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WALTER CRONXITE reports on a back-firing Conservative stunt. And Councillor Jason Cummings
The deputy leader of the Croydon Conservatives could be refused any unemployment benefits – because he tried to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership election two years ago.
Jason Cummings lost his cushy tax-payer-funded job as an assistant to an MP when Gavin Barwell lost his Croydon Central seat at the General Election earlier this month.
Barwell’s wafer-thin majority was crushed by “Corbynmania”, a tsunami of enthusiasm for the Labour party’s leader, as Sarah Jones was returned to Parliament as the area’s new MP with a majority of more than 5,500 votes.
Barwell was “lucky” to walk into another well-paid, public sector job within 48 hours, but Cummings could now be on the dole. All of Barwell’s parliamentary and constituency staff were formally out of work come June 9, including Croydon Tories’ other deputy leader, Sara “Book Token” Bashford.
But Cumming’s attempt to sign-up as a £3 supporter in the Labour leadership election in 2015, because he believed that Corbyn would consign Labour to political obscurity, appears to have back-fired, badly. Continue reading
Sarah Jones, the new MP for Croydon Central, has wasted no time in trying to hold the Government to account over its mismanagement of the Southern Rail crisis, as yesterday she tabled five written questions on the subject to Chris Grayling, the somnambulist Tory transport minster.
The best that Tory Chris Philp, an MP since 2015, could offer was some puerile virtue-signalling by tweeting that he was “back on the case of Southern Rail” – suggesting that he had not been “on the case” for his constituent commuters for the past six months.
Because that’s how long it has been since rail expert Chris Gibb submitted his report to the Department for Transport. And that’s how long Grayling and his Whitehall mandarins who effectively control the Southern network have sat on the report and done nothing.
It’s almost as if the Tories were expecting an election and didn’t want any nasty news about how they were shovelling hundreds of millions of tax-payers’ money towards private interests for a rail service that is utterly dysfunctional, but all the while getting the operators, Govia Thameslink, to conduct their political dirty work for them by undermining the rail unions, and potentially customer safety, with the imposition of one-man-operated trains.
Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on the latest twist in the legal battle between the public and the Government
The commuter campaign group ABC – the Association of British Commuters – is to get its day in court at the Royal Courts of Justice against DaFT, the Department for Transport, next week over the shambles that has been the mismanagement of the Southern rail network.
ABC has been seeking a Judicial Review, but their application was dismissed without a hearing, in a letter from a single judge. ABC insisted upon a public permission hearing with a panel of judges, and this has been granted by the court and set for June 29. The hearing will determine whether ABC is allowed to bring its case against DfT over its handling of commuter services through Coulsdon, Purley and East Croydon to Victoria and London Bridge to a Judicial Review.
Summer Dean, one of the campaigners, said: “Our court date will be the most important day yet in our campaign, and seems the only chance any of us have of bringing this never-ending rail crisis to a close.
“Passengers are the only people who still don’t have a voice in this fiasco, and many thousands of them support us in our efforts to reveal the truth behind the DfT’s involvement in Southern Rail.”
An award-winning exhibition is now welcoming visitors in the Whitgift Centre.
“Journey of Hope” is being staged until July 23 by World Vision, the international children’s charity, offering a free interactive experience to learn about some of the most vulnerable children across the globe.
Two life-size huts recreate the family home of Sierra Leonean mother Miatta and her eight-year-old daughter, Ayie.
The first hut depicts the family’s struggles 15 years ago, while the second shows how the family are thriving after working with World Vision. Continue reading