Corbyn: ‘There’s a state of emergency in our local services’

jeremy-corbynToday, JEREMY CORBYN, pictured right, the Labour leader, delivered a speech to his party’s local government conference in Coventry.

This is the script of that speech, that we reproduce here largely because it probably won’t be published or broadcast much elsewhere, and so to give our loyal reader an opportunity to see the important message it contains, and to compare it to the record of the Tory government and, in the case of Gavin “Not In My Back Yard” Barwell and Chris “chocolate teapot” Philp, your MPs’ record

As someone who was a Labour councillor for several years it’s always a great pleasure to be among so many talented, innovative and hard-working local representatives standing up for their communities.

And on behalf of the whole Labour party I want to say thank you for what you do in the most difficult circumstances.

Because we meet at a time when there is now a state of emergency in our local services.

That emergency is perhaps most acute in social care an absolute scandal that leaves 1.2million elderly people without the care they need. Continue reading

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Win a £22,000 Lexus at Mayor’s charity golf day, Mar 29

You could win yourself a new car at the Mayor of Croydon’s charity golf day next month. All you have to do is hit a hole in one.

4th-hole-farleighComing towards the end of Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor’s year in office as Mayor of Croydon, he is obviously keen to raise as much money for his nominated causes, British Homes, Croydon Commitment and Stanley Halls.

And sponsorship from Lexus Croydon means that the event, being held at Farleigh Golf Club on March 29, can offer one of the car manufacturers’ latest hybrid models as a special prize for the first person (like they’re expecting there to be more than one) to hit a hole in one on one of the course’s red holes. Continue reading

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Help beat cancer by signing up for Race for Life 2017

The women of Croydon are being asked to sign up for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2017, to be staged in Lloyd Park on July 9.


Croydon’s Race for Life in Lloyd Park is the biggest running event in the borough each year

Money raised by women racing, running, jogging or walking the 5km or 10km events will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save more lives.

“Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women to set themselves a new and exciting challenge for 2017,” said Sarah Parker, Cancer Research UK’s Croydon event manager.

“Race for Life events are non-competitive and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Every step women take will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Continue reading

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Gordon Campbell VC: Croydon remembers naval war hero

gordon-campbell-vcCroydon staged a civic ceremony in the town centre yesterday to commemorate the borough’s only World War I recipient of the Victoria Cross, the nation’s highest award for gallantry.

The date was the centenary of the Atlantic naval action in which Commander Gordon Campbell, VC, won his honour.

Campbell was born in Croydon in 1886.

On February 17, 1917, he was commanding HMS Farnborough in the north Atlantic. Farnborough was a Q Ship, a merchant vessel which had been heavily armed and disguised to deliberately lure into range the U-boats which were causing havoc with allied convoys.

Campbell’s ship was off the coast of Ireland when he spotted an enemy torpedo trail. Altering course, he allowed the torpedo to hit his ship, causing severe damage. When the German submarine surfaced, to close-in for the “kill”, and with the Farnborough lying very low in the water, Gordon gave the order to fire, resulting in the sinking of the U-boat. The Farnborough was taken in tow and safely beached.

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TheSixteen’s choral pilgrimage at Croydon Minster, Jun 15

TheSixteen choral group is performing at Croydon Minster in June.

TheSixteen are coming to Croydon in June. Photo: Simon Jay Price

TheSixteen are coming to Croydon in June. Photo: Simon Jay Price

Their Choral Pilgrimage tour contrasts the music of the “Prince of polyphony” Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, with the great 20th century melodist Francis Poulenc.

Palestrina is the master craftsman whose work composers from all ages have attempted to emulate, while Poulenc’s music always bears a human face and he himself felt he put his best and most authentic side into his choral writing. Continue reading

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Barwell in Crisis: homelessness shelter opens on Surrey Street

Housing minister Gavin Barwell at the opening of a centre to help the growing number of homeless people in Croydon

Housing minister Gavin Barwell at today’s opening of the Crisis centre on Surrey Street, to help the growing number of homeless people in Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE on how the housing minister needs to take proper responsibility for creating demand for a charity shelter in his own constituency

It says something about what Croydon has become that the national homelessness charity has today opened its 11th Crisis Skylight centre on Surrey Street in the town centre.

The centre is in a former furniture store, where the council tried, and failed, to go into the pop-up food business with the Surrey Streatery (at some expense to the public). Now Crisis has use of a large part of the building, which finds itself right at the centre of another council project which appears to want to transform a down-to-earth street market into some sort of gentrified shopping “experience”.

The council is spending £1million to fill Surrey Street with bourgeois coffee shops and “artisan” bread, where Surrey Street’s value-for-money “pound a bowl” cries from stall-holders could be ousted by the call of “pound a croissant”. Continue reading

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Penny’s cheap jibes may not be welcomed in Carshalton

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the colourful political past of a Tory candidate for next year’s council elections

Cameron Penny in an early publicity picture for the local elections. Just what has he blanked out on his computer screen?

Cameron Penny in an early publicity picture for the local elections. Just what has he blanked out on his computer screen?

There must be local elections coming up, because some very peculiar wannabe councillors are beginning to crawl out of the woodwork ahead of the May 2018 Town Hall votes. In the case of one young Tory candidate, they are even demanding that the government uses anti-terror laws to stop the strikes on the railways.

Over in Sutton, where the Conservatives are the party of seemingly permanent opposition on the council, a recently created Twitter account has heralded the arrival of a candidate for the FibDem-held ward of Carshalton Central: Cameron David Alexander Penny.

Despite the obvious handicap in politics of those toxic first two names (in whatever order), Penny is obviously determined to raise his visibility within his newly found “home” borough. So he has quickly launched a campaign regarding a small patch of uneven tarmac on Westmead Road, located barely 10 metres inside the boundary of the ward he intends to contest next year.  Continue reading

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