Category Archives: Croydon North

Shawcross makes first move towards a possible run for MP

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest round of horse-trading in the local Labour Party after its crushing defeats in the local elections After an almost complete absence from politics in her home borough for 20 years, there’s now mounting … Continue reading

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Labour officials pick ‘worst-ever’ candidate for by-election

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Emergency resolution from constituency party blames Local Campaign Forum for multiple failures in local elections. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Labour officials have hand-picked as a candidate for the South Croydon election re-run someone who three weeks … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Cane Hill Park Residents' Association, Carole Bonner, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon North, Croydon South, David White, Fieldway, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, New Addington, Old Coulsdon, Oliver Lewis, South Croydon, Steve Reed MP, Stuart King, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

King ends front-bench sinecures for most Newman numpties

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Starmer and Evans are using this borough as an experiment in central party control over rogue councils. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE And there you have it. The 2022 local government definition of a non-job, … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Brigitte Graham, Callton Young, Chris Clark, Chrishni Reshekaron, Enid Mollyneaux, Janet Campbell, Maddie Henson, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mayor Jason Perry, Mike Bonello, Nina Degrads, Patricia Hay-Justice, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, Steve Reed MP, Stuart King, Tony Newman, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

King gets Labour leadership, but delays over cabinet posts

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest horse-trading going on behind the scenes among the largest political group at the Town Hall Croydon Labour made such a mess of the council’s finances, the authority now has … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Callton Young, Janet Campbell, Kola Agboola, Louis Carserides, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mohammed Islam, New Addington, South Croydon, Steve Reed MP, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Great North Wood under threat from holy order’s £3.5m scheme

A holy order of Catholic nuns wants to hack down mature and healthy trees in a specially protected site, part of the ancient Great North Wood, and then use the timber to build a “visitor attraction” to commemorate… the Great … Continue reading

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Select committee MPs promise swift action at Regina Road

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More than a year since the ‘appalling’ state of flats in Regina Road caused a national scandal, MPs from a Commons select committee visited South Norwood and Upper Norwood this week. They were shocked at what they … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Florence Eshalomi, Housing, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon May 2022 is writing on the wall for Starmer’s Labour

CROYDON IN CRISIS: One week on from the election count that turned the council from merely a bankrupt borough into a national laughing stock, JIMMY BALDWIN adds his personal reflections on the events that took place at Trinity School from … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, David Evans, David White, Gavin Barwell, Mayor Jason Perry, New Addington, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Election results leave Labour supporters angry and dismayed

With the final declaration in, WALTER CRONXITE reports on the state of the council after the 2022 elections By the end, the emotions on show at the Croydon Council election count at Trinity School were less those of shock, disappointment … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Andrew Pelling, Broad Green, Chris Clark, Claire Bonham, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Esther Sutton, Fairfield, Jade Appleton, Jason Perry, Katherine Kerswell, Kola Agboola, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Planning, Robert Canning, Sanderstead, Selhurst, South Croydon, Steve Reed MP, Tony Pearson, Val Shawcross, Waddon, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Tory Perry wins historic Mayor election by less than 600 votes

Democracy was kept waiting while council officials struggled with their abacuses. By our sleep-deprived political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Jason Perry has been declared the first elected Mayor of Croydon, after a borough-wide vote sent a message to the local Labour … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Greens, Jason Perry, Peter Underwood, Richard Howard, Trinity School, Val Shawcross, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

Not for the first time, questions were better than the answers

And with a week to election day, the last of the set-piece hustings was staged at The Wreck at the Fairfield Halls last night. KEN TOWL, pictured right, went along, so that you wouldn’t have to… So what did we … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Andrew Pelling, Fairfield Halls, Jason Perry, Peter Underwood, Richard Howard, The Wreck, Val Shawcross, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

Stumped on the stump: candidates caught out over 2nd choice

It has been said that politics is a form of performance art… so using a stage in The Wreck for election hustings last night was quite appropriate. But it was one question that stole the show It was the first … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Andrew Pelling, Jason Perry, Peter Underwood, Richard Howard, Val Shawcross, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Labour ‘most worried’ about losing Croydon in local elections

As election day looms ever closer, WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, finds the borough’s third-rate politicians fretting over the possible loss of their first-rate council allowances Croydon Council is the London borough which the Labour Party says it is “most worried” … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Addiscombe West, Brick by Brick, Chris Philp MP, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, New Addington, New Addington North, Planning, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

