Category Archives: Gavin Barwell

Tories in call for Town Hall meeting and Newman’s resignation

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how the borough’s Conservative opposition appears to be waking from its slumbers, as the council leader is accused of ‘reckless financial mismanagement’ Jason Perry, in his first significant act as leader of the Conservative … Continue reading

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Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Jason Perry, Sarah Jones MP, Simon Hall, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tories issue plea to members to help them ‘fill our hole’

Croydon’s Tories are calling for Tony Newman to stand down as council leader immediately, saying the Town Hall finances “are in an appalling state”. But with the slapstick comic timing of Frank “Ooo Betty” Spencer, the Conservatives’ criticism of Newman … Continue reading

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Ex-councillor admits he was wrong over Westfield scheme

A former deputy council leader has spoken publicly about their deep regret for their part in bringing developers, such as Westfield, to their town centre, leaving it as “a tragedy of a place now”. “There’s plenty of nostalgia and lots … Continue reading

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Call to remove Churchill mural puts Labour council on spot

Council leader Tony Newman doesn’t tend to enjoy having his judgement called into question, but a councillor-backed petition to remove the image of the wartime leader from the side of a town centre building appears to do just that, as … Continue reading

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Former Barwell aide tweets his support for ‘Tommy Robinson’

Shaun Bailey, the very dim Tory candidate for London Mayor, came in for another round of criticism last night after his Twitter account posted praise for the supporters of far-right racist extremist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known to some as “Tommy Robinson”. … Continue reading

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Centrale’s Debenhams to remain closed after lockdown ends

Our demise-of-high-street-retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, says that there’s no coming back from the latest hammer blow to the £1.4bn town centre regeneration scheme Coronavirus claimed another victim last night: Debenhams in Croydon. In truth, the department store, which has been … Continue reading

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Business is booming for housing lobbyist ‘Barren’ Barwell

Despite the lockdown on business prompted by covid-19, like “Lord” Gavin Barwell, the former Croydon Central Tory MP and author of How To Lose A Marginal Seat. In less than six months since being elevated to the House of Lords … Continue reading

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Scaled-down town centre development could take 10 years

MT WALLETTE, our unbuilt shopping malls correspondent, reports on the deep hole that Croydon has got itself into over the aborted Westfield development Croydon Council has allowed itself to be mugged by a couple of multi-national developers, and has handed … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Wait-field: now Labour council leader Newman calls it a ‘mess’

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the rancour and recriminations between the borough’s third-rate politicians, desperately trying to pass the buck over the stalled £1.4bn supermall scheme, as City Hall is forced to step in to try to salvage … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Jo Negrini, Jules Pipe, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Barwell cashes in on his ‘expertise’ as an ex-housing minister

Gavin Barwell, the author of How To Lose A Marginal Seat, is sticking his snout in the trough ever deeper. Despite being firmly rejected by the voters of Croydon in 2017, the former Conservative MP and housing minister who ignored … Continue reading

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‘Barren’ Barwell is not fit to sit on housing association board

Gavin Barwell, a “not very successful career politician”, should never have been appointed to the board of Clarion, the country’s largest housing association. That’s the view of Rob Gershon, a prominent activist for tenants’ rights, in a devastating critique of … Continue reading

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Barwell jumps on housing gravy train before Grenfell inquiry

No sooner had “Baron” Barwell been kicked upstairs to the House of Lords and their generous £305 daily allowances, than he’s now jumped on the gravy train by taking a juicy directorship with the country’s largest housing association. It is … Continue reading

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Tory peer spends weekend trolling Labour MP over Corbyn

The rancour and recriminations over the General Election outcome could fester on for some time if last weekend’s jibes and insults on social media are anything to go by, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Two old men have had a Twitter … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tory Creatura accused of homophobic and racist prejudice

Mario Creatura, Theresa May’s former Twit-in-Chief in Downing Street, has been accused of publishing a litany of homophobic, sexist and racist views. The bulging file full of cuttings and clippings, some going back more than 10 years, demonstrate under-lying bigotry … Continue reading

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Labour looking strong as freezing polling day approaches

As we enter the final week of the General Election campaign, political editor WALTER CRONXITE gets a guide on the likely results from the pollsters and the bookmakers Next Thursday’s polling day for the General Election is predicted to have … Continue reading

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‘Dumb Creatura’: bad week for Tories who duck questioning

The subject of ridicule in the national press, criticised for handing over voter details to a cult-like church and now too scared to face questions from Inside Croydon’s virtual hustings: Mario Creatura’s dream of becoming a Conservative MP is turning … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Gavin Barwell, Inside Croydon, Mario Creatura, Peter Underwood, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman, Under The Flyover | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Conservative candidates get backing from far-right fringe group

“The fact that Nigel Farage praises the Conservatives’ manifesto for having UKIP policies should ring alarm bells among traditional Conservative voters. “This is not the party it used to be.” So warned Dominic Grieve QC, the former Attorney General in … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Donald Ekekhomen, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Michael Swadling, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stormzy’s Glastonbury slogans become rallying call for Labour

Stormzy has thrown his support behind Labour and called on people to register to vote to “end austerity, rebuild our communities and take back the means to change our lives for the better”. Stormzy, recently voted the coolest bloke in … Continue reading

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Serious Fraud Office investigating SPAC links to 50 companies

Extent of fraud investigations into controversial church are revealed, as national newspaper follows up on Inside Croydon’s story, and further disturbing allegations begin to emerge over child-safeguarding The Serious Fraud Office has been investigating the cult-like SPAC Nation since February, … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Charity, Church and religions, Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour’s Reed: Tories should drop Creatura over SPAC scandal

The mounting scandal over the cult-like SPAC Nation church should force the Conservative Party to sack Mario Creatura as a General Election candidate. That’s the view of Steve Reed OBE, who will be seeking re-election as the Labour MP for … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon Tories’ leader distances himself from SPAC Nation

On the eve of the Fairfield council by-election, the leader of the Conservative group at Croydon Town Hall has tried to distance his local party from the controversial SPAC Nation. The Tory candidate in Thursday’s Fairfield by-election, 20-year-old Jayde Edwards, … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Church and religions, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tory candidate’s church is under police investigation for fraud

Inside Croydon has confirmed that the locally based evangelical church SPAC Nation is under investigation for fraud. Jayde Edwards, the Conservative candidate standing in Thursday’s Fairfield council by-election, is a leading member of SPAC Nation. Her campaign has received much … Continue reading

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Mayfair property developers fence off Woodside play space

Greedy property developers, who are trying to bully a group of neighbours off the community gardens they have created in South Norwood, have erected a six-foot fence around a children’s play area in Love Lane without seeking any planning permission. … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Gardening, Gavin Barwell, Hamida Ali, Heather Cheesbrough, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Empty promises and puppet candidates shape Fairfield vote

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, crunches the numbers ahead of the next Croydon polling day Labour look to be on course to win the election. No, not the Christmas General Election which Prime Minister Boris Johnson may or may not … Continue reading

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Interest hike squeezes Brick by Brick’s speculative schemes

The Tory government’s obstinate fixation to drive the country off a Brexit cliff-edge at the end of October is driving down the value of the pound and causing massive problems for industry. Especially in construction – which could mean very … Continue reading

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