Category Archives: 2020 London elections

Council motion defies Tory minister over referendum date

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The Labour group that controls the Town Hall has placed itself on a collision course with the Conservative Government over moves for a directly-elected mayor, reports WALTER CRONXITE Like two bald blokes fighting over a comb, the … Continue reading

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Labour councillor disputes cost savings over referendum

A senior Labour councillor has produced more red herrings than you will find in an EU fishing quota, as he has claimed that staging a referendum in May over the way the council is run won’t save a penny for … Continue reading

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Tory minister orders council to hold mayor vote on May 6

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest massive set-back for the council’s crumbling administration In what will be a withering blow for the Labour Party in Croydon, the Government has this afternoon ordered Hamida Ali, the leader of the … Continue reading

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May 6? Maybe not, as Johnson prepares for new lockdown

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the implications of any extension to the coronavirus restrictions for the borough’s leafleting cult and the London elections Westminster observers are already predicting that the London Mayoral and Assembly elections, which were postponed from … Continue reading

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High Court ruling casts doubt on Town Hall block of mayor vote

The legal advice used by Tony Newman last month to block a 20,000-signature public petition could be flawed – according to a High Court judge. Last month Newman, while still the leader of the Labour-controlled council, rejected a mass call … Continue reading

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Newman gives ‘manifesto pledge’ to ignore referendum vote

Just days before he faces a no-confidence motion at the Town Hall, the council leader has committed Labour to ignore the outcome of a democratic borough-wide referendum. WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports Tony Newman, the part-time council leader who after … Continue reading

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LibDems finally reveal candidates to run for London Mayor

The human dynamos who run the Liberal Democrat party today finally got round to naming their candidates for selection to be the fourth-placed finisher in next May’s London Mayoral election – a mere six weeks after their original choice announced … Continue reading

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21,000 residents petition for elected mayor referendum

A costly legal battle is expected, as council leader looks to block the democratic will of the people. STEVEN DOWNES reports After 18 months of meetings and door-knocking, a campaign group led by seven residents’ associations has today handed in … Continue reading

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‘This is an acid test of council’s approach to democracy’

Here’s the full text of the letter from the democratically elected mayor for Croydon campaign, delivered by hand today at the Town Hall. It includes the detailed legal argument, based on counsel’s advice, that supports DEMOC’s claim that the referendum … Continue reading

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London’s free school travel to end in October, Tories insist

The Conservatives – the party of “Maggie Thatcher – Milk Snatcher!” when they took away kids’ school milk in the 1970s – is now pushing ahead with demands to remove free travel on London’s buses, Tubes and trams for most … Continue reading

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Conservatives’ anti-London policies have put Bailey in the dock

Covid-19 forced the postponement of the London elections in May. Now, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports, with candidates dropping out and the dire performance of the Tory candidate, the capital is destined to endure the ‘forgotten election’ So … Continue reading

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Newman is ‘running scared’ from ballot for borough mayor

With a referendum for a democratically-elected mayor now inevitable, Croydon’s council leader is behaving increasingly like a small-town Donald Trump. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports In a remarkable piece of transatlantic coincidence, just as the President of the United … Continue reading

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Leaderless LibDems now lose their London Mayor candidate

The Liberal Democrats, without a party leader for more than six months, have now lost their London Mayoral candidate, too, after Siobhan Benita withdrew from the contest this morning. What is often regarded as a “two-horse race” between Labour and … Continue reading

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Tin-eared Tories look to dump Bailey’s lacklustre Mayor bid

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how the Conservatives are beginning to panic over their gormless candidate for London Mayor Reports emerged overnight that the Tories are giving serious consideration to dumping their candidate for London Mayor, Shaun Bailey. As … Continue reading

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Progress supporter Fode is given London Labour’s top job

Amy Fode is to be Labour’s new interim director of the party’s London region, it has been reported. Fode’s appointment will be seen as the latest shift towards Blairite centrism under Labour’s new leader Sir Keir Starmer. Fode is to … Continue reading

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Newman tells Labour to prepare for Mayor vote next May

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on how voters in Croydon seem likely to have another ballot paper when they go to the polls in 2021 Tony Newman, the council leader, made it clear to a meeting of Labour Party … Continue reading

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Collins under fire for ‘right-wing dictator’ jibe at residents

More than a year too late, Tony Newman, Croydon Labour’s dictatorial council leader, has begun to stir his senior councillors into parroting some kind of attack lines against the DEMOC campaign which is backing a referendum over whether to have … Continue reading

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Tories sigh with relief as Stewart exits London Mayor campaign

Rory Stewart, the former Tory leadership candidate who was expelled from the Conservatives at Westminster because of his implacable opposition to Boris Johnson’s stance on Brexit, has withdrawn from the London Mayoral campaign. What do you mean, you didn’t know … Continue reading

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Court ruling against airport expansion is problem for Newman

This morning’s Court of Appeal ruling that a third runway at Heathrow is unlawful could put Croydon’s council leader Tony Newman’s bollocks in a vice. For not only has the ruling managed to coalesce opposition, legally and environmentally, against airport … Continue reading

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It’s time to vote for someone who ‘gets’ the climate emergency

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Worried about flooding locally, and climate change globally? PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured right, a Green Party candidate, says that these issues should be a central in the London Assembly elections Families and businesses are yet again being left to … Continue reading

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Davis will fight on – ‘You don’t need to be elected to do that’

Rowenna Davis, the candidate who missed out by 25 votes to stand for Labour in Croydon and Sutton in May’s London Assembly elections, says she will continue with her campaigning activism “to make a difference to people in… our capital”. … Continue reading

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Cummings wins Labour’s Assembly selection race by 25 votes

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on a close-run thing Patsy Cummings, the councillor for South Norwood, will be Labour’s candidate in Croydon and Sutton for the London Assembly elections in May after winning a ballot of party members in the two … Continue reading

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Decision time for Labour comes too late for Davis or Cummings

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE, on how a drawn-out selection process has hampered any prospects of electoral success for Labour in Croydon and Sutton in May’s elections to City Hall In a primary contest that has lasted longer than that … Continue reading

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Windrush performer accuses councillor of failing to pay bills

A Labour councillor who is seeking selection to be her party’s candidate for Croydon and Sutton in May’s London Assembly elections has been accused of failing to honour fees amounting to hundreds of pounds agreed for a Windrush Generation stage … Continue reading

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Copley appointment puts City Hall selection in the mixer

The announcement that Tom Copley is to be London’s deputy mayor for housing will stir up Labour’s selection and election battles for the London Assembly, with the city going to the polling stations in May. Copley, who has been an … Continue reading

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