Category Archives: Ken Livingstone

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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Posted in Boris Johnson, Commuting, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sutton Link, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Councils considering reviving Crystal Palace tram extension

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on moves to implement a long-promised improvement to the public transport system The on-off-on-off-on again-off again extension of the Croydon tram network to Crystal Palace could be… on again. But this time, it is Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Stuart King, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

City Hall finances means no happy ending for trams fairy story

There was a time, not so long ago, when London had a well-funded, well-thought-out public transport network. Or was it just a fairy story? Following yesterday’s exclusive Inside Croydon report about how capital works on the tram network are to … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

‘Deep suspicion’ over Mayor plans for National Sports Centre

The future of the athletics stadium at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is under threat once again, as the Mayor of London is staging the latest round of “consultations” on the badly neglected, once internationally renowned facility. Campaigners have … Continue reading

Posted in Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Football, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Sadiq Khan, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon condemned for ‘cultural apartheid’ over music ban

One of the country’s most prominent black activists has condemned Croydon Council’s suppression of its own report into the town centre’s night-time economy. Lee Jasper has described Croydon police’s “bashment ban” – withholding licences from nightclubs that want to play … Continue reading

Posted in Amy Lamé Limited, Andy Tarrant, Business, Callton Young, Croydon Council, Dance, Jeff Boothe, Jo Negrini, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Music, Policing, Pubs, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Transport and housing need old policies, not New Labour ones

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A new era has begun for the capital. After an historic election, STEVEN DOWNES reports on the role of a Croydon property developer in Sadiq Khan’s campaign, and how that creates a challenge for the new Mayor of … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

In low-key election, the Tories’ invisible man should win

Two years ago, WALTER CRONXITE correctly predicted the 40/30 seat result in the Croydon Council elections. Last year, he said Croydon Central was “too close to call”. So, will he be right in his prediction of tomorrow’s Croydon and Sutton … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Fiona Twycross, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

London’s eight wasted years under Tory Mayor Johnson

As Boris Johnson wafts through his final days in power at City Hall – much like the manner in which he has wafted through the previous 2,922 days in office – WALTER CRONXITE tries to find what the Tory Mayor … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Khan braced for Tory attacks as poll gives him 20% lead

In what is probably the final, meaningful opinion poll (oxymoron klaxon) before voting in the London elections next Thursday, Labour’s Sadiq Khan – “the council estate boy from south London” – appears on track to become the capital’s third mayor, … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Pidgeon, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bungling Boris loses £900m and jeopardises tram extension

Financial and project mismanagement on a multi-million-pound scale under Boris Johnson means that whoever is elected to succeed London’s Tory Mayor in May will not have so much money available for major capital projects, such as the much-promised Tramlink extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Evening Boris, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

TfL takeover of commuter train service is eight years overdue

And so the political chicanery by the public school boys begins. One Old Etonian Tory, Boris Johnson, this morning handed another Old Etonian Tory, Zac Goldsmith, a parting gift as London Mayor when he announced that Transport for London is … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Caroline Pidgeon, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Coulsdon, East Croydon, Gavin Barwell, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross, West Croydon, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour picks Assembly candidate with fewer than 600 votes

Amid all the “excitement” and “euphoria” (those are not entirely the right words, but you’ll know what we mean) surrounding Corbynmania over the weekend and the election of Labour’s party leader and London Mayoral candidate, one other selection took place, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Croydon North, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Louisa Woodley, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sarah Jones MP, Steve O'Connell, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Khan-do attitude sees off challenge from Blairite baroness

Sadiq Khan, the south London MP who had financial backing for his campaign from a Croydon property developer, has been selected to be Labour’s candidate to run for London Mayor next year. The announcement, made at the Festival Hall at … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, John Wentworth, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sutton Council, Tessa Jowell, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hustings where a Dame turned into a pantomime villain

Inside Croydon’s Editor, STEVEN DOWNES, managed his own bit of entryism to report from the far-left corner of last night’s Labour hustings at Ruskin House There was an end-of-term feeling about it all. And with the headmistress missing, there was … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Bikes, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Central, Cycling, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sarah Jones MP, Tessa Jowell, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon warns against creating “the slums of the future”

ANDREW PELLING, pictured left, reports from the Labour party conference in Manchester, where Croydon councillors are out in force lobbying for the borough With Labour eyeing a return to power at Westminster after next May’s General Election, it is of … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Addiscombe West, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Sarah Jones MP, Sean Fitzsimons, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Rogers calls on planners to build homes in “empty” Croydon

One of the world’s leading architects has called for the radical re-building of central Croydon to provide homes to help meet the national housing crisis. “You could put two new towns in the centre of Croydon without any problem because … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Environment, Housing, Ken Livingstone, Planning, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mayor Boris Johnson’s back on familiar track with his tram lies

The witless bumbling of Boris Johnson, the part-time London Mayor, is well known to the people of London Road and the riot victims who were promised much by the Bullingdon Club Old Etonian, but who have received little. But as … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Has George Galloway lost his Respect for Croydon?

Despite promises made a few months ago of being in south London politics for the long-term, George Galloway’s Respect Party may not being fielding a single candidate in Croydon’s local council elections in May. Lee Jasper, Respect’s candidate in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2014 council elections, Croydon North, Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Livingstone’s having a laugh in Croydon: May 17

It’s a good job Ken Livingstone says he will not seek elected office again, because he would never again be able to refute suggestions that he’s a right comedian after this Friday night in Croydon. The former Mayor of London … Continue reading

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Newman calls on Merton to honour Ken’s incinerator pledge

Tony Newman, the leader of the opposition Labour group on Croydon Council, has called on his counterpart at Merton, Stephen Alambritis, to do the decent thing and get his council to withdraw its approval of the south London incinerator planned … Continue reading

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What a picture: Reed campaign’s photographic memories

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP: Another day, another photo-call. Politics, 2012 style, demands that election candidates are high-profile and seen in as many favourable situations as possible. So it is that Steve Reed, the Labour candidate for Croydon North, seems to have posed … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Boris Johnson, Croydon North, Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, Mayor of London, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ken’s Croydon visit sees the “two-horse race” run again

Any hopes that Lee Jasper might have had that his former boss, Ken Livingstone, would back his campaign for election to parliament as the Respect candidate in Croydon North look set to be dashed on Wednesday morning. Livingstone, the former … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Croydon North, Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, Malcolm Wicks MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The end of Allders: a timeline to oblivion

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The decline of Allders is partly a story of Croydon itself. ANDREW PELLING looks at the council’s role in the final days and asks if more could have been done by the Town Hall to save the near-1,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Allders, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Coulsdon, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Fairfield, History, Ikea, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Parking, Policing, Property, Purley, Purley Way, Richard Ottaway MP, Ruskin Square, Surrey Street, Transport, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

#reverseriots – How Reeves Corner is dressed up for the future

8/8 One Year On: Reeves Corner is sporting a new look just days before the anniversary of the night that nearly closed down the furniture store forever Reeves, the furniture store that has risen like a phoenix from the 8/8 … Continue reading

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Election votes all add up to more change across Croydon

ANDREW PELLING, a former Assembly Member, crunches the first set of numbers from Thursday’s London elections and finds some interesting trends for politics in Croydon For a while on Friday, the Conservatives thought that they had lost out at City … Continue reading

Posted in Abigail Lock, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Brian Paddick, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Gordon Ross, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Louisa Woodley, Mayor of London, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Thornton Heath, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment