Category Archives: Malcolm Wicks MP

The Shawcross redemption: transport deputy changes gear

The former leader of Croydon Council was a surprise appointment by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. But it is already proving to be a shrewd decision. By WALTER CRONXITE Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council who has been … Continue reading

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Red faces for Reed and supporters as CLP picks Corbyn

WALTER CRONXITE reports from the back row of a Thornton Heath church hall at a local Labour Party meeting, where the Blairites are becoming increasingly shrill in their discomfort Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Lambeth South, is looking … Continue reading

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Constituency members snub MP Reed in CLP election

Is Lambeth South starting to be reclaimed as Croydon North? It is difficult not to put that sort of construction on matters when the MP, Steve Reed OBE, was reduced to lobbying local party members to vote for his friend … Continue reading

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96 days to go and councillors’ self-interest is showing

Have you had someone with a rosette knock at your door yet? You will, says WALTER CRONXITE, you will. Though how the tax-payers of Croydon will benefit from one of the longest election campaigns in history is questionable Fed up … Continue reading

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Tories pick councillor who oversaw £12m riot cash to own ward

Croydon Tories have ensured that the 2011 riots will be a live issue at the 2015 General Election after choosing Fairfield councillor Vidhi Mohan as their candidate to stand in Croydon North – the man who, when a cabinet member … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Business, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Malcolm Wicks MP, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

MP’s life story that raises serious questions for the future

DAVID WHITE reviews the posthumous autobiography of Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks and finds that he carried his decency to the end Malcolm Wicks was a rarity among politicians. The MP for Croydon North-West, later Croydon North, from 1992 until … Continue reading

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Croydon’s “Deep Throat”: Frank Field breaks his silence

Frank Field, the veteran campaigner on social policy, has broken a five-decade omerta over the identity of a government whistle-blower who helped shame a Labour government into honouring its election promise to introduce child benefit. Field’s admission this week explained … Continue reading

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Memories of Malcolm Wicks, MP who gave people a real voice

My Life, the autobiography of the late Croydon North MP, Malcolm Wicks, is published today. Exclusively here, ALISON BUTLER, who managed his constituency office for more than 20 years, writes of how his memory still brings a fond smile Although … Continue reading

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London Road still bypassed by aid, media and politicians

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The area worst-hit by arson and looting on the night of the riots has never been a priority, right from the moment the first petrol bombs were hurled on August 8, 2011, says PATRICK RATNARAJA London Road has … Continue reading

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Local leader Newman backs Butler in Central selection race

Labour makes its candidate selection for the Croydon Central parliamentary seat from a four-strong all-woman short-list tomorrow, with a leading figure in the party locally warning that they face “one of the toughest of political battles ever”. According to Inside … Continue reading

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