Category Archives: Caragh Skipper

Newman hand-picks ‘Secret Seven’ to check on finance panel

EXCLUSIVE: The beleaguered council leader has moved to avoid  being held responsible for the borough’s massive £1.5bn debt and huge over-spend, reports KEN LEE A group of councillors, secretly hand-picked by Tony Newman, will meet tonight to discuss the council’s … Continue reading

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Labour Party orders Newman to cancel his planned group AGM

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports on the latest setback for the council leader, and a financial blow for one of his most loyal supporters Tony Newman, the Labour leader at Croydon Town Hall, has been dealt another blow after being … Continue reading

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Newman switches planning chair before remote meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the latest behind-the-scenes shenanigans going on at the Town Hall The fix is in. Two days before the Croydon planning committee is due to meet for the foregone conclusion of approving a Brick by Brick … Continue reading

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Newman’s ‘virtually all there’ for his secret Town Hall meeting

The government finally moved late last week to make it legally possible for local authorities to stage “virtual” council meetings, and to continue with a semblance of Town Hall business during the covid-19 lockdown. Yet less than 48 hours before … Continue reading

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Newman feels pressure as Fairfield selection referred for review

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how an internal party scandal is about to cause more discomfort for the Croydon council leader As council leader Tony Newman comes under increasing pressure over a range of policy failures, while the Democratically Elected … Continue reading

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Newman stifles report which alleges conspiracy over selection

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a leaked report over the rumbling row in Croydon Labour over a selection stitch-up that saw Tony Newman’s favoured candidate put forward for last November’s Fairfield council by-election A internal party report, leaked to … Continue reading

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Campaigns committee has mounting questions for Newman

Questions over the mishandling of Labour’s candidate selection for the Fairfield ward council by-election last month are mounting for Tony Newman. Newman leads the Labour group at Croydon Town Hall in an autocratic style, using hundreds of thousands of pounds … Continue reading

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Labour win Fairfield by-election despite 10% vote drop

WALTER CRONXITE crunches the numbers after a council by-election where the biggest losers were the residents of Croydon Jack Buck, the Labour Party paid employee who fixed the Fairfield ward selection so that his friend, Caragh Skipper, could be nominated … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Andrew Rendle, Caragh Skipper, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Jose Joseph, Mario Creatura, Niro Sirisena, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour election worries: ‘We’re heading for an unholy Buck up’

Jack Buck, the Labour Party employee who last month was at the centre of a candidate selection fix for the Fairfield by-election, has ordered party members in the borough to ignore that scandal and to turn out for canvassing sessions. … Continue reading

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‘He’s running scared’: Newman cancels Town Hall meetings

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports from the Town Hall, where the council leader is playing hard to get Tony Newman, Labour’s leader on Croydon Council, has cancelled December’s full meeting of the council, using the General Election on December 12 … Continue reading

Posted in Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Croydon Central, Fairfield, Jose Joseph, Niro Sirisena, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Creatura reported for fly-tipping during his rubbish campaign

Those who suspected that next week’s Fairfield council by-election might turn out to be… well, a bit rubbish, have been proved right. A pile of dumped Tory leaflets were discovered in the town centre last week, slowly turning to mush … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Caragh Skipper, Croydon Central, Esther Sutton, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Jose Joseph, Mary Croos, Niro Sirisena, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Momentum demand inquiry into Fairfield selection scandal

Nearly a month since their self-proclaimed founder resigned as a councillor following a “serious incident”, Croydon Momentum have finally broken their silence over the scandal and shambles of the Labour Party selection for the Fairfield ward by-election. In their belated … Continue reading

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Labour meeting to consider move to boycott Fairfield campaign

The pressure on Tony Newman as leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council continues to mount, as one of Croydon’s three constituency Labour parties will this week consider a motion that “deplores the behaviour of the council leadership” over … Continue reading

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Ex-Labour councillor Rendle stands for LibDems in Fairfield

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on one of the more intriguing twists to emerge from the nominations for next month’s council by-election It is often said that the Liberal Democrats in Croydon stage their meetings in a phone box. To … Continue reading

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Newman accused of ‘evil stitch-up’ over Fairfield candidate

STEVEN DOWNES reports on allegations of bullying and racism within the Croydon Labour Party after the local leadership fails to nominate a democratically selected candidate for a ward by-election The Labour Party in Croydon is in turmoil today, after council … Continue reading

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Surrey Street stall-holder picked to run in Fairfield by-election

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest blow to the leadership of the local Labour Party Jose Joseph, a stall-holder in Croydon’s historic Surrey Street Market, was selected last night to be the Labour Party’s candidate in the Fairfield ward … Continue reading

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Skipper named in Labour’s five-woman shortlist for Norbury

The Norbury and Pollards Hill council by-election will be staged on March 14, but there has already been some manoeuvring over candidate selection by Labour, as WALTER CRONXITE reports As was entirely predictable, Caragh Skipper, Croydon Labour leader Tony Newman’s … Continue reading

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Labour to have all-woman shortlist for Norbury by-election

Labour is to have an all-woman shortlist to select its candidate for the by-election in Norbury and Pollards Hill. The council has yet to announce a date for the by-election, which has been caused following the death last month of … Continue reading

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Could Newman back ‘shoot Trump’ Skipper for Assembly?

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE has found Croydon Town Hall’s political ‘elite’ on manoeuvres, hopeful of selection for bigger, better allowances. But is the local Labour leader going to back a complete outsider? Despite campaign groundwork being laid for a snap … Continue reading

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Boundary changes seem to cement Town Hall’s political divide

Calling in the Boundary Commissioners may have fixed the political map of Croydon for years to come, as WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, reports Labour’s generally underwhelming result in the Croydon council election last week does not look so bad … Continue reading

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Under-pressure Newman ‘declares war’ on Croydon South CLP

WALTER CRONXITE on the latest outbreak of churlishness from a council leader who has under-performed Tony Newman, following Croydon Labour’s performance at the polls on Thursday, chose to begin their new four-year term in charge of the Town Hall by … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Caragh Skipper, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The more things change, the more they stay just the same

Bleary-eyed after just a couple of hours’ sleep, our political editor WALTER CRONXITE has been crunching some numbers on the local election results Four years ago, the Prime Minister was David Cameron, Nick Clegg was leader of the LibDems and … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Ashburton, Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Fairfield, Mary Croos, Niro Sirisena, Shirley, Tony Newman, Waddon, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gerrymandering suspicions surface on streets of Addiscombe

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: After months of delays, a road in what Labour calls a ‘key marginal’ ward is suddenly to be resurfaced. Some are suggesting the council work is being co-ordinated to favour Labour’s local election candidates. WALTER CRONXITE reports Residents … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Caragh Skipper, Joseph Lee, Maddie Henson, Paul Scott, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Nine months on, and Labour still selecting election candidates

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how the ruling party in Croydon is struggling to find candidates for all the borough’s wards Today marks 60 days until the Town Hall elections on May 3. Yet Croydon Labour still hasn’t managed … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Caragh Skipper, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Selsdon & Ballards, Shirley South, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments