Category Archives: Val Shawcross

Having a Mayor: Who might be candidates for Town Hall?

Who might be the likely runners if Croydon were to reform the governance of the borough on its head and bring in a directly elected mayor? Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, considers some likely, and less-likely, candidates This is, of … Continue reading

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BINMAGEDDON!: Ex-deputy mayor’s Kafkaesque bin misery

Former Croydon Council leader Val Shawcross has called for Veolia to be sacked because of its rubbish service, as KEN LEE reports “What chance do ordinary residents have of getting the sort of service that they pay for if even … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Val Shawcross, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Respect for Shawcross as she retires as Khan’s deputy mayor

Val Shawcross is standing down as London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s deputy for transport. The move will prompt a parliamentary by-election in south-east London, and the likelihood of more Blairite v Momentum internal Labour jousting, as Shawcross’s job is to be … Continue reading

Posted in Heidi Alexander, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Twycross is appointed as London’s Deputy Mayor for Fire

Fiona Twycross is to be London’s first Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience when responsibility for the London Fire Brigade passes to City Hall next month. Croydon resident Twycross has been the Labour’s lead Assembly Member on the London Fire … Continue reading

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The Shawcross redemption: transport deputy changes gear

The former leader of Croydon Council was a surprise appointment by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. But it is already proving to be a shrewd decision. By WALTER CRONXITE Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council who has been … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Bikes, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon North, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brexit would cost London tourism billions, Twycross claims

Fiona Twycross, the London Assembly Member who lives in Croydon, has today joined the European Union referendum debate by claiming that Brexit would create a “devastating loss to London’s tourist economy”. London has been named as the world’s most popular … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, Fiona Twycross, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , | 5 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

Network Rail coughs up £4.1m fund for London Bridge

Running the risk of offering too little, too late, a rail regulator this morning announced a £4.1 million “reparation fund” to help reduce the delays, cancellations and over-crowding on trains into London Bridge, which Croydon commuters have been enduring for … Continue reading

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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

Give south London under-11s free travel, says Shawcross

Primary school children in London should be allowed to use public transport for free during the summer holidays, according to a London Assembly Member who has called for those living “south of the river” to be allowed to have free … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Education, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Schools, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Labour go for six of the best to become next London Mayor

Londoners – of all political persuasions, and of none – will have six to choose from this summer when the Labour Party stages its first ever open primary to select its candidate to run for London Mayor in 2016. A … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Environment, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is it jobs for the boys as Shawcross stands down at City Hall?

Amid all the fuss this time last week about the withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest of the only south London candidate, Chuka Umunna, the news of another leading figure from the same party standing down from the political fray … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Croydon North, Housing, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, Matthew Bennett, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Video: London Bridge was falling down (again) 40 years ago

Commuters who travel to work via London Bridge, who have had to endure chaos on their daily journeys over the past week or more – and all in return for higher fares – may be interested to view a public … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Commuting, East Croydon, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Transport, Val Shawcross, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 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

Critic of London’s high-rise blocks heads Palace debate

Peter Wynne Rees, the former chief planner for the City of London who recently criticised planning policy across the capital for allowing too many high-rise blocks that were being marketed by developers to wealthy absentee landlords in the Far East … Continue reading

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£500m Palace developers admit: we don’t know what it’ll do

The on-going transfer of billions of pounds’ worth of public assets – in the form of academised schools, privatised libraries, given away building land – to private profiteers is a sadly familiar theme. Yet the shady deal done by London … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Business, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Assembly Member calls Chinese Palace plans a “fiasco”

An influential member of the London Assembly has warned that Mayor Boris Johnson is trying to flog off a chunk of Crystal Palace Park to Chinese developers for the benefit of a Tory borough council, with little proper consultation or … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce Question Time, Mar 27

Crystal Palace Chamber Of Commerce is staging a Question Time event next Thursday, March 27, from 7pm at the Queens Hotel, Church Road, where members of the public put their questions to Greater London Authority members of the Labour, Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Business, Community associations, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Darren Johnson, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Planning, Steve O'Connell, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Public only get to peek in at the uncertain Palace plans

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Nearly a year on since Boris Johnson stood on the terracing of the old Crystal Palace to announce a £500 million “investment” and the handing over of a significant chunk of public property to a Chinese developer, there’s … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Business, Community associations, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon Central will have all-woman list for Labour

The Labour party candidate for the Croydon Central parliamentary seat will be a woman, according to a report on the Labour List website today. The seat, which was held by Labour until 2005, is represented by Gavin Barwell of the … Continue reading

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Croydon could be counting a new women’s Champion

Croydon has never had a woman MP, but tonight could see an important step made to change that. Counting Women In today publishes its report Sex and Power 2013: Who Runs Britain? which details a huge gender imbalance in British … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Gerry Ryan, Louisa Woodley, Nina Champion, Simon Hall, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boris says he’s using riots funding to cover-up police cuts

London Road businesses and residents are to have a massive insult heaped upon the injury that many of them suffered in the Croydon riots last year, with Mayor Boris Johnson admitting that the Riots Recovery Fund he promised the area … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, London Assembly, London Road Traders Association, Mayor of London, Policing, Val Shawcross, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Galloway and Barwell seize upon Reed’s one-vote victory

Steve Reed today offered “a new vision for Croydon” to win selection as the Labour party candidate for Croydon North. But the Lambeth Council leader’s selection, reportedly by a single vote from Valerie Shawcross after second preferences were included, represents … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Lambeth Council, Lee Jasper, London Assembly, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mike Fisher, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour selects Reed as candidate for Croydon North

Steve Reed is to be the Labour party candidate for the Croydon North by-election when it is staged later this month. Inside sources suggest that Reed may have won the ballot by as few as three votes from his closest … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Croydon North, Faz Hakim, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, Louisa Woodley, Malcolm Wicks MP, Simon Burgess, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Reed bends with the wind as he seeks selection in Croydon

Steve Reed divides opinions. He thinks he’s great. Others who have had to deal with the leader of Lambeth Council tend to disagree. “He’s more Blairite than Tony Blair,” was one of the more polite views aired when Reed announced … Continue reading

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