Category Archives: Mario Creatura

Conservative Mayor Perry loses 3 votes at Town Hall meeting

ANDREW PELLING reports from the Press Gallery on success for Labour, Green and LibDem councillors in opposing Tory moves to cut Council Tax benefits to old age pensioners and the poor Jason Perry, the Conservative Mayor of Croydon, lost three … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Amy Foster, Andrew Pelling, Callton Young, Chris Clark, Claire Bonham, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Mayor Jason Perry, Nina Degrads, Rowenna Davis, Sherwan Chowdhury, Stuart King, ULEZ expansion | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tory councillor group at Town Hall goes into 2023 with a WINO

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the rumblings of disquiet and discontent over a Coulsdon councillor who has put his own parliamentary ambitions ahead of council duties Mayor Jason Perry’s merry band of Tory councillors is not an altogether happy … Continue reading

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Downfall of Truss leaves Tory Philp facing uncertain future

With the parliamentary Conservative Party in meltdown after a month of chaos under Liz Truss, ANDREW FISHER looks at what’s next for MP Chris Philp and his potentially ‘marginal’ seat of Croydon South The Conservative Party is disintegrating before our … Continue reading

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Rish! Sunak brings the Tory leadership contest to Purley

Our mole in the Croydon Conservatives was quite impressed by the flying visit of the former Chancellor. And with his shoes Liz is down in Surrey but we’re told she’ll come to visit us, too. But with a good two … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Education, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Mayor Jason Perry, Purley, Richard Ottaway MP, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Finally, Coulsdon’s Tory councillor Creatura cuts before he runs

Boris Johnson fanboy and former Downing Street aide to Theresa May is trying to clean up his act ahead of parliamentary selections Tory councillor Mario Creatura, for many years the “gobby factotum” to Gavin Barwell when he was a Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cult Church of Bling wound-up over ‘suspicious’ operations

A Croydon-based church which worked closely with local Tories – and even got close to Boris Johnson – has been shut down after Charity Commission and Insolvency Service investigations found ‘suspicious or incorrect accounts’. By STEVEN DOWNES SPAC Nation has … Continue reading

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Taking it to the hedge: police called to deal with elderly vandal

Police officers from two jurisdictions and council officials from neighbouring boroughs have been busy dealing with complaints of damage to property, and what a local councillor has described as “a case of clear vandalism” as well as child safeguarding issues … Continue reading

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Coulsdon gets cozy glow as Christmas lights are switched on

They said it couldn’t be done. Although, as “they” were Tory councillor Mario Creatura, aka the Coulsdon Grinch, nothing should be taken at face value. But thanks to the generosity and ingenuity of a grouping of local businesses and residents’ … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Let there be lights! Coulsdon traders defy Grinch Creatura

A small group of Coulsdon business people, backed by the dynamic help of the chair of a local residents’ association, have defied their Tory councillors by having a whip-round and organising Christmas lights for the town in barely 48 hours. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Businesses furious over Tory’s Christmas lights blame game

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE,  on the latest controversy caused by Coulsdon’s most witless councillor Councillor Mario Creatura, the failed Conservative parliamentary candidate, has caused fury among local businesses and residents in the ward he is supposed … Continue reading

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Banned! Barwell blocks Inside Croydon from his little chat

In the week that the Grenfell fire inquiry resumed, the former minister who failed to act on multiple warnings about the dangers around tower blocks is staging a cosy little fund-raiser all about his ‘career’. We wanted to listen in. … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Ken Towl, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Coulsdon West residents in move to kick out plotter Morgan

The takeover of a residents’ association in Coulsdon by a rabid right-winger has turned very nasty over the past fortnight, as Peter Morgan has made a desperate attempt to cling-on to control of the Coulsdon West RA’s membership list and … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Coulsdon councillors distance themselves from plotter Morgan

Our fringes of Surrey correspondent, PEARL LEE, on the latest developments in the intrigue and dispute around a residents’ association Coulsdon’s Tory councillors have finally called time on the illicit takeover of a residents’ association. Coulsdon Town councillors Ian Parker, … 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

Posted in 2021 London elections, Gavin Barwell, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Best in the business’ Creatura lands new Westminster job

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest job manoeuvre by someone whose political ambitions exceed his abilities Mario Creatura, the Tory councillor who sought the help of the SPAC Nation cult church to try to win him the Croydon Central … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Car lobbyist’s Christmas ‘coup’ over Coulsdon residents’ group

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, finds a controversial right-winger bending rules to grab control of a local association Peter Morgan, the resident of east Coulsdon notorious for having been kicked out of UKIP and the Tory parties, … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Ian Parker, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Tory councillors object to anarchists’ solstice sacrifice video

Croydon’s largest group of anarchists have expressed outrage that a video they had prepared to celebrate the winter solstice has been removed from a community Facebook page – because Tory councillors claimed that the short movie was “partisan” and “too … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Mario Creatura, Scott Roche, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Perry’s Tories make call for cuts that have already been agreed

WALTER CRONXITE on the political games being played out at the Town Hall The dozy Tory opposition at Croydon Town Hall has today demanded an extraordinary council meeting (yes, another one!) to consider a motion to cut councillors’ allowances – … Continue reading

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Taking a U-turn on road measures risks a traffic accident

Some people are taking to the streets in Upper Norwood today to protest against the traffic-calming Low Traffic Neighbourhood initiative. But as an investigation by environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION has discovered, their campaign is supported and funded by motoring lobbyists … Continue reading

Posted in Bromley Council, Colin Smith, Commuting, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, Gareth Streeter, Mario Creatura, Scott Roche, South Norwood, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Johnson quits! (It’s Mark, chair of Croydon Tories, not Boris)

With local elections just 18 months away, the chairman of Croydon’s Conservatives has resigned, abruptly. Mark Johnson had been in the chair since early 2019 but submitted his resignation earlier this month with little explanation beyond saying, “I no longer … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Jason Perry, Mario Creatura, New Addington | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tories accused of putting campaigns ahead of covid safety

Croydon South’s MP and a former Downing Street special adviser have been caught breaking their own government’s rules. KEN LEE reports Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, and arch-careerist Mario Creatura, one of the Town Hall’s top Tories, … Continue reading

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Newman wins vote but consigns Labour to election misery

TOWN HALL SKETCH: The borough is in the middle of two crises – the coronavirus pandemic and its own financial mess. Yet last night saw the first full meeting of Croydon Council in almost three months, an ’emergency’ meeting only … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Jeet Bains, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Lisa Taylor, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Mario Creatura, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Tory leader Perry shows ruthless streak by sacking Creatura

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest game of musical chairs at the Town Hall Mario Creatura has been sacked from his front bench job with the Town Hall opposition group in a reshuffle of the Croydon’s Conservative councillors … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Helen Pollard, Helen Redfern, Jason Perry, Mario Creatura, Scott Roche, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tories pick Perry as new leader in run-up to local elections

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports as the Town Hall’s opposition Conservatives stage their leadership reshuffle Jason Perry is Croydon’s Conservative opposition’s new leader, elected at a meeting of the borough’s Tory councillors last night. Croydon’s Tories have been enthusiastic … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Sanderstead, South Croydon, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pollard fires starting gun on race to be Croydon Tories’ leader

EXCLUSIVE: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, says that the next local election campaign has  just begun Croydon’s Conservatives have started a search for a new Town Hall leader after Tim Pollard, who has been in the job since 2014, announced … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Helen Pollard, Helen Redfern, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Mario Creatura, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments