Category Archives: Andrew Stranack

Tory leader Perry shows ruthless streak by sacking Creatura

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest game of musical chairs at the Town Hall Mario Creatura has been sacked from his front bench job with the Town Hall opposition group in a reshuffle of the Croydon’s Conservative councillors … Continue reading

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Council planners forced into U-turn over Hawthorn Crescent

EXCLUSIVE: Brick by Brick scheme to build eight houses for private sale on open green space in Selsdon gets pulled from the planning committee agenda. By BARRATT HOLMES Brick by Brick’s application to build on green space at Hawthorn Crescent … Continue reading

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Green spaces under threat as Scott seeks to ignore covenants

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on the latest Brick by Brick schemes which will concrete over green space, destroy mature trees and even tear up a legal covenant that dates back to the 19th century Thursday’s virtual planning meeting will … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Andrew Stranack, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, Norbury Park, Paul Scott, Planning, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Sherwan Chowdhury | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sainsbury’s joins with charities to help Selsdon Food Hub

Charities, community groups and businesses in Selsdon and Monks Hill have teamed up during the coronavirus emergency to provide shopping to the most vulnerable residents living in the area. The groups include Selsdon Contact, a registered charity which has been … Continue reading

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Only five Croydon Tory councillors listed as ‘Backing Boris’

Croydon Town Hall’s Conservatives are not backing Boris. That’s according to a listing published today by the Boris Johnson leadership campaign which includes just five of Croydon’s 29 Tory councillors, from among 1,000 Conservative elected representatives at local authorities around … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Jason Cummings, Mario Creatura, Neil Garratt, Steve O'Connell, Tim Crowley, Tim Pollard, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayday Hospital is already operating at 100% capacity

Our health correspondent, ALAN FINLAY, on the latest emerging crisis at the borough’s largest hospital, where there can be four-hour waits for emergency beds Mayday Hospital is already been operating at more than 100 per cent capacity for bed use, … Continue reading

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Council cancels meeting that clashes with England match

A key council committee meeting to be held tonight has been cancelled. The health and social care scrutiny meeting was due to take place from 6.30pm – just as Harry Kane and the England team will have been finishing their … Continue reading

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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

Tory MP told to apologise after bad joke about road safety

A Tory MP was forced into an embarrassing U-turn last night, after an attempt to score petty party political points over road safety. Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, was widely criticised on social media after he tweeted … Continue reading

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£180m Fairfield operator contract is called-in for scrutiny

Fifteen Conservative councillors signed official forms to call-in the decision to award the operator contract for the Fairfield Halls, a move which some fear might delay the appointment process, and others have described as petty political point-scoring. The matter will … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, Chris Philp MP, Chris Wright, Donald Speakman, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell, Helen Pollard, James Thompson, Jan Buttinger, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Lynne Hale, Margaret Mead, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Sean Fitzsimons, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council hands Hunt final decision over cuts to IVF treatment

The Council’s health and social care scrutiny committee has thrown a curve ball to the Tory government over cuts in NHS provision by referring the decision to end the provision of IVF fertility treatment in Croydon to Jeremy Hunt, the … Continue reading

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De-selected Pollard quickly finds Fairfield ward an easy Fitze

Congratulations to the Pollard family, who had to go barely 24 hours facing the horrible prospect of living like ordinary, hard-working Croydon residents and no longer receiving their annual “allowances” total of £67,354 for their part-time roles as Croydon councillors. … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Nero tendency: fiddling over the election figures

The few visitors to the public gallery for this week’s council meeting at the Town Hall were treated to a couple of innovations. With the assistance of council officials, Conservative councillor Lynne Hale was able to intersperse her speech with … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Lynne Hale, Sara Bashford, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reed victory sends danger signals to Croydon Tories for 2014

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There was a reason for Steve Reed’s campaign to focus so much on the state of our streets. It was because Labour are planning to clean-up at the next council elections, say ANDREW PELLING Eddy Arram, the neutral … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Ashburton, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Eddy Arram, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Lee Jasper, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mike Fisher, New Addington, Shirley, Simon Hoar, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pelling predicts: Croydon by-election will set a record of sorts

ANDREW PELLING, a former Croydon MP, councillor and London Assembly member, has been following the by-election campaign and here analyses the high points and low marks of the past six weeks in a giant constituency which today will set a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Lee Jasper, Malcolm Wicks MP, Marisha Ray, Shasha Khan, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pelling predicts: by-election a battle for minor places

As the polling stations open across Croydon North this morning, Andrew Pelling, Inside Croydon‘s chief political correspondent, is predicting that the by-election will be won by Labour’s Steve Reed with an increased share of the vote. The parliamentary by-election is … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon North, Lee Jasper, Malcolm Wicks MP, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A week’s a very long time in politics for unbriefed Jasper

By Steven Downes, Editor, InsideCroydon.com Lee Jasper, after admitting that he has been using fake Twitter accounts to boost his by-election campaign, showed today that if elected as an MP he could struggle to keep pace with the volume of … Continue reading

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Cooper condemns government’s betrayal of London Road

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, has condemned the London Mayor’s plan to divert millions of pounds of riot compensation cash from Croydon’s victims of rioting in order to cover-up his planned cuts in policing. On a visit to Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 8/8: London Road stories, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Business, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, London Road Traders Association, Policing, Steve Reed MP, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Green leader visits Upper Norwood to back candidate Khan

They make politicians in a tougher mould in Australia, as Natalie Bennett, the British Green party’s new leader, demonstrated yesterday when she was in great robust form when she came to support Shasha Khan, her party’s candidate for the Croydon … Continue reading

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Election coverage coming to a computer screen near you soon

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP: Politicians, promises, statistics and the truth. They don’t often mix well. That’s something that internet viewers will be able to see proven on Croydon TV when they broadcast this week’s party campaigning in the Croydon North by-election. They … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon North, Croydon TV, Gavin Barwell, Local media, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shy Tories? Or sly Tories? Second video fails to mention party

Political Scrapbook has turned up another local Tory election video which makes no mention of the party that Andy Stranack is seeking election for in Croydon North on November 29. For this to happen once might be careless, but twice? … Continue reading

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Stranack runs election video with no mention of toxic Tories

As far as the Croydon North by-election is concerned, even Conservatives now think that the Tories are toxic. As Inside Croydon noted earlier this week, Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central who is “masterminding” (in the loosest sense) the … Continue reading

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Reed’s challenge letter “reveals flaws in his candidacy”

After having run a near flawless campaign thus far, Labour’s Steve Reed has managed to score two own goals ahead of the Croydon North by-election on November 29. The Conservatives’ campaign manager Gavin Barwell – presumably still drawing his parliamentary … Continue reading

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Union pulls out of hustings over exclusion of six candidates

One of the country’s biggest trades unions, the PCS, has pulled out of sponsorship and organisation of a hustings debate planned to be held in Thornton Heath on Tuesday evening because half the candidates for the November 29 Croydon North … Continue reading

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Has Tory campaign taken a leaf out of Lynton Crosby’s book?

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP: Into the final fortnight of the Croydon North by-election, and things are starting to get a little bit nasty. Earlier today, UKIP blew the “dog-whistle” on gay marriage and religion with a visit from the party leader, Nigel … Continue reading

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