The deadline for entering candidates for May 22’s local elections was 4pm today.
We have reported the key selections from Labour and the Conservatives across the borough over the past year, but only now do we have the complete list of candidates from Croydon’s ever so slightly coy Green Party and from UKIP, which ironically, at a local level, is less than united.
The Greens have a full slate of 70 candidates across the 24 wards (two wards, Fieldway and New Addington, contest just two councillor seats. All others have three to be elected).
UKIP has 42, well up from the 10 candidates put up for your votes the last time there were local elections, in 2010.
As Inside Croydon reported earlier this week, though, with the European elections being staged on the same day, UKIP appears to have a built-in electoral advantage, and if they can deliver on the predicted 27 per cent of the vote in Croydon, as the Sunday Telegraph poll suggested, then they could land three or even four seats at the Town Hall.
That would doubtless keep control in the hands of Mike Fisher’s Tories, who have run Croydon Council since 2008, pushing Council Tax to record levels and building up £1 billion of debt, while managing to spend £140 million on a new council headquarters.
The Green Party’s focus of their efforts appears to be in Croham ward, usually a Tory stronghold, where the local group’s co-leaders, Shasha Khan and Gordon Ross, both experienced campaigners, are standing with Tracey Hague.
The Green Party’s candidate list
Addiscombe: Esther Sutton; Paul Anderson; Joe Hague
Ashburton: Bernice Golberg; Chris Sciberras; Isobel Williams
Bensham Manor: Brendan Walsh; Sam Jones; Victoria Samuel
Broad Green: Nick Barnett; Bimal Mohanan; Pravina Ellis
Coulsdon East: Jay Ginn; Earnest Bullimore; Lucy Farndon
Coulsdon West: Sue Parsons; Tim Watson; Ruud Skipper
Croham: Shasha Khan; Tracey Hague; Gordon Ross
Fairfield: Saima Raza; Tim Eveleigh; Johnny Wharton
Fieldway: Eileen Gale; Jack Groves
Heathfield: Yasmin Halai Carter; Chris Whitrow; Christopher Warner
Kenley: Tom Voute; Ian Dixon; Anneka Dixon King
New Addington: Martin Cousins; Jim Clugston
Norbury: Marie Norfield; Douglas Arrowsmith; Raj Mehta
Purley: Simon Desorgher; Liz Marsden; Marion Warner
Sanderstead: Marc Richards; Stephen Harris; Diane Bindman
Selhurst: Megan Khan; Meike Benzler; Jo Wittams
Selsdon and Ballards: Peter Underwood; Caspar Nell; Amanda Larby
Shirley: Liz Bebington; Andy Bebington; Elaine Garrod
South Norwood: Graham Jones; James Seyforth; Andy Ellis
Thornton Heath: Julie Wade; Stefan Szczelkun; Rachel Kenny
Upper Norwood: Michael Eardley; Les Kenny; Simon Holland
Waddon: Mary Davey; Grace Onions; Martyn Post
West Thornton: David Beall; Barry Buttigieg; Rebecca Parnell
Woodside: Harris Bokhari; Clare Trivedi; Andrew Enebe
UKIP’s finalised candidate list shows that for the first time, they will have a candidate in every ward across the borough.
The leader of the party’s North Croydon and Lambeth branch, Winston McKenzie, is this time taking his chances in Labour-held South Norwood, one of the wards where the Nigel Farage rhetoric of separatism and anti-equal marriage is reckoned by pollsters to have a strong chance of success.
It is unconfirmed, but it is believed to be the first time that serial political candidate McKenzie has managed to stand for the same party at three successive elections.
The UKIP candidates in Ashburton, where former Tory party official and residents’ association activist Robert King is standing, Fieldway and possibly Fairfield wards are reckoned to have the best chances of gaining their party’s first elected councillor at Croydon Town Hall.
It is worth noting that in Selhurst one of UKIP’s candidates is Marianne Bowness, the ex-wife of the former Tory leader of Croydon Council, Peter Bowness, who now sits in the House of Lords for the Conservatives.
