METCALF, the co-author of a new book, explains how Fred Spiksley came to south London
Fred Spiksley played for Sheffield Wednesday and England between 1891 and 1903 before, in 1905, becoming the secretary-manager of the Southern United Athletic Company Limited. Southern United’s owners believed that with half a million residents in south-east London, there would be enough fans locally to build a financially successful football club.
The owners also hoped that by having a national sporting hero in charge of their team, Southern would be an immediate success. Continue reading