Category Archives: 2015 General Election

Greens in Croydon are ready in case of Brexit snap election

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on some behind-the-scenes preparations for a General Election (yes, another one) Speculation continues to mount over whether Prime Minister Theresa Mayhem can get her Brexit plan through Parliament, and at least one of the local political … Continue reading

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Police drop investigation into MP Barwell’s election expenses

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the forces of law and order have decided not to investigate a government minister It seems that the police haven’t bothered to read Gavin Barwell’s election memoir. They will not be unique in that respect, … Continue reading

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No prison bars likely for Barwell, according to legal expert

Even if Gavin Barwell is found guilty of failing to account properly for his expenses at last year’s General Election, the MP for Croydon Central faces no greater sanction than a £20,000 fine for each offence, and there’s little possibility … Continue reading

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MP Barwell tries to claim election office cost just £1.84 per day

Tory MP Gavin Barwell, who won the Croydon Central parliamentary seat last May by just 165 votes, has tried to meet strict election spending limits by submitting that his campaign office cost only £1.84 a day. The Daily Mirror is … Continue reading

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Police receive complaint over MP Barwell’s election expenses

Gavin Barwell is the subject of a formal complaint to the police which asks them to investigate whether the Croydon Central Tory MP broke the law by under-declaring his campaign spending at last year’s General Election. Barwell has form in … Continue reading

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Barwell’s forgotten campaign boost from Tory Road Trip

STEVEN DOWNES reports on how Gavin Barwell’s account of his election victory last year somehow managed to overlook the day when a Cabinet minister and more than 100 Tory activists visited the borough to help him Is this a picture … Continue reading

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Croydon MPs’ declarations of interest 2015: Steve Reed OBE

Here’s the official December 2015 update of the declarations of interest from the MP for Croydon North/Lambeth South (delete to taste). A grand total of: £10,080 This is for the period since May’s General Election. There doesn’t appear to have … Continue reading

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Is this the election real life? Is this just MP Barwell’s fantasy?

WALTER CRONXITE reviews “the world’s longest job application”, the Croydon Central MP’s account of the 2015 General Election campaign If anyone needed further evidence that self-serving career politicians are only in it for themselves, then Gavin Barwell’s How To Win … Continue reading

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165 votes: A campaigner’s guide to scraping to success

It’s the publishing event of the year, at least in one household in Sanderstead. GAVIN BARWELL’s first book – How To Win A Marginal Seat – is published this Thursday. Here is an exclusive extract in which the Croydon Central … Continue reading

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MP Barwell’s links to figure at centre of Tory expenses scandal

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how a letter which may have clinched re-election for Croydon’s highest profile MP might yet become another embarrassment for gaffe-prone Gav* A book by Conservative MP Gavin Barwell due to be published next week about how … Continue reading

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Philp takes political gamble and backs Cameron over Europe

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the slow thought process that has led to Croydon South’s MP opting to back the European Referendum winner We’ve all seen those Ray Winstone gambling ads on telly, where we’re invited to “cash ahhtt” on a … Continue reading

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Barwell campaigns with group implicated in Tory scandal

The Conservative Party’s investigation has barely begun into what has become known as the “Tatler Tory” scandal, which has involved serious accusations of misuse of personal data, allegations of sexual harassment during campaigns, attempted blackmail of a Government minister and … Continue reading

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Ex-UKIP candidate joined Tories after making ‘nuke ISIS’ call

Przemek Skwirczynski, the former UKIP election candidate who has also stood alongside a far-right Holocaust denier in Poland, has been welcomed back into the Conservative Party despite Islamophobic and other extreme views which have even seen him call for western … Continue reading

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Ex-UKIP candidate calls for vigilantes to wipe out ‘vermin’

A member of the Conservative Party, who was a General Election candidate in a south London constituency just six months ago, has called for mass vigilantism across Europe and for people to take up firearms and “pre-emptively cleanse the UK … Continue reading

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Fisher’s suspension lifted but the Progress purge continues

The Labour Party this afternoon announced that it had lifted the suspension on Andrew Fisher, the socialist author and party member from Croydon who has been appointed as policy adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader. The decision is likely … Continue reading

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Winston McKenzie quits UKIP, accuses them of racism

Where will he wash-up next? Winston McKenzie today announced that he has resigned from UKIP because he has been subjected to racism by the party, after they declined to select him as their candidate to run for London Mayor. McKenzie … Continue reading

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Benn’s attempt at Labour purge highlights support for WEP

STEVEN DOWNES reports on how the Labour  parliamentary candidate in Croydon South has been breaking party rules by supporting political rivals Efforts by the Progress wing of the Lambeth South/Croydon Labour Party to de-stabilise Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership team could stumble … Continue reading

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Sutton LibDems move to expel Mattey the whistle-blower

The “Liberal” “Democrats” have moved to expel from their party an elected south London councillor who has dared to speak up on behalf of the residents he represents over the issue of air pollution and the construction of a vast … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission provides Blue Labour with opportunity

The consequences of the General Election result continue to roll out. Such as: What does Croydon’s Labour-run council do with its very Ed Miliband-esque Fairness and Opportunity Commission? “Fairness” is so redolent of the Milband era, it appears that Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Mail’s sex and scandals story has Tory MP Barwell “arrested”

UPDATED 5,45pm: There’s one thing which Gavin Barwell, no longer the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, may do with the right-wing Daily Mail which he has never been able to do to this website: sue them. The Conservative MP for … Continue reading

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Winston McKenzie’s latest rant does UKIP leader no good

Poor old Winston McKenzie, Croydon’s UKIP “Chump”. He really doesn’t get it, does he? Barely a week after he held on to his General Election deposit thanks to a handful of votes in Croydon North, McKenzie was back on the … Continue reading

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Barwell clings on to turn the tide for the Tories in Croydon

To borrow a phrase from that giant among Croydon residents, Ronnie Corbett: “And finally…”. WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar and a copy of Computer Weekly, offers his analysis of the local state of … Continue reading

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How can abolishing the Bedroom Tax be called ‘too left-wing’?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Trades unionist BOB HEWLETT suggests that blame for his party’s defeat in the General Election is being placed too conveniently on one or two individuals Well, well, well. Summer has not even arrived but already hairy old chestnuts … Continue reading

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Four million conversations: but what was their message?

JOHN BRAGGINS, pictured left, strips away some of the data to show that Tory MP Gavin Barwell had one of the biggest vote swings against him in the whole of London in last week’s General Election The headlines from Croydon … Continue reading

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Sarah Jones: ‘We’ll come back fighting for people of Croydon’

Sarah Jones has pledged to “come back even stronger next time”, after losing out on her bid to win the Croydon Central seat from Gavin Barwell by just 165 votes in the General Election on Thursday. Jones polled 5,900 votes … Continue reading

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