Category Archives: Marina Ahmad

Cummings wins Labour’s Assembly selection race by 25 votes

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on a close-run thing Patsy Cummings, the councillor for South Norwood, will be Labour’s candidate in Croydon and Sutton for the London Assembly elections in May after winning a ballot of party members in the two … Continue reading

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Posted in 2020 London elections, Florence Eshalomi, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Rory Stewart, Rowenna Davis, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, Sian Berry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Southwark councillor joins Labour selection battle for City Hall

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE suggests that only three entries for the race to be a candidate in Croydon and Sutton at next year’s London elections is being seen as a sign that few reckon there’s much of a chance of … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, London Assembly, Marina Ahmad, Neil Garratt, Patsy Cummings, Rowenna Davis, South Norwood, Sutton Council, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Police warn minorities to ‘stay vigilant’ against hate crimes

Muslims and other minority groups in Croydon have been warned by the police to “stay vigilant” and report hate crime following a spike of racist attacks after the Leave result in last week’s EU Referendum. The Muslim Association of Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, Andy Tarrant, Church and religions, Community associations, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

O’Connell squeezed as Greens and LibDems go tactical

With two days to go until the London elections, and “Silent Steve” O’Connell, the London Assembly Member for Sutton and Croydon, has found himself in a double squeeze which could see him kicked off the City Hall gravy train where … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ahmad challenges ‘Silent Steve’ to condemn racist campaign

“Dog whistle politics” and allegations of racist campaigning by the Tories have seen this week’s London elections described as among the dirtiest ever fought. And it’s not just WALTER CRONXITE reporting that, but the Green Party, a Conservative peer and … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, George Ayres, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 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

‘You’re stuffed’: O’Connell attacks Tory housing policy

London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell last night launched an unexpected attack on his own party’s housing policies. “If you earn around £35,000, you’re basically stuffed,” O’Connell said dismissively of the impact of Conservative policy when speaking to a small, supportive … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Coulsdon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sutton councillor turns Green, but stays independent

The £1 billion South London incinerator, which is being constructed for operators Viridor at Beddington Lane, is fast becoming a hot issue of the City Hall elections, with political parties and candidates fighting each other to condemn the costly scheme … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon Greens, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Refuse collection, Sadiq Khan, Shasha Khan, Sian Berry, Waste incinerator, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayoral matrix that highlights candidate similarities

Another day, another London Mayoral infographic.

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

London Assembly candidate calls for inquiry over incinerator

Marina Ahmad, Labour’s London Assembly candidate in Croydon and Sutton, is demanding an investigation into the contracts and deals surrounding the £1billion Viridor incinerator being built at public expense on Beddington Lane, on the Croydon-Sutton borough boundary. “The incinerator scheme … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Waste incinerator, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

From a Polish prince to the cannabis party: the Mayoral choice

There will be 12 names on the ballot paper on May 5 bidding to become the third Mayor of London, it was confirmed this morning. As the race proper for City Hall gets under way, the battle lines between Labour’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly, London Fire Brigade, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ahmad to debate with O’Connell on eve of London elections

“After eight years of Boris, London needs a Labour Mayor.” As a motion for debate, it suggests only one answer, though given it is the topic up for discussion in true blue Old Coulsdon, at the Purley and Coulsdon Debating … Continue reading

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Labour splits in Croydon undermine Khan’s Mayor’s bid

WALTER CRONXITE on rumblings of discontent within local Labour The visit of Labour’s London Mayoral hopeful, Sadiq Khan, to Croydon on Saturday exposed again the north-south divide, not only within the borough’s red and blue areas, but also the growing … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Ashburton, Coulsdon, Croydon South, London Assembly, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Labour’s London list candidates display a Croydon bypass

Labour has announced its “list” candidates for next year’s London Assembly elections, and there is not a single figure associated with the council in Croydon included. As well as the 14 London Assembly Members elected from constituencies, a further 11 … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barwell fan Cope is named as Tories’ 12th man on London list

A hitherto not very highly regarded sometime member of Croydon Conservatives has been included as the 12th – and last – name on the Tories’ “list” candidates for election to the London Assembly next May. Jonny Cope is a fully … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Gavin Barwell, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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