Category Archives: John Wentworth

Cummings goes public with bid for London Assembly selection

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on an email to Croydon Labour group from a South Norwood councillor that seems to suggest she has the backing of Tony Newman Patsy Cummings wasted little time after the Christmas holidays to confirm … Continue reading

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Posted in Bensham Manor, Jamie Audsley, John Wentworth, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cabinet member accuses Tory councillor of ‘stalking’ her

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on a heated debate in the chamber this week The first full council meeting of 2018 descended into acrimony and insults, as shocking details continue to emerge regarding Croydon’s failing children services department, with one … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alisa Flemming, Andrew Stranack, Children's Services, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Heathfield, John Wentworth, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour’s new slate in Fairfield as Momentum makes a mark

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, with the latest weekly round-up of the ins, and outs, in a tortuous selection process Boundary changes, demographic changes and the Jeremy Corbyn-inspired swing towards Labour has made Fairfield ward in the town centre a … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe West, Alisa Flemming, Carole Bonner, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Fieldway, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Mary Croos, New Addington North, Niro Sirisena, Pat Ryan, Patricia Hay-Justice, Patsy Cummings, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Sue Winborn, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Labour deputy leader Butler is under threat of de-selection

Croydon Labour’s long-delayed local election candidate selection process is beginning to look like a cross between House of Cards and Game of Thrones, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Alison Butler, the all-powerful deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Rendle, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Humayun Kabir, Jamie Audsley, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Karen Jewitt, Louisa Woodley, Maggie Mansell, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mike Selva, New Addington, Norbury, Oliver Lewis, Shafi Khan, Sherwan Chowdhury, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Football-watching Labour councillor to stand down at election

KEN LEE on the announcement from Steve Reed OBE’s agent that he has gone out and found a proper job One of the leading members of the Blairite clique which controls the Labour group on Croydon Council is standing down. … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alisa Flemming, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Cummings sees off Blairite campaign with win on first ballot

WALTER CRONXITE reports from South Norwood on what may prove to be a significant Labour selection decision In the end, it wasn’t even close. Labour’s selection meeting to choose a candidate to stand in the forthcoming South Norwood by-election overwhelmingly … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Kathy Bee, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cummings selection video highlights fault-lines in local Labour

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest public arm-wrestle among the Blairites and Corbyn supporters in the party in Croydon Labour’s selection of a candidate to stand for the council vacancy in South Norwood in a by-election to be staged in … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croydon North, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Karen Jewitt, Patsy Cummings, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Little Progress in Croydon, as Newman backs another loser

WALTER CRONXITE says there were plenty of Croydon mentions at the Labour conference, but few signs that those in charge of the local party are about the embrace enthusiasm for the leadership any time soon As Croydon’s Labour politicians and … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, David White, Housing, Jane Avis, Jo Negrini, John Wentworth, Karen Jewitt, Sadiq Khan, Sarah Jones MP, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Sshhh! Smith visits Croydon, but Reed forgets to tell anyone

Sssshhhh! Keep it quiet, but Steve Reed OBE’s secret campaign to undermine and unseat the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party came to central Croydon this morning with a visit of the challenger, Owen Smith. Not that Reed, vice-chairman … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, John Wentworth, Norbury, Sarah Jones MP, Shafi Khan, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Pollard’s Tories too timid in their call to axe 10 councillors

Croydon Council Tax-payers are subsidising the local Conservative and Labour parties to the tune of nearly £100,000 per year. No wonder the duopoly at the Town Hall don’t want to make any serious reductions to the number of councillors, reports … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Broad Green, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, John Wentworth, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Labour members get chance to ask Reed about Corbyn coup

Labour members in Croydon North, who Steve Reed OBE, the constituency MP, refused to answer with a frank explanation of his position over the party’s leadership, have the chance to get up close and personal with Progress vice-chair this Saturday … Continue reading

Posted in Catriona Ogilvy, Croydon North, David Wood, John Wentworth, Selhurst, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour members investigate how to oust Blairite MP Reed

More details have emerged from the Croydon North Labour annual meeting a fortnight ago which demonstrate that the power struggle in the party nationally between Blairites and supporters of Jeremy Corbyn is also being played out fiercely at local level. … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greens come close to unseating Progress in library dispute

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a Lambeth by-election result which offers a warning to Croydon Labour Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Lambeth South/Croydon North (delete to distaste) got a bit of a warning overnight, after a Lambeth council by-election … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Football-watching councillors are rewarded with promotions

