“Whatever happened to Mike Fisher?” no one at Inside Croydon Towers has ever asked.
Fisher was the leader of Croydon Conservatives who mismanaged the council for eight years, until he was caught with his hand in the Town Hall cookie jar, giving himself a cheeky little secret pay rise just before the 2014 local elections.
Fisher was already on £53,000 a year in “council allowances”, plus expenses, as council leader, plus a handy £15,000 for a position with the London Fire Authority, when he topped up his bank balance with a £10,000 pay rise from the council that he forgot to make public.
Now relegated to the role of mere back-bencher among the Tory opposition at Croydon Town Hall his latest effort at seeking an additional income stream – to become a £55,000 per year London Assembly Member like his mate Steve O’Connell – has been thwarted.
According to the very handy Vote-UK election forum, Fisher was one of the unsuccessful candidates for Conservative selection to stand in Bexley and Bromley, London Assembly seat which was available because James Cleverly has moved on to bigger and better things at Westminster.
Not for the first time – remember how some of his own council colleagues snubbed the florid-faced one when he tried for selection as parliamentary candidate in Croydon South? – the talents and abilities of the councillor were Shirley ward were rejected, this time in favour of someone called Gareth Bacon. We can’t see him getting an invite to No10 from David Cameron in a hurry…
According to sources in Bromley, the selection committee had never even seen Fisher’s promotional video, either…
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