Creatura bet his house on Banstead and didn’t make shortlist

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on the knock-back to a Tory councillor that could prove to be terminal to his huge political ambition

‘Local’ family man: Mario Creatura put his wife and children in the picture in an effort to further his desperate political ambition

Mario Creatura, the former parliamentary gobby factotum to Gavin Barwell, has been thwarted again in his desperate ambition to become an MP.

The Coulsdon Town councillor literally bet the house, his house, in an attempt to be selected as the parliamentary candidate for the ubersafe Tory seat of Reigate and Banstead.

But as Inside Croydon can reveal exclusively, Creatura’s one-man campaign of fawning and scraping to ingratiate himself with the members of the local Conservative Association in the Surrey stockbroker belt has all come to nothing.

In fact, in a humiliating rejection, Creatura did not even make the short-list of four ahead of today’s special selection meeting, where Reigate councillor Rebecca Paul was handed the plum task of inheriting the retiring MP Crispin Blunt’s 18,000 majority.

Oh, how Creatura craved such a potentially life-long sinecure to satisfy his personal ambitions.

‘Coulsdon’ councillor: Creatura’s focus appears to have been elsewhere – Reigate – according to his website’s content

But after he made such a lash-up of trying to win back his former boss’s old seat of Croydon Central in 2019 – when Sarah Jones increased her majority, after Creatura had done a nasty little deal with the SPAC Nation cult church – it seems that the sometime Downing Street SPAD is regarded as politically toxic in Surrey as well as south London.

Ever since May 2022, when Blunt announced his retirement from Parliament, Creatura has been “on manoeuvres”, setting up a self-promotion website underlining what he perceives to be his skills, abilities and talents. The site is full of self-regarding selfies of Creatura on the very nicely swept streets of Reigate, and Banstead, delivering various leaflets in the Conservative cause.

After making so much of his absolute dedication to Croydon when seeking people’s votes in 2019, Creatura has spent the past year pledging his absolute dedication to Reigate. And Banstead.

So much so that he even sold up his £700,000 home in Addiscombe and bought a house in Banstead, demonstrating his firm commitment to his quest.

‘Coulsdon’ councillor: Creatura has often featured front and centre in Reigate Tory campaigning. For all the good it did him

And all for… nothing.

It also now creates a bit of a problem once the Tory selections in Croydon for councillor candidates, or even mayoral candidates, for 2026 come round.

Because as things stand now, Creatura has disqualified himself from standing for election in Croydon, as he has neither a home in the borough, nor owns a business here.

Jason Perry, the leader of the Tories on Croydon Council, clearly doesn’t rate Creatura very highly, having sacked him from a council shadow cabinet position to the less-demanding task of Tory chief whip…

Colleagues at the Town Hall suggested that Creatura wasn’t even up to that job. “Mario is ‘WINO’,” one confided to Inside Croydon earlier this year. “Whip In Name Only. Given he’s never here.”

It all means that for the hard-pressed residents of Coulsdon Town, there could be an intriguing couple of years ahead, as their councillor from Banstead comes to terms with what could be a terminal change of fortune in his political career.

Inside Croydon did contact erstwhile parliamentary candidate Creatura for a comment on his plight. He did not respond.

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5 Responses to Creatura bet his house on Banstead and didn’t make shortlist

  1. All those selfies in the rain, all that brown-nosing and driving enough mileage around the country in support of other Tory candidates to take him to the moon and back, and for what? Nothing.

    Mario’s problem is that, as far as the Surrey set are concerned, he didn’t go to the right school and he hasn’t got the tie and the connections that come with it. While narcissism is acceptable in the Tories if you’re a rich toff with a plummy voice, like Boris and Really-Smug, it’s not if you’re seen as a Croydon pleb on the make.

    What now for Mario? Will he settle for becoming a councillor in Reigate & Banstead, or will he come crawling back to Croydon South to get the political position he thinks he so richly deserves? It would be easy to get a part-time job of convenience in his wife’s family business in Purley to meet the employment criterion, and Chris Philp isn’t going to be around for ever

    • derekthrower says:

      Creatura has undoubtedly been a political operator of enormous energy and gregariousness in building up a contact book and connections in his role as a Public Relations man. Who cannot forget his appearance in the Johnson photograph with the homeless man outside the Whitgift Centre subway. Creatura as a politician has now effectively ended up here with the poor quality of his political calculations and decision making.

  2. Ken Towl says:

    Two words: Ha ha.

  3. Ben Draper says:

    Mario made one huge mistake.

    He thought social media was the way to get himself known and liked. The problem with social media is it quickly turns toxic, nobody is safe.

    Had Mario stayed cool, avoided social media and elegantly appeared at the selection Justin’s with no toxic social media background he might have got the crown. Free advice. My company would normally charge upwards of £120,000 for this.

  4. Kevin Croucher says:

    I suppose I should be feeling a little bit sorry for someone with a young family who is seeing his dreams turn to dust. But I really can’t

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