WALTER CRONXITE, our man outside the Town Hall with a Yorkie bar and Mike Fisher’s discarded copy of the Racing Post, sees a clear message in the latest council cabinet reshuffle: mediocrity will be rewarded in Croydon Tony Newman, Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Callton Young, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Kathy Bee, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Newman snubbed as Labour group gives backing to Collins

After spending a couple of hours sitting in the shadow of the Clocktower nursing a half-finished pint of lukewarm Stella, WALTER CRONXITE reports on last night’s meeting which, if it wasn’t the end of the beginning, might be remembered as … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, John Wentworth, Mark Watson, Pat Clouder, Patricia Hay-Justice, Paul Scott, Phil Thomas, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bungling Newman sets up Collins for deputy leader contest

Tony Newman, Croydon’s Labour council leader, seems primed to torpedo his councillors’ own local election prospects with his latest piece of old pals’ act patronage. In the past 18 months, through poorly presented and badly timed policy announcements issued from Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Addiscombe West, Alison Butler, Broad Green, Croydon Council, John Wentworth, Maddie Henson, Mark Watson, Oliver Lewis, Pat Clouder, Patricia Hay-Justice, Paul Scott, Sarah Jones MP, Stuart Collins, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Only 700 respond to survey that excludes library users

GENE BRODIE, our libraries and bookish gyms correspondent, on the council’s latest crass move over another bogus-looking consultation Croydon’s Labour-run council is being accused of trying to “fix” the borough’s latest consultation on the running of its public libraries, by … Continue reading

Posted in Carillion, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Job losses and volunteer libraries leaves us feeling let down

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Public library provision is a statutory requirement for local authorities such as Croydon. But they also represent a soft target when councils want to make cuts. ROBERT GIBSON says that the funding announcement for Crystal Palace’s library is … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Greenwich Leisure, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council accused of ‘shoddy’ deal on Crystal Palace library

Our libraries and bookish gyms correspondent, GENE BRODIE, reports that there’s a sense of “glass half-empty” over Croydon’s grant for Upper Norwood Library A row has broken out between trustees and library campaigners over Croydon Council’s £85,000 per year, two-year … Continue reading

Posted in Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Timothy Godfrey, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Having a ‘mare: Newman could use chance for a reshuffle

Punch and Judy’s back on at the Town Hall tomorrow night, with the latest full meeting of the council. Nothing of note is likely to be decided. Little of real interest will be announced. That’s transparent and accountable democracy in … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Bernadette Khan, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Louisa Woodley, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mike Selva, New Addington, Patricia Hay-Justice, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The year in review, as it really happened inside Croydon

2015 marked the fifth year of publication of Inside Croydon, and we’re proud to continue to offer truly independent coverage of what is really happening in the borough, the unvarnished truth, without influence or favours from the speculators or politicians, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Boris Johnson, Boxpark, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, CPO, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Education, Emily Benn, Environment, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Inside Croydon, Jo Negrini, John Wentworth, Julie Belvir, Mario Creatura, Pat Ryan, Peter Underwood, Planning, Schools, Steve Reed MP, Stiles Harold Williams, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Newman’s failures to act widen his credibility deficit

CROYDON COMMENTARY: If our council really wants to improve the borough’s reputation, then they need to consider carefully their own behaviour, writes STEVEN DOWNES Council leader Tony Newman is suffering a credibility deficit, as fewer than 1 in 5 of … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman | 1 Comment

Ryan and Wentworth ‘apologise’, but public know the score

When is an apology not an apology? When it’s based on an arse-covering, self-justifying lie. That seems to be case with the pair of Palace fans who wandered into a Croydon Council meeting on Monday night, Upper Norwood “councillors” Pat … Continue reading

Posted in Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon in crisis. Councillors watch football on the telly

Inside Croydon’s Editor, STEVEN DOWNES, on the latest shabby episode in the Town Hall chamber This was the scene in Croydon Town Hall during a full meeting of the council last night. Two well-paid local councillors engrossed in the Crystal … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Nathan Elvery, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

MP Reed ‘committed’ to funding for Upper Norwood Library

Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Croydon North, has sent the Save the Upper Norwood Library campaign a supportive message as the campaigners try to stop the “decommissioning” of their library services as part of Lambeth Council’s scheme to close … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments