Candidate Philp features in Coulsdon debate with Pelling

The Coulsdon and Purley Debating Society begins its 2014 programme on Monday evening by pitching Chris Philp, the newly selected Conservative parliamentary candidate for Croydon South, against Andrew Pelling, the former Tory and Independent MP for Croydon Central who is standing for Labour in May’s local council elections.

Chris Philp: A debut public appearance in Croydon South, where there are no longer any police stations

Chris Philp: A debut public appearance in Croydon South, where there are no longer any police stations

The debate will allow residents – and you don’t need to be from Purley or Coulsdon to attend – to see in action for the first time what the Society describes rather presumptively as “our prospective MP” – Philp will inherit a 15,000 majority when he stands in place of one of Britain’s best claimers of expenses, “Sir” Tricky Dicky Ottaway, in Croydon South in 2015.

Philp will propose the motion: “Conservatism: the right direction for Croydon”.

Pelling is a repeat booking for the Coulsdon and Purley debaters, while until his selection late last year, millionaire Tory party donor Philp had previously shown greater interest in seeking election in constituencies in north London.

The showdown takes place on Monday evening, January 6, at the Old Coulsdon Day Centre (Grange Park), Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon at 8pm.

The event is open to everyone and anyone can take part in the debate.


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1 Response to Candidate Philp features in Coulsdon debate with Pelling

  1. David Aston says:

    This just about sums up Andrew Pelling up completely. He now, all of a sudden, stands for the Labour Party in the local elections after politically arguing against them for years, not only in the Council chamber but in Westminster itself. “Mr Croydon” as he likes to be known as, really isn’t a politician at all is he. He just wants power. When the party he’s supported and campaigned for decided he was a “bad egg” he will now wave any flag he wants to get it.

    It’s interesting to ask why the Labour Party didn’t decide to ask Pelling to stand in New Addington? But I suppose even voters in a safe Labour seat like that would stoop low enough to put an “x “in his box come the May election. And who could blame them!

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