Category Archives: Jason Cummings

Tory quits party over selection for South Croydon safe seat

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports on acrimony and manoeuvrings among the Conservatives over their choice of by-election candidate Danielle “Dani” Denton has been selected by the Conservatives as their candidate in the South Croydon ward by-election … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Fairfield, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

MPs’ gofers and failed businesses: new cabinet’s back-stories

Top team, or top chumps? Town Hall reporter KEN LEE runs the rule over the backgrounds of the new Mayor and his Tory colleagues in charge of delivering £68m-worth of budget cuts over the next two financial years We know … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Andrew Stranack, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Lynne Hale, Maria Gatland, Mayor Jason Perry, Ola Kolade, Scott Roche, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

£100,000 Mayor Perry unveils his old team as the new team

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the completely predictable make-up of the borough’s executive Mayor’s first cabinet, and the wheeling and dealing over who will chair the Town Hall’s most influential committees Given that it took nearly five days to count … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Katherine Kerswell, Lynne Hale, Maria Gatland, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Scott Roche, Sean Fitzsimons, South Croydon, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

More Town Hall secrecy as auditors question Negrini’s pay-off

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A behind-closed-doors meeting this morning discussed the Labour leadership’s controversial £437,000 golden handshake to the ex-CEO, and recommendations over the £67m spent on the Fairfield Halls. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Grant Thornton, the council’s official auditors, have … Continue reading

Posted in Callton Young, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Katherine Kerswell, Lynne Hale, Report in the Public Interest, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

MP Jones accused of breaking Commons rules over leaflet

Sarah Jones, Labour’s MP for Croydon Central, has been accused of breaking parliamentary rules over the use of the Commons logo and her Westminster email address on constituency “updates” which feature her party’s candidate for election as the borough’s first … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Jason Cummings, Sarah Jones MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Further £38.4m to be sliced from next year’s council budget

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Town Hall leadership hoped to keep the latest round of cuts secret until after next week’s referendum, as the consequences of the borough’s bankruptcy start to hit home. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES £12m of adult social care … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Adult Social Care, Callton Young, Croydon Council, GLL - Better, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Leisure services, Libraries, Purley Pool, Richard Ennis, Section 114 notice, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Budget is approved but Labour council haunted by its past

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Back-to-back meetings yesterday pushed through the paperwork to balance the books and increase Council Tax. But Hamida Ali’s administration cannot shake off its part in the borough’s financial calamity. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor With the £120million … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Stranack, Brick by Brick, Chris Buss, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Ian Parker, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Sean Fitzsimons, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Newman presided over ‘shocking bullying’, claims councillor

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Questions have been raised over Labour’s decision not to suspend the former deputy leader of the council, while Town Hall chiefs prepare for a flurry of disciplinary meetings next week Yesterday’s “administrative suspension” of councillors Tony Newman … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Elaine Jackson, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jason Cummings, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

£100m questions on Ali’s ‘transparent, open and honest’ pledge

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the growing row over council secrecy over Brick by Brick and the fire sale of property assets The secrecy over the consequences of the council’s plan to wind-down failed housing developer Brick … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Property, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Newman wins vote but consigns Labour to election misery

TOWN HALL SKETCH: The borough is in the middle of two crises – the coronavirus pandemic and its own financial mess. Yet last night saw the first full meeting of Croydon Council in almost three months, an ’emergency’ meeting only … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Jeet Bains, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Lisa Taylor, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Mario Creatura, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Tories pick Perry as new leader in run-up to local elections

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports as the Town Hall’s opposition Conservatives stage their leadership reshuffle Jason Perry is Croydon’s Conservative opposition’s new leader, elected at a meeting of the borough’s Tory councillors last night. Croydon’s Tories have been enthusiastic … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Sanderstead, South Croydon, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pollard fires starting gun on race to be Croydon Tories’ leader

EXCLUSIVE: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, says that the next local election campaign has  just begun Croydon’s Conservatives have started a search for a new Town Hall leader after Tim Pollard, who has been in the job since 2014, announced … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Helen Pollard, Helen Redfern, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Mario Creatura, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Tory leadership rivals express contempt for Barwell’s team

It would appear that no matter how hard Gavin Barwell and his Croydon cronies try to polish up their CVs after their disastrous couple of years at the heart of one of the most incompetent governments in this country’s long … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Jason Cummings, Mario Creatura, Nero Ughwujabo | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Downing Street orders checks on Barwell’s Croydon cronies

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE on a report which suggest that the mates of the Prime Minister’s chief of staff are being put under pressure Helen MacNamara, the head of ethics at the Cabinet Office, has written to every government … Continue reading

Posted in Gavin Barwell, Jason Cummings, Mario Creatura, Nero Ughwujabo | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Minister quits Cabinet: I couldn’t take more Barwell emails

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the ‘revelation’ that Downing Street’s chief of staff might not be up to the task Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell’s week of Brexit balls-ups just gets worse by the day. Now the former Croydon Central … Continue reading

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Croydon Tories’ Twitter gaffe as they demystify the anus

WALTER CRONXITE on the  latest ham-fisted bungling social media  campaign from the local Conservatives Could Conservatives in Croydon be about to emulate their party colleagues at a national level and stage a leadership contest? After a long, hot and – … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Jason Cummings, Mario Creatura, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Former Woolworths manager is advising PM on politics

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on the latest instance of ‘jobs for the boys’ as the Croydon clique takes a key position in Downing Street At a  time of her greatest political peril, with the looming prospect of a “No … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Jason Cummings, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council gets more secretive over its councillors’ declarations

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on a strange reversal of previous open and transparent Town Hall policy, which is deliberately keeping cabinet members’ interests under cover The Labour group which is running Croydon Council is becoming more secretive by the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Badsha Quadir, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Louisa Woodley, Mario Creatura, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Simon Hall, Simon Hoar, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Negrini faces challenges over ‘shambolic’ election count

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the suggestion that the £200,000 per year council CEO couldn’t organise a rowdy drink-up in a brewery The competence, or lack of it, of the council’s chief executive, Jo Negrini, is being called into … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, Scott Roche, Shirley South | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Now Guido Fawkes is catching up with Barwell’s cronies

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how Westminster political blog Guido Fawkes is following up on Croydon news – six months after it was first published on Inside Croydon On the morning after his boss had taken the nation to … Continue reading

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Third Croydon councillor lands plum job with the Tories

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest instance of jobs for the boys and girls So this is how the Tories fix the unemployment figures: they hand out jobs for the boys (and girls) to their old mates. Jason … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Heathfield, Jason Cummings, Scott Roche, Shirley South, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

New Addington Tories confused about what they stand for

As exclusively revealed by Inside Croydon, the local Tories are putting their ‘B List’ candidates only in less-winnable wards. WALTER CRONXITE reports that it appears that some of those Conservative B-listers don’t seem to understand their own party’s policies When … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Ace Nnorom, Fieldway, Jason Cummings, Neville Dick, New Addington, New Addington North, Tim Pollard, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Speakman speaks truth to the council’s powers-that-be

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a rare outburst of straight talking among our Town Hall elected representatives “Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to say it,” one very senior Labour councillor confided after Monday night’s full council meeting … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Donald Speakman, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Phil Thomas, Purley, South Croydon, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tories pick B-List election candidate. And fail to announce it

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but there is a Conservative candidate for the council by-election, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Croydon Conservatives have chosen their candidate to stand in the South Norwood council by-election on September 7. It is to be Rebecca … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon North, Jason Cummings, Patsy Cummings, Peter Underwood, Sara Bashford, South Norwood, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments