Under The Flyover Election Special podcast: Simon Sprague

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Ahead of the General Election on December 12, Inside Croydon invited some of the candidates from across the three Croydon parliamentary constituencies to join us at our studios for an Under The Flyover Election Special podcast, where we asked them the questions that you – the reader and supporters of this website – wanted to be asked.

First up was Simon Sprague, the candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Croydon Central.

How Croydon Central voted at the 2017 General Election, courtesy of the BBC

In our interview, Sprague said that “I’m not a politician”, which might seem a little odd since he is standing for Parliament in a General Election, and that he did not believe his party leader, Jo Swinson, when she began the campaign by boasting that she was going to become Prime Minister.

Sprague, as you might expect of a LibDem, is a staunch Remainer. Asked why he was standing in Croydon Central, a marginal seat, when he might divert enough votes from Labour incumbent Sarah Jones to let in the hard Brexit-supporting Tory, he chuntered on about something concerning democracy and choice… Apparently tactical voting, an approach the LibDems embrace when they think it might serve their own political advantage, doesn’t work here.

You have a listen, see if he convinces you…

We wanted to put our readers’ questions to another one of the candidates standing for election, the former Downing Street aide to Theresa May, digital “mastermind” for Gavin Barwell and egregiously ambitious Coulsdon councillor Mario Creatura.
But Creatura did not respond to our invitation.

Not even to apologise for not being making himself available as part of the democratic process to be scrutinised by questions from the only award-winning news outlet based in the borough.

So we recommend that as many of our readers as possible ask Creatura the questions that they want to ask – directly. Email him at: office@mariocreatura.org.uk.

We recommend that you include in your email a clear direction that neither Creatura nor anyone from his team is allowed to add your email address or personal details to any kind of mailing list, and that you should send your questions each as a separate email, including this: “What sort of sorry wet weekend of an MP would you make if you are too afraid to answer a few questions from a local news website?”

All the candidates standing in Croydon Central are listed here:

Listen to the rest of our Under The Flyover Election podcasts:

Olga FitzRoy
Anna Jones
Chris Philp
Peter Underwood


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