WALTER CRONXITE says there were plenty of Croydon mentions at the Labour conference, but few signs that the local party leadership is about the embrace enthusiasm for the leadership any time soon
As Croydon’s Labour politicians and activists return for their party’s annual conference in Liverpool, it seems likely that few, if any, took the time to go outside the security cordon to visit the Momentum event, “The World Transformed”.
Certainly, Labour’s Croydon councillors and MP have not been won over by party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ever-growing popularity among the membership.
Only three of Croydon’s 39 Labour councillors – Jane Avis (councillor for South Norwood), Karen Jewitt (Thornton Heath) and Andrew Pelling (Waddon) – have dared to speak openly of voting for Corbyn, who retained the leadership with 62 per cent of the vote. In two of Croydon’s Constituency Labour Parties, Central and North, the members overwhelmingly endorsed Corbyn, despite opposition from the MP, erstwhile Progress vice-chair Steve Reed OBE, and the apparent indifference of their local councillors.
Meanwhile, there appears to be no danger that Tony Newman, the council leader, will end his run of backing losers. Continue reading