Boris Johnson fanboy and former Downing Street aide to Theresa May is trying to clean up his act ahead of parliamentary selections
Tory councillor Mario Creatura, for many years the “gobby factotum” to Gavin Barwell when he was a Conservative MP and later when they worked in Downing Street, looks like he’s preparing to quit Croydon altogether.
After more than two-and-a-half years, Boris Johnson fanboy Creatura has finally removed from his Twitter account his “pinned” tweet that commemorated how, in December 2019 when the Tories were sweeping all before them as their party leader conned huge swathes of the country over Brexit, he was an abject failure as a parliamentary candidate, unable to win back Croydon Central for the Tories.
Creatura’s pinned tweet included an image of him smarming up to Johnson – something which even in the Conservative Party no longer carries the positive connotations that the Coulsdon Town councillor might have once imagined.
Croydon Tory insiders suggest that Creatura has wiped Johnson off the top of his Twitter account to avoid any unwanted negative associations, as the Westminster wannabe gets himself ready to appeal to local party members when they get round to selecting their parliamentary candidates.
But that won’t be in Croydon.
Croydon Tories still blame Creatura for not only failing to win back Croydon Central, but also for the electoral disaster suffered a month earlier, in November 2019, after he drafted in the crooked cult church, SPAC Nation, installing one of their young pastors as a candidate in the Fairfield council ward by-election.
Overnight, Creatura’s parliamentary campaign came unstuck, too, as he immediately lost the dozens of willing leaflet-deliverers he had got on-side from SPAC Nation.
On Blo-Jo’s big election day, Labour’s Sarah Jones polled more than 50per cent of the vote in the hitherto marginal constituency of Croydon Central, as Creatura’s candidacy saw a 3per cent swing against the Conservatives.
The former rising star of Croydon Conservatives has spent the last couple of years being given the non-job at the Town Hall as Jason Perry’s chief whip, the equivalent of being told to sit on the naughty step, and not to be trusted with any of the cabinet briefs.
Because of boundary changes expected to be confirmed next year, Croydon seems likely to get a fourth parliamentary seat (the borough will “acquire” bits of election territory from neighbouring authorities in the re-jig). But it seems Creatura won’t be seeking selection to contest any of them.
Last night, Creatura was alongside Mayor Perry at the first “in-person” annual meeting since 2019 of the Coulsdon West Residents’ Association. A Coulsdon councillor since 2014, Creatura has never actually lived in the area he has represented.
And now he has his three-bedroom detached family house in Addiscombe up for sale (for a cool £725,000).
Any move out of Croydon should not affect his status as a Town Hall councillor, unless or until he chooses to stand down.
More likely, Creatura will see through the four-year term collecting his £23,813.80 per year “special” allowances, to supplement the no-doubt generous salary he gets as a director at Dentons Global Advisors – “an independent strategic advisory firm that provides integrated, multidisciplinary counsel and support for clients facing complex challenges that span legal, reputational, financial, geopolitical, regulatory and governance dimensions”, since you ask.
The smart money is that Creatura is sniffing around the safe Tory territory of Reigate, where veteran MP Crispin Blunt announced in May that he would be standing down at the next General Election.
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