Category Archives: 2017 General Election

Croydon Tories are getting ready for snap General Election

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE takes a look ahead into the uncertain territory of the next few months for the borough’s MPs Here’s the bad news for any Croydon residents who might hope that their local councillors would do more than, … Continue reading

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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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Boundary changes put Labour MP Jones’ seat under threat

The parliamentary boundary commissioners have finally issued their proposals for new constituencies, and it is not good news for Croydon’s Labour MPs. WALTER CRONXITE reports Tasked by the Conservative Government under David Cameron (remember him?) to reduce the size of … Continue reading

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Barwell gets his social media bag-carrier a job at No10

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the predictable and inevitable latest piece of Croydon nepotism going on in Downing Street Things are so bad for the interim Prime  Minister Theresa May that she’s sent for help from… Mario Creatura. The Times is … Continue reading

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Stormzy enters the political charts – though not at No1

What does it say about the borough’s MPs and other elected politicians when they fail to make it on to an annual political listical which does manage to include a policy adviser and a grime star? WALTER CRONXITE reports Three … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn: ‘We are now the political mainstream’

CONFERENCE SKETCH: Something has changed in British politics in the past year, and it was palpable at the Labour Party conference. Party veteran DAVID WHITE reports from Brighton Transformed. I think that would be the word to describe the Labour … Continue reading

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New MP Jones challenges Tories to pay for sprinklers

Sarah Jones used her maiden speech to Parliament yesterday to challenge the Tory Government to provide the funds needed to pay for the potentially life-saving fitting of sprinklers in council-run residential tower blocks across the country. Croydon Central’s new MP … Continue reading

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‘It was Jeremy Corbyn who won the election for me’ says Jones

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on some significant shifts in position among some figures in the local Labour Party Sarah Jones, Croydon Central’s new Labour MP, admits that she won the seat from the Tories at last month’s General Election … Continue reading

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‘Disgusted’ councillor accuses Brake’s LibDems of ‘cult’ status

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest break in the ranks in what was once a LibDem single-party state The barely disguised tensions within the Sutton Liberal Democrats were exposed during the General Election campaign, when one of their … Continue reading

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May’s Chief of Staff was the author of his own election obituary

WALTER CRONXITE has drilled down into the election numbers (well, Electoral Calculus has), and come up with some worrying figures for Croydon Tories It wasn’t only Gavin Barwell who got his P45 from his Westminster job last week. And while … Continue reading

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Corbyn policy aide Andrew Fisher: ‘We changed politics’

Andrew Fisher, the former union official from Croydon who has been working as Jeremy Corbyn’s policy adviser for the past two years, says that many of the “political myths” of the 1990s have been laid to rest. “Socialist politics have … Continue reading

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Mayhem in Downing Street: Ex-MP Barwell lands No10 job

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, was taking the weekend off. Then Theresa Mayhem offered a job to a gaffe-prone ex-MP Like a bad penny, Gavin Barwell keeps turning up. Amid the chaos of the aftermath of her General Election “victory” … Continue reading

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VOTE 2017: Live coverage of Croydon’s General Election

INSIDE CROYDON is throwing more resources at covering election night than ever before, with staff and stringers at six different counts across south London. We will be reporting live through the night on the General Election results in Croydon – … Continue reading

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Election 2017: Will it be a horse of a different colour?

ELECTION COMMENTARY: As Croydon goes to the polls today, American politics professor DR BOB BEATTY takes a brief pause to reflect after a frantic week following the various campaigns As a professor of political science at Washburn University in Topeka, … Continue reading

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Change in political weather has made Croydon a ‘must win’

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, takes a last look at the latest opinion polls and what they mean before tomorrow’s polling day There can be no excuses for Labour if they fail to take Croydon Central tomorrow. Labour fell short … Continue reading

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Labour rouse their troops in the rain with a touch of park life

Park Hill Park was the venue last night for by far the biggest election campaign event in Croydon of the 2017 campaign, as Labour staged a rally, one of half a dozen similar events held simultaneously around the country Photographer … Continue reading

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Barwell’s bogus ‘Dear Neighbour’ letters use an old Cons trick

KEN LEE, our politics reporter, has found that the Tory campaign in Croydon Central has been less than truthful, again In the final days of the election campaign, and gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell has resorted to a tried and trusted tactic … Continue reading

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Tory minister Barwell chooses £16,650 private school for son

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a piece of information that Croydon Central’s MP of the past seven years didn’t want you to know A possible reason for gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell’s reluctance to engage with Croydon’s voters over the plight … Continue reading

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Dear Jeremy Corbyn, I have an apology to make. I was wrong

ELECTION COMMENTARY: After two years under near-constant attack not only from the Tories but also from members of his own parliamentary party, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is nearing a true test at the ballot box. And former Tony Blair adviser … Continue reading

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Candidates call for Commission inquiry into Brake’s charity link

The LibDems in Sutton have been having problems with charities lately. After one of their councillors pleaded guilty to siphoning off thousands of pounds from a local charity for the elderly, now election candidates are demanding that a local Muslim … Continue reading

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Philp’s brown-nosing traits seem common among local Tories

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest dodgy leaflet from a Conservative candidate in Croydon, which tries to pass off a motley crew of party hacks as ordinary residents Do politicians take us for fools ? Chris Philp has a leaflet … Continue reading

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If you’re in a safe seat, here’s a way to make your vote count

ELECTION COMMENTARY: In Croydon, two of the three parliamentary seats being contested on Thursday are safe seats with combined majorities of 37,000 votes. Nothing seems likely to change the status quo in Croydon North or Croydon South. But PETER UNDERWOOD, … Continue reading

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Now Barwell refuses to answer questions on Croydon schools

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE reports on the questions on the borough’s schools which Croydon Central’s Tory candidate refuses to answer Tory Gavin Barwell is now so scared of facing Croydon’s teachers, he not only doesn’t show up for a hustings … Continue reading

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Jones: ‘We must stop the £20m budget cuts to our schools’

Gavin Barwell may have been unable to come up with answers to the questions on education of local teachers and parents, but Labour candidate in Croydon Central Sarah Jones did. GENE BRODIE reports Yesterday, Croydon NUT’s secretary, Dave Harvey, emailed … Continue reading

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Splitters! LibDems resort to panic appeal to ‘lend’ votes

KEN LEE reports from another battleground seat, where accusations over a ‘dirty’ campaign have been flying among the bluebottles around the unemptied bins of Sutton It’s all gone a bit Monty Python in the Carshalton and Wallington marginal seat, where … Continue reading

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