How Winston McKenzie became Croydon’s Public Enema No1

It seems every election has a joker in the pack, and this year Winston McKenzie, the candidate who declared ‘Croydon is a dump!’, is once again seeking your votes. KEN TOWL read his manifesto, so that you wouldn’t have to … Continue reading

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Climate campaigners take protest to MP Reed’s doorstep

Extinction Rebellion took their campaign to save the planet to Steve Reed’s doorstep last night, after a week in which the Blairite MP for Croydon North spoke out on behalf of the oil multi-nationals and called for injunctions and harsh … Continue reading

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Half of Shawcross’ team helped keep Newman in power

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: There’s probably a reason that Val Shawcross has neglected to publish details of who is working on her very well-funded Mayoral election campaign: it includes seven councillors who helped to bankrupt the borough. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Carole Bonner, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon North, Maddie Henson, Rowenna Davis, Sarah Jones MP, Sherwan Chowdhury, Simon Hall, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Mayor candidate Shawcross’s ‘new’ direction not so new at all

Any ‘clean break’ with the incompetence and graft of the past at Croydon Town Hall that is being offered by Labour Mayoral candidate Val Shawcross appears doomed by her own campaign’s deep-rooted connections with discredited Tony Newman and some of … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Alisa Flemming, Brick by Brick, Broad Green, Business, Callton Young, Children's Services, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, David Evans, Fairfield Halls, Fly tipping, Hamida Ali, Humayun Kabir, Karen Jewitt, Maddie Henson, Manju Shahul Hameed, Meals on Wheels, Planning, Refuse collection, Sarah Jones MP, Schools, Sean Fitzsimons, SEND, Sherwan Chowdhury, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pat Ryan’s excess: veteran’s generous grants left unquestioned

The culture of secrecy and cover-ups in Croydon Labour meant that one councillor never did face any scrutiny over his misuse of thousands of pounds of public money to resurface a private road and to pay for equipment in a … Continue reading

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Labour’s purge continues prompting more activists to leave

Even as the packed hall at hustings in Park Hill on Thursday night was being told by one of the Mayoral candidates in next month’s elections that Labour’s “main activity is expelling each other”, Inside Croydon was receiving news of … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, David White, Paul Scott, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The bottom line on the failure of ex-CEO Negrini: £613,895

Our Town Hall editor KEN LEE has been crunching some eye-watering numbers from Croydon’s bankrupt council When Jo “Negreedy” Negrini quit as the council’s chief executive in September 2020, with Croydon hurtling towards bankruptcy, she left with a total of … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Jo Negrini, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Mystery surrounds new candidate Herman’s deleted tweets

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Some fear it is a case of out of the frying pan into the fire with the imposed election candidate in South Norwood. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE The Local Campaign Forum, the committee at … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Broad Green, Croydon North, Elliott-Jay Munroop, Oliver Lewis, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | 6 Comments

Labour candidate in South Norwood quits over abusive tweets

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Calls for the resignations of party officials after a second failure to properly conduct background checks, as election campaign staggers through its latest controversy. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES There are mounting calls from Labour members in … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Broad Green, Croydon North, Elliott-Jay Munroop, Ramaraj Rajagopal, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

No apology from candidate for abusive and homophobic tweets

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Slack diligence by the Local Campaign Forum missed vile racial slurs, sexist language and homophobic abuse on a wannabe councillor’s social media account. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The committee that is supposed to be running Labour’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Elliott-Jay Munroop, Ramaraj Rajagopal, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘It’s an utter joke’: councillors unhappy at selection stitch-ups

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the brinkmanship taking place in the local Labour Party over controversial reselections With just seven days left before the official opening of nominations for all candidates for the local elections, there remain two … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, David Evans, Hamida Ali, Maddie Henson, Muhammad Ali, Pat Ryan, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Waddon, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council leader Ali announces she won’t seek re-election in May

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Tony Newman’s protégé has changed her mind about standing as a councillor in the forthcoming Town Hall elections. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Hamida Ali, the leader of Croydon’s cash-strapped, Labour-controlled council since October 2020, is to stand … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Improvement Board, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Report in the Public Interest, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Section 114 notice, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

This is ‘democracy’ in Steve Reed’s Croydon Labour Party

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Just 56 days until the local elections, and selection stitch-ups are still being carried out in poorly-attended meetings across the borough, with a serious effort to oust a senior black woman councillor to make way for … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Nina Degrads, Pat Ryan, Patsy Cummings, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments