Category Archives: Mayor of London

So farewell, then, Steve O’Connell. Here’s what you achieved

As the curtain falls on the long and very well-paid career in local politics of Steve O’Connell (pictured right),  who is standing down from public office today, Inside Croydon pays tribute to the Conservative councillor for Kenley and the Assembly … Continue reading

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Tories are tipped to cling on to Croydon and Sutton seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: With just hours to go before the polling stations open, WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, offers some important advice to make  sure that your votes count After a turgid campaign that has lasted, off and on because … Continue reading

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#Binmageddon: Binface out-foxes rubbish Mayor candidates

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE says that after an over-long and extremely lacklustre London election  campaign, there has been one bright spot – and it’s not been Tory Shaun Bailey’s joke candidacy It has been a very long, and very tedious, … Continue reading

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Mayor’s relocation plans place City Hall on ‘at risk’ register

The 20th Century Society expresses fears for landmark building and for under-threat social housing at Cressingham Gardens On the eve of the sixth election for the Mayor of London, City Hall, the building which has been the home of the … Continue reading

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Silvertown build costs Khan backing from Friends of the Earth

The hugely polluting Silvertown Tunnel scheme, backed by both Labour’s Sadiq Khan and the Tories’ Shaun Bailey, could see both candidates in Thursday’s Mayor election lose the support of Londoners who are rightly concerned about the climate crisis and the … Continue reading

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Fines, arrests and car seizures as police lockdown on ‘cruise’

For a second successive week, the Metropolitan Police were out in force last night at Valley Park, off the Purley Way, in a crackdown on the high-speed motor “Croydon cruise”. The police said that they stopped hundreds of people and … Continue reading

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Detective faces hearing over ‘racially offensive’ game names

The Metropolitan Police will hold a disciplinary hearing next week into the conduct of a Croydon-based detective, who it is claimed used “racially offensive nicknames” when playing computer games. Detective Sergeant Neil Buckmaster will “answer allegations that his conduct amounts … Continue reading

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Candidates Khan and Bailey set for citizens’ ‘accountability’

More than 3,000 community leaders and members from Citizens UK’s alliances across London will tonight champion the problems affecting their communities, and put the candidates for London Mayor on the spot at an event they are calling an “Accountability Assembly”. … Continue reading

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Police investigating cause of blaze at Thornton Heath flats

Around 40 residents of a block of flats in Thornton Heath had to be evacuated last night when fire raged up the outside of the building. Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to Crystal Court, on Woodville … Continue reading

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Delay in despatching ballot papers could reduce vote numbers

EXCLUSIVE: The distribution of postal ballots for council by-elections is running behind schedule, reports STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council’s struggles to administer even the most straightforward of matters could reduce the number of residents taking part in the borough’s five ward … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Croydon Council, Katherine Kerswell, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Greens’ Berry slams council: ‘This shouldn’t have happened’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Tenants of flooded and mouldy council flats fell through the gaps of a broken system, according to the Green Party’s candidate for London Mayor, Sian Berry. EXCLUSIVE by CLARA MURRAY Sian Berry has slammed the conditions in … Continue reading

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Police break up illegal high-speed ‘cruise’ in retail park

The Metropolitan Police were out in force last night at Croydon’s Valley Park to take action in dealing with what has become a weekly “cruise” meeting. The gathering of often high-powered cars and motorbikes, attracting crowds of spectators, has been … Continue reading

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Tory Assembly candidate in racism row over stop and search

Election candidates have not been subject to the kind of public scrutiny they might have expected pre-covid, and online hustings last week demonstrated why such questioning is so necessary. By STEVEN DOWNES Neil “Father Jack” Garratt, the Conservative candidate for … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Crime, Knife crime, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Neil Garratt, Patsy Cummings, Peter Underwood, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ombudsman starts investigation into damp and mouldy flats

Croydon’s Labour-run council is likely to come under renewed pressure to publish the findings of its “urgent” investigation into the appalling conditions in residential towers in South Norwood, after the Housing Ombudsman announced today a full-scale national investigation of his … Continue reading

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Prompt action saves lives from fire in South Croydon flats

Firefighters rescued a man and led a family to safety from a flat fire on Dornton Road in South Croydon in the early hours of this morning. Part of a flat on the first floor of a converted detached house … Continue reading

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Garratt and Cummings finally agree to debate climate crisis

It took them a while but, finally, the two frontrunners in the race to be Croydon and Sutton’s London Assembly Member have agreed to take part in an online hustings organised by the Friends of the Earth’s Croydon Climate Action … Continue reading

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Khan’s lead at the polls could be enough to elect Cummings

If the pollsters have got their numbers right, history could be about to be made in next month’s London Assembly elections, according to our resident psephologist WALTER CRONXITE This time next month, for the first time in history, Croydon and … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Claire Bonham, Croydon Greens, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Peter Underwood, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

BME Forum ‘deeply troubled’ by Johnson’s racism report

Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic Forum has entered the row over the government’s controversial racism report that was published this week, saying that they were “deeply troubled” by its findings. The report has been accused this week of cherry-picking “data … Continue reading

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Gammons and other chancers among 20 Mayor candidates

“Jeez.” That was the one-word reaction of Tim Donovan, the long-standing political editor of BBC London, when he saw the full horror of the 20 runners and riders in the race to be Mayor of London. Poor old Tim, who … Continue reading

Posted in London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, Sian Berry | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hayward promoted to investigate Regina Road scandal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A controversial former Labour council leader is promoted and given a possible £40,000 pay rise by Hamida Ali in the latest round of musical chairs at the Town Hall. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Sarah Hayward has been … Continue reading

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Tenants in rushed evacuation from South Norwood block

There were chaotic scenes outside the block of council flats on Regina Road this afternoon as tenants were being hurriedly evacuated from the building by Croydon Council staff. Some of those being moved complained of heavy-handed tactics, as they clutched … Continue reading

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‘Appalled’ Jenrick seeks ‘urgent answers’ over Croydon flats

Croydon Council has been roundly criticised for its failures to act over the chronic and dangerous water leaks and long-term damp in its block of flats in South Norwood. The appalling conditions – described as “the worst I have ever … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Sadiq Khan, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Tories O’Connell and Mohan stand down from council

Two senior Conservative councillors, Steve O’Connell and Vidhi Mohan, announced today that they are standing down from the council. It brings to five the number of ward by-elections that will need to be staged on May 6, the same day … Continue reading

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Dog owners warned thieves operating in South Croydon

Dog owners in South Croydon have been warned to be vigilant while out walking their prized pooches, after tell-tale signs suggesting that thieves may be operating in the area were found by gardeners at a local church. Plastic ties fixed … Continue reading

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Organisers cancel South Norwood ‘Reclaim These Streets’ vigil

Organisers of a vigil this evening at Norwood Junction say they have abandoned their plans “with a heavy heart”, following yesterday’s High Court ruling that banned an event being held at Clapham Common to protest against violence, following the abduction … Continue reading

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