Watch out Croydon, here comes Boris!

Croydon’s central role in the London election landscape is demonstrated again by Boris Johnson’s question and no-answer session to be held in the borough this Tuesday.

Boris on the warpath: Mayor Johnson's in Croydon on Tuesday

London Mayor Johnson seems to use Croydon as his default location whenever crime is on his agenda (remember his photo-op at West Croydon six months ago with Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and a knife arch?), and youth crime will be his chosen theme at this controlled-access question time event on December 14.

Croydon’s will be the first of seven “community conversations” to be staged around the capital.

The event will last for two hours, and (it says here) “will include a question and answer session with Johnson, representatives of the Greater London Authority and community figureheads”. After the Q&As, there will be workshops where the audience will break off into groups to discuss their ideas.

City Hall says that Johnson will be seeking volunteers for his new mentoring programme, which aims to sign up 1,000 black men across London to mentor boys “going off the rails” (a phrase that has the antique ring of the lower school refectory at Eton).

With registration from 5.30pm, the event is due to start at 6.30pm at Croydon Voluntary Action Resource Centre, 82 London Road.

To book your place, call 020 7983 4100 or visit

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