After campaign criticism, Labour’s organiser passes the Buck

Thursday’s Euro election results are expected tonight, but in Croydon Labour the party in-fighting has already begun, as WALTER CRONXITE reports

Recriminations and faction fighting has broken into public among the Croydon Labour Party even before the votes have been counted today for the European elections.

Inevitably, at the centre of a simmering row is Jack Buck, the full-time “professional”, self-described “borough organiser”, employed by Tony Newman and the Labour group.

Buck, a prominent member of Momentum and an elected councillor in Southwark, has launched an attack on Seb Dance, the No2 on Labour’s list in London for the European Parliament, and likely to be returned to Strasbourg as a result of Thursday’s vote. Continue reading

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TfL’s Crossrail debts seem certain to shunt Sutton tram link

All prospect of City Hall or the government stumping up the £330million-plus needed to build an extension to the Croydon tram network appears to have vanished. Finance reports released last week by Transport for London show that further delays to Crossrail have gobbled up the budget to the point where TfL admit to having “maxed out” on borrowing, forcing the postponement of a series of infrastructure projects throughout the capital.

It seems unlikely that the tram will be arriving in Sutton any time soon

The tram network, operating over 26 miles of track from Beckenham to Wimbledon across south London, has been a welcome addition to public transport provision since it opened in 2000. But after 20 years of steady growth in passenger numbers, the trams are still awaiting the first significant extension to the network.

Boris Johnson failed to deliver an already costed and funded tram extension from Croydon to Crystal Palace when he was London Mayor, despite promising the scheme in three election campaigns.

And a more recently proposed tram extension scheme, intended to connect Wimbledon and Merton through to Sutton, now appears dead in the water because of lack of available investment money, as Crossrail – the £17.6billion Elizabeth Line – sucks up resources through its two-year delay. Continue reading

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New Addington Parade of Nations, Central Parade, Jun 1

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Big Lunch Picnic in Addiscombe Railway Park, Jun 2

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Wallington Music Festival, various venues, Jun 15

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Save Shirley Library: MP Jones steps in with her own survey

Sarah Jones, the Labour MP for Croydon Central, has launched an online survey as part of a campaign to resist the Labour-controlled council’s proposals to close or move Shirley Library.

Shirley Library is one of the branches which consultants suggest could be axed

Shirley is one of four public libraries earmarked for relocation or closure in a set of cost-cutting measures recommended by consultants commissioned by Tony Newman’s council.

Other “branch libraries” facing the axe or being moved or “redeveloped” under the consultants’ recommendations include Sanderstead, Bradmore Green and Coulsdon.

The MP’s survey is the latest signal of Jones’s rejection of the closure threat to Shirley Library, in her constituency. Having won the parliamentary seat from the Tories in 2017, Jones is clearly keen to avoid handing such an obvious political advantage to the Conservatives. Continue reading

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Crunching the numbers behind Candy Crush, TMRW Hub, Jun 5

If you’ve ever played Candy Crush, then you’ll be familiar with King.com, the company behind the best-selling game.

On June 5, King.com’s Stephane Kurgan, one of the giants in the gaming industry, will be giving a talk on the challenges of super-scaling a business.

Kurgan joined the company as chief operating officer when King.com was launching its first Facebook titles. He was part of the team that grew King to become the largest mobile game developer in the west, then took it public on the New York Stock Exchange. Industry estimates suggest that the company is making $230million per year.

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