Category Archives: David Osland

‘Britain’s FBI’ to investigate corruption in Lawrence case

Was there perhaps some uncomfortable shuffling in their seat by a senior Croydon Conservative on Friday, when it was announced that the National Crime Agency, described as “Britain’s equivalent of the FBI”, has started an investigation into allegations of corruption … Continue reading

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Newman goes missing at the making of piece of black history

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall chamber with a Yorkie bar and half-finished crossword from that day’s Metro sticking out of his jacket pocket, reports on Monday’s council meeting, where all promises of doing civic business in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Lynne Hale, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Planning, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Labour councillors demand free vote over Osland honour

Tony Newman, the Labour leader of Croydon Council, could face some angry party colleagues in the Town Hall chamber tonight if they are forced to vote through a borough honour for former councillor David Osland. Osland, a Tory councillor for … Continue reading

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Croydon Council to honour former police commander who was criticised over Stephen Lawrence racist murder investigation

The Labour leadership on Croydon Council “should be ashamed”, according to a leading black activist, over their decision to award one of the borough’s highest civic honours to a former senior Metropolitan Police officer who was heavily criticised over his conduct … Continue reading

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“Book Token” promoted as Pollard completes Tory takeover

Croydon’s Tory councillors yesterday duly anointed Tim Pollard, the “loyal deputy” who did just enough to cause the downfall of Mike Fisher over #WadGate, as their new leader. With no one else from the 30-strong group of Conservative councillors prepared … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

#WadGate: Fisher is forced to resign as Croydon’s Tory leader

Mike Fisher, for eight years the leader of Croydon Council, was forced to quit as the head of the Tories at the Town Hall on Friday night, less than 72 hours after he was exposed as having secretly claimed an … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

New job for former top cop Osland in Croydon Tories’ coup

Some within the Croydon Tories are attempting a coup to sack the local Conservative Federation’s chairman and replace him with the controversial retired senior policeman who was criticised in the inquiry into the brutal death of Stephen Lawrence. According to … Continue reading

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Conservatives snub hustings as sham candidates exposed

VOTE 2014: Not content with forgetting about an entire ward in the north of the borough in their own advertisement last week, this week Croydon’s Tories deliberately snubbed the voters of Thornton Heath when not a single one of their … Continue reading

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Thornton Heath lawyer wants to give major parties a wigging

VOTE 2014: It is not just some among the black and minority ethnic Conservatives in Croydon who feel that they have been overlooked by their own party. Thornton Heath lawyer Dwain Coward, previously a Labour supporter, has become so disillusioned … Continue reading

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These councillors voted last night to build on a Croydon park: next month they will want you to trust them with your vote

When you last had a chance to vote for the local council four years ago, were you asked for your views on the council building on public open space so that the developers could make more than £100million in profit? … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Business, Chris Wright, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, David Osland, Environment, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Lynne Hale, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Sanderstead, Shirley, Sue Winborn, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Tories pick ‘Osland of the Yard’ to stand in Thornton Heath

The Conservatives have announced that they will be fielding a former senior police officer who headed the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation as a candidate in Thornton Heath ward at next month’s Town Hall elections. Croydon’s Tories are so short on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Broad Green, Coulsdon West, Crime, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, David Osland, Fieldway, Gavin Barwell, Norbury, Selhurst, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Residents appear helpless to halt the ‘Curse of Coulsdon’

Ignored and unheeded, the residents of Coulsdon appear to have few options in their opposition to aspects of the Cane Hill housing development, writes ANDREW PELLING None of the Conservative party’s six Coulsdon councillors attended Friday’s Community Centre meeting, which … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Cane Hill, Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Council, David Osland, Gavin Barwell, Ian Parker, Jeet Bains, Justin Cromie, Planning, Terry Lenton, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cromie pays price of conscience as Parker focuses on 2015

