Category Archives: Mayor of London

LibDem campaign disarray over candidate’s antisemitic tirade

Well, that didn’t last long. Geeta Sidhu-Robb has been forced out of the race to be the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for London Mayor after it was revealed she had delivered a public antisemitic tirade in 1997, when a Tory parliamentary … Continue reading

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LibDems finally reveal candidates to run for London Mayor

The human dynamos who run the Liberal Democrat party today finally got round to naming their candidates for selection to be the fourth-placed finisher in next May’s London Mayoral election – a mere six weeks after their original choice announced … Continue reading

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Train on a free course to help others suffering the covid blues

The council is offering a two-day online course for residents to become mental health “first aiders”. Funded by Transport for London and the council, the course is in response to findings from charity Mind which showed the scale of the … Continue reading

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Loss of free travel for children is another Tory-made mess

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Tory transport minister is ‘stealing free travel from young Londoners just when they need it most’. By CAROLINE RUSSELL, the Green Party London Assembly Member Schools are now going back but nobody can yet tell under-18s in … Continue reading

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Met Police suffers £1bn ‘daylight robbery’ from Tories

The capital is being “ludicrously short-changed” by the anti-London Tory government, after it received as much as four times less funding from the government’s Safer Streets scheme than smaller regions of the country with lesser amounts of crime, according to … Continue reading

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Now is not time to play politics with London’s public transport

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Regular readers have seen through the political shenanigans over fare rises forced on London by central government. DAN MAERTENS, pictured right, says that we should be helping our public transport system and curbing the use of  private vehicles … Continue reading

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Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

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Tories impose inflation-busting fares increase on Londoners

Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze will be ended in January, just weeks before the London elections take place, as JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, reports Fares on Transport for London-operated buses, Tubes, trains and trams will rise by a “punitive” 2.6 … Continue reading

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Ex-councillor admits he was wrong over Westfield scheme

A former deputy council leader has spoken publicly about their deep regret for their part in bringing developers, such as Westfield, to their town centre, leaving it as “a tragedy of a place now”. “There’s plenty of nostalgia and lots … Continue reading

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Wok fire leaves London Road restaurant badly damaged

Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters were called to a restaurant on London Road in Croydon yesterday, after oil in a wok caught fire, heating a steel extractor hood and setting light to the building’s timber frame. No one … Continue reading

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London’s free school travel to end in October, Tories insist

The Conservatives – the party of “Maggie Thatcher – Milk Snatcher!” when they took away kids’ school milk in the 1970s – is now pushing ahead with demands to remove free travel on London’s buses, Tubes and trams for most … Continue reading

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Conservatives’ anti-London policies have put Bailey in the dock

Covid-19 forced the postponement of the London elections in May. Now, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports, with candidates dropping out and the dire performance of the Tory candidate, the capital is destined to endure the ‘forgotten election’ So … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Boris Johnson, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Rory Stewart, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Covid outbreak takes seven Surrey fire engines out of service

The fire brigade in neighbouring Surrey has been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus which has placed nearly one-third of the county’s full-time fire engines out of service. According to the Fire Brigades Union, the outbreak has occurred after Surrey … Continue reading

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Leaderless LibDems now lose their London Mayor candidate

The Liberal Democrats, without a party leader for more than six months, have now lost their London Mayoral candidate, too, after Siobhan Benita withdrew from the contest this morning. What is often regarded as a “two-horse race” between Labour and … Continue reading

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Residents’ associations angrily reject Scott’s concrete plans

Croydon’s housing targets are out-of-step with the Mayor’s London Plan, and residents are on the warpath against the Town Hall’s planning chief, reports BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent When Paul Scott, the architect behind Croydon’s disastrous planning and housing policies, … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Geoff James, HADRA, Housing, Kenley, Mayor of London, Old Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

There’s no masking fact that covid-19 infection is on rise again

Croydon’s newly installed ceremonial Mayor admits she has been affected by covid-19, yet did not wear a mask or practice social distancing on her first two engagements, while Public Health England reports an increase in virus infection rates in some … Continue reading

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Police receive complaint after Wellesley Road #BLM incident

Croydon Police are dealing with a complaint after a violent incident on Wellesley Road on Friday in which a young black man was chased and restrained by at least eight officers after a brief chase. The Police say that no … Continue reading

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UnFairbnb: Council has nothing to show for £200,000 spend

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, provides a reminder of another significant amount of council cash that was poorly spent – but helped line the pockets of ‘friends and family’ of the Town Hall’s Labour leadership Do you remember … Continue reading

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Pressure on Negrini to take a pay cut like Mayor Khan

By PAUL SPALDING London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to cut his own pay by 10 per cent as part of his response to the financial crisis brought on by coronavirus. Khan said he was taking an immediate reduction to his … Continue reading

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What might have been: how Croydon Trams should have grown

Have you ever wondered what the Croydon Tram network might look like if the Crystal Palace extension, or the much-talked-about Sutton line, had ever been built? Loyal reader Anthony Norris-Watson certainly, and he put together something which Ken Livingstone or … Continue reading

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Police are ‘enduring a challenging period’ during lockdown

Croydon’s police are “enduring a challenging period”, and face a busy weekend with officers being deployed in central London for tomorrow’s Black Lives Matter demonstration, as well as two similar events planned in the borough itself. That’s according to a … Continue reading

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‘Utter disgrace’: 2,000 buildings still at risk from cladding

Three years since 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower disaster, more than 2,000 high-risk residential buildings are still covered with dangerous cladding, according to a parliamentary committee. The situation has been slammed as “an utter disgrace” by the Fire … Continue reading

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Assembly told track and trace app ‘may not work’ in London

The government’s self-acclaimed “world-beating” track and trace app won’t be available for use in London “until the autumn”, and even then, it may not work properly in the capital. That was the stark assessment of a key tool in Prime … Continue reading

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Call for clubs to condemn Football Lads’ Whitehall protest

Hundreds of far-right hooligans, calling themselves “Football Lads”, are planning to descend on London on Saturday to confront the next Black Lives Matter protest. They say that they want to “defend” the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square and the … Continue reading

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Tin-eared Tories look to dump Bailey’s lacklustre Mayor bid

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how the Conservatives are beginning to panic over their gormless candidate for London Mayor Reports emerged overnight that the Tories are giving serious consideration to dumping their candidate for London Mayor, Shaun Bailey. As … Continue reading

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