Category Archives: 2021 Mayor Referendum

Careful what you wish for: Town Hall deadlock would be chaos

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With four months until the local elections and first-ever Mayoral election in Croydon, here local Conservative Party member BEN GADSBY says that the voting outcome is not a foregone conclusion In 16 weeks, Croydon will have its first-ever … Continue reading

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Croydon 2021: voter apathy, petrol queues and dodgy deals

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: In our final instalment of our annual review of the stories that attracted the most attention in 2021, we reach the season of missed opportunities and not much fruitfulness, as far as Croydon Labour … Continue reading

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Mayoral referendum: how Croydon voted, ward-by-ward

The council last night released the figures by ward of how Croydon residents voted in October 7’s Mayoral referendum. We already knew that the thumping 80% majority across the whole borough, and defeats in all 28 wards, was very bad … Continue reading

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The referendum result shows that time for change is overdue

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Last week’s decisive vote for a new way of running the council should only be a first step, according to an open letter to all the borough’s councillors from Kenley resident BRIAN WATSON Now that a directly elected … Continue reading

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Tories go for more of the same as Perry wins by three votes

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Any delusions that having a directly elected mayor might be anything other than #ABitLessShit were quickly dispelled yesterday as the local Tories reverted to type. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s Conservatives have selected Jason Perry, the South … Continue reading

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Labour MP Reed accused of ‘bad politics’ by Blairite peer

Blocked council candidate Jamie Audsley makes opening pitch to be Labour’s candidate for mayor in May 2022. EXCLUSIVE by WALTER CRONXITE, political editor The fall-out from Croydon Labour’s disastrous and costly anti-mayor campaign cranked up a gear yesterday as Lord … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Bensham Manor, Croydon North, Jamie Audsley, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ali’s efforts at spin catch the eye of not-so-noble judges

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a week when two journalists were announced as winners for the Nobel Peace Prize for their courageous work in fighting for freedom of speech against despots, GEOFF JAMES reports on a less well-publicised award-winning effort Nobel Prizes … Continue reading

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After defeat, pressure mounts on ‘lame duck’ council leader

CROYDON IN CRISIS: ‘We mocked the electorate by putting burning £20 notes on our election material’. What now for Croydon Labour, after a nasty and petty waste of around £20,000 in party funds on a referendum campaign they could never … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Andrew Pelling, Croydon North, Hamida Ali, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon votes 4-to-1 in favour of having directly elected mayor

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After a disastrously run, high-spending campaign by Labour opposing change, every ward in the borough voted for a new way of running the council. By STEVEN DOWNES Katherine Kerswell took to the low stage at Trinity School … Continue reading

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Use our free voting widget if you have not received poll card

Find election information at WhoCanIVoteFor.co.uk Make sure you use Inside Croydon’s essential voting day widget. That, effectively, was the message being issued last night from the propaganda bunker at Fisher’s Folly on the eve of the borough-wide governance referendum by … Continue reading

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Nothing adds up as Labour plays numbers game over mayor

REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN: On the eve of polling day, the many shortcomings of a shambolic and expensive campaign waged by Labour to oppose a change to an elected mayor seem about to be exposed. By STEVEN DOWNES The same people who … Continue reading

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Referendum offers us a chance for consensus in Croydon

REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN: Last week, Labour’s Leila Ben-Hassel offered her reasons for opposing a change in the way the council is governed. With the borough-wide referendum being staged tomorrow, resident – and voter – IAN KIERANS questions the councillor’s arguments Councillor … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Leila Ben-Hassel, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Has Labour already lined up its candidate for elected mayor?

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The governance referendum is not until Thursday, but despite officially opposing the proposal to move to a directly elected mayor, some senior Labour figures may have already moved to find a candidate to stand for the office … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

‘If you want something better, then you have to vote for it’

REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN: With just days to go before the borough-wide ballot, PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured right, offers a Green Party perspective on the governance of the council We all know that Croydon Council is useless. On Thursday, we are being offered … Continue reading

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Further £38.4m to be sliced from next year’s council budget

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Town Hall leadership hoped to keep the latest round of cuts secret until after next week’s referendum, as the consequences of the borough’s bankruptcy start to hit home. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES £12m of adult social care … Continue reading

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Council governance is poor due to lack of competent cultures

REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN: Yesterday, we reported MP Steve Reed’s Labour Conference speech, where he made a strong case of devolving power – just not in his own constituency, where he has been arguing against a directly-elected mayor over the past few … Continue reading

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Reed tells nation what he won’t tell Croydon: trust the people

REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN: Croydon’s Labour politicians continue to tie themselves in knots by opposing something which just happens to be their own party’s policy. WALTER CRONXITE, Political Editor, reports on a keynote speech made at the party’s Brighton Conference The inherent … Continue reading

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Labour councillor was given ‘no real reason’ for deselection

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The damaging ‘Groupthink’ culture under the toxic leadership of Tony Newman remains firmly in place at the Town Hall, where an elected official has told colleagues he was blocked from standing despite never breaking any rules. EXCLUSIVE … Continue reading

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MP Reed admits live on air: ‘I’m not anti mayoral system’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Ten minutes of radio featuring a live spat between two very well-paid politicians over why we do, or don’t, need another politician provided a splendid example of the self-serving futility of the borough’s political duopoly. By WALTER … Continue reading

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Town Hall leadership hatched plan to break election budget

EXCLUSIVE: Labour councillors who crashed the borough’s finances decided to ignore the Election Commission’s strict rules on spending for their anti-mayor referendum campaign. By STEVEN DOWNES Hamida Ali, the leader of the Labour group at the council, wanted to break … Continue reading

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Reed goes video ga-ga as Labour campaign gets desperate

CROYDON COMMENTARY: If the lies don’t get you angry, the cant and hypocrisy surely will. STEVEN DOWNES, Editor of Inside Croydon, on the barrel-scraping going on over next month’s mayoral referendum At a time when Michael Gove is put in … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Hamida Ali, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Planning chief wants to give permission to more blocks of flats

As Croydon Tories get their facts wrong (again) and heap praise on the borough’s planners, a council director warns that she wants to green-light more developments. By STEVEN DOWNES Heather Cheesbrough, Croydon’s planning chief, wants the council to grant even … Continue reading

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Labour official seeks to stop DEMOC using campaign leaflets

As Croydon Tories begin the process to select their candidate to stand for the borough’s first directly-elected mayor next May, KEN LEE, our Town Hall correspondent, reports on the local Labour Party’s latest effort to stifle debate While Croydon’s Conservatives … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Jamie Audsley, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Starmer and Evans face impossible task with Croydon South

To win the next General Election, Labour needs to gain 124 seats. And Number 122 on the list of Labour target seats is Tory Chris Philp’s Croydon South constituency. Our sarf of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, looks at the … Continue reading

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Make sure your pleas to power are never ignored again

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With a little more than a month until the referendum over how we should choose future leaders of the council, MP CHRIS PHILP (pictured left) outlines why he’s supporting a change in the system Croydon Council’s politics are … Continue reading

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