Rumours of local Tory defections to UKIP – none of which have yet been substantiated – continue to be aired, after a week in which two more Conservative Croydon councillors were unceremoniously de-selected by their party. Justin Cromie and Ian … Continue reading

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Fisher holds fire on Tory selections to force through budget

In 14 Thursdays’ time, on May 22, you will be able to vote for up to three people who you want to help run your local services until 2018. Yet the Conservatives who have controlled Croydon Town Hall for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Avril Slipper, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Greens, David Osland, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Graham Bass, New Addington, Purley, South Croydon, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Residents’ association to field candidates in local elections

Coulsdon’s version of UDI* looks to be a step closer, with at least one of the area’s large and very active residents’ associations determined to have its members stand in next May’s local council elections. Richard Thurbon, the chairman of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, David Osland, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Ian Parker, Jeet Bains, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Police called to sikh temple as controversy dogs councillor

For the second time in less than two months, the police had to be called to a disturbance at a meeting involving Jeet Bains, the Conservative councillor for Coulsdon West. On Friday evening, Bains was attending the Croydon gurdwara, on … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Church and religions, Community associations, Coulsdon West, Crime, David Osland, Jeet Bains, Policing | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Angry Coulsdon residents want to break away from Croydon

Signal of quite how disliked and badly run our council has become, one whole district of the borough is looking at reversing 50 years of local government history and declaring a south London version of UDI. Residents in Coulsdon are … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, David Osland, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Ian Parker, Jeet Bains, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Councillor’s unanswered questions over Stephen Lawrence

The allegations of a smear campaign conducted against the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence by undercover police officers has made front-page headlines and led the national news bulletins on television and radio for the past day. The Guardian report … Continue reading

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Woodside Labour councillor Jewitt fails to win selection

The Croydon Labour party’s selection process for candidates to stand at next year’s Town Hall elections claimed its first casualty on Wednesday night, when Karen Jewitt, councillor for Woodside ward, failed to be selected. Jewitt has been a Croydon councillor … Continue reading

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Lawrence inquiry officer to chair council’s ethics committee

Local community leaders and politicians have reacted with disgust and anger at the news that the council’s ethics committee for the next year is to be chaired by David Osland, the former senior police officer who once advised colleagues in … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Coulsdon West, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Council, David Osland, Mike Fisher, Patricia Hay-Justice | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Inside Croydon 2012: what our loyal reader’s been reading

The following is the Inside Croydon 2012 Hit Parade, and needs to be read in the “voice” of Alan “Fluff” Freeman. For younger readers, think Smashy and Nicey… It’s the top 20 posts published on this site in the past … Continue reading

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Senior councillor goes west as Tories consider their futures

Phil Thomas, one of the “big beasts” of local Croydon politics for the past decade and the architect of the Conservatives’ 2006 Town Hall election win, is moving from the borough and will not be seeking re-election in 2014. “He’s … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Graham Bass, Margaret Mead, Mike Fisher, Parking, Phil Thomas, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Simon Hoar, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Conflicts highlighted before Tory councillor left committee

The continuing claims of Croydon’s leading political figures that they really do avoid any potential conflicts of interest with their outside appointments are starting to ring ever more hollow, after it emerged that one Conservative councillor has left the Town … Continue reading

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Hammerson gets green light for £50m scheme at Centrale

Croydon Council’s planning committee last night gave approval for Hammerson‘s £50million redevelopment scheme for their Centrale shopping mall in North End. But the approval only came after the councillors on the committee were given firm guidance – in effect a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Centrale, Cinema, Coulsdon West, David Osland, East Croydon, Housing, Jason Perry, Parking, Planning, Property, Restaurants, Ruskin Square, South Croydon, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Corruption inquiry into Lawrence case could call on Osland

That Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is considering a public inquiry into allegations that police corruption undermined the hunt for the killers of Stephen Lawrence may be of interest for Croydon councillor David Osland. Osland, a Conservative councillor for Coulsdon … Continue reading

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