Category Archives: 2021 London elections

Tory Assembly candidate in racism row over stop and search

Election candidates have not been subject to the kind of public scrutiny they might have expected pre-covid, and online hustings last week demonstrated why such questioning is so necessary. By STEVEN DOWNES Neil “Father Jack” Garratt, the Conservative candidate for … Continue reading

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Loonys on the march in Chessington with 13 candidates

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on something (sadly?) lacking from the local elections in Croydon next month Croydon is not the only south London borough staging council by-elections next month. But, after the candidate nominations were released last week, … Continue reading

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Garratt and Cummings finally agree to debate climate crisis

It took them a while but, finally, the two frontrunners in the race to be Croydon and Sutton’s London Assembly Member have agreed to take part in an online hustings organised by the Friends of the Earth’s Croydon Climate Action … Continue reading

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Khan’s lead at the polls could be enough to elect Cummings

If the pollsters have got their numbers right, history could be about to be made in next month’s London Assembly elections, according to our resident psephologist WALTER CRONXITE This time next month, for the first time in history, Croydon and … Continue reading

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Tories O’Connell and Mohan stand down from council

Two senior Conservative councillors, Steve O’Connell and Vidhi Mohan, announced today that they are standing down from the council. It brings to five the number of ward by-elections that will need to be staged on May 6, the same day … Continue reading

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Assembly election count to take extra day because of covid

It has been confirmed that the count for the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections being held on May 6 will be spread over two days. The London election results have tended to be tortuous events, even in normal … Continue reading

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Tory Bailey in bother again after his ‘buy lots of drugs’ claim

Tory Shaun Bailey, a sometime adviser to Boris Johnson, has again damaged his campaign to become Mayor of London by claiming people “would buy lots of drugs” if they were given a universal basic income. It is the latest gaffe … Continue reading

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Greens’ Berry wants to end TfL’s unfair fares for outer London

Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of London, wants to change the unfair fare zones in the capital which have seen bus, tram and Tube fares rise for Croydon commuters from Zones 5 and 6 by nearly £400 … Continue reading

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Council faces tricky task to find 37 new polling stations by May

Orders from the government to not use schools on election day could cause serious problems in Croydon If you have a garden shed that is not being used on Thursday May 6, or an empty garage perhaps, you might want … Continue reading

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Tory candidate for London Mayor accused of campaign fraud

Lawyers acting for the Labour Party have accused Shaun Bailey of a form of fraud ahead of the London Mayoral elections, after his campaign last month distributed leaflets headed with fake City Hall insignia. The leaflets made the claim that … Continue reading

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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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