And it will be interesting to see how UKIP’s “they’re coming over here from eastern Europe to take your jobs” plays out in Norbury, where one of their candidates is Przemek Skwirczynski, who arrived in Britain from Poland 16 years ago.
UKIP’s candidate list
Addiscombe: Peter Staveley
Ashburton: David Aston; Robert Ball; Robert King
Bensham Manor: Dirk Muller
Broad Green: Peter Kirby; Herman Lyken
Coulsdon East: Alan Smith
Coulsdon West: Danny Fullilove
Croham: Kathleen Garner
Fairfield: Daniel Heaton
Fieldway: William Eastoe
Heathfield: Crispin Williams
Kenley: David John Hooper; Paul Manton; Lynnda Robson
New Addington: Clive Christensen; Christopher Johnson
Norbury: Przemek Skwirczynski; Rachel Hunte
Purley: Georgina Guillem; Laura Stringer
Sanderstead: Claire Smith
Selhurst: Marianne Bowness; Jenefer Parke-Blair
Selsdon and Ballards: John Bailey
Shirley: Andrew Bearchell; Eamon Connolly
South Norwood: Winston McKenzie; Annette Reid; Barry Slayford
Thornton Heath: Emmanuel Ehirim; Anne-Michelle Gardner
Upper Norwood: Marlyn Jeffrey; Sandra Rose Ward; Anthony Stephen Ward
Waddon: Kevin Adamson; Jonathan Bailey; Graham Rix
West Thornton: Marjorie Bissick; William Thomas
Woodside: Ace Nnorom
Croydon Council says that it will publish the names of all candidates across all wards at 4pm tomorrow, and that it will post the full lists online “as soon as practicable”, which could mean May 23.
Recent Inside Croydon election coverage:
- Telegraph poll suggests UKIP poised to win Town Hall seats
- Tea-time leaflet leaves Easter egg over faces of Waddon Tories
- Council spends £200,000 on drop kerbs in flood-risk area
- Tories pick ‘Osland of the Yard’ to stand in Thornton Heath
- Newman struggles to get Labour singing from the same songsheet
- What Barwell fails to tell you and the myths of Council Tax
- Council allowances and local politicians’ secret consensus
Coming to Croydon
- Private Peaceful, Charles Cryer Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Alison, A Rock Opera, Spread Eagle Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Shabden Park Farm Lambing Open Day, Apr 26
- Stop The Incinerator Beer and Bingo fund-raiser, Apr 28
- Future of Crystal Palace debate, Apr 30
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 30
- David Lean Cinema: The Railway Man, May 1
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, May 1
- Hauntology – the architecture of Croydon, Apr 5-May 2
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, May 4
- Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce Question Time, May 7
- David Lean Cinema: Wadja, May 8
- Coulsdon Euro election hustings, May 8
- David Lean Cinema: Blue Velvet, May 10
- Norwood Society Talk: West Norwood – a place of change, May 15
- David Lean Cinema: The Invisible Woman, May 15
- Coulsdon West local election hustings, May 16
- Croydon RFC charity memorial day, May 17
- Coulsdon East local election hustings, May 19 (confirmed)
- David Lean Cinema: The Rocket, May 22
- David Lean Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club, May 29
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, June 15
- Norwood Society Talk: The Concrete Church, June 19
- Classic Car Show at Purley Rotary Fields, June 22
- Crystal Palace Overground Festival, June 26-29
- South Norwood Allotments open day, June 28
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, Aug 10
- Norwood Society Talk: War Memorials, Sep 18
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
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UKIP won’t do as well in Croydon and other parts of Greater London as they will in the rest of the country. This is partly because of the higher ethnic minority population (44.9% in Croydon as opposed to 14.6% in the country as a whole). Also voters realise that Croydon is a Tory/Labour marginal and UKIP is split in the borough.
However UKIP are on a roll and will undoubtedly garner a sizeable vote. It is important for those of us who oppose them to point out how right-wing their policies are. For example Addiscombe UKIP candidate Peter Staveley has called for no more house building in Croydon – a policy which would make the already serious housing crisis in Croydon even worse.