Category Archives: Sadiq Khan

Copley appointment puts City Hall selection in the mixer

The announcement that Tom Copley is to be London’s deputy mayor for housing will stir up Labour’s selection and election battles for the London Assembly, with the city going to the polling stations in May. Copley, who has been an … Continue reading

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Posted in 2020 London elections, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Housing, James Murray, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Rowenna Davis, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Empty homes in Croydon soar by 50% with Butler in charge

The number of empty homes in Croydon increased by almost 50 per cent in the first four years that Alison Butler was the cabinet member for housing in the borough. Those are some of the shocking figures released today by … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ex-Tory minister has no policies, but says he’ll listen if Mayor

There are elections coming up, again, and in Croydon this week was the newest candidate to be London Mayor. RORY KELLY went to hear what Rory Stewart had to offer Rory Stewart, the former Conservative government minister and now an … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Rory Stewart, Sadiq Khan | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

What the election means for Croydon, Westfield and St Helier

After a long and sleepless night, our political editor WALTER CONXITE sifts through the wreckage of the General Election, and what it might mean for Croydon, and Sutton The fourth General Election since 2010 is significant because it is the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2019 General Election, Adult Social Care, Boris Johnson, Brick by Brick, Centrale, Children's Services, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Elliot Colburn, Health, Housing, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Mayday Hospital, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Paul Scott, Paul Scully MP, Sadiq Khan, Sarah Jones MP, Shaun Bailey, St Helier Hospital, Steve Reed MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Hina Bokhari: election candidate with past shrouded in mystery

CARL SHILTON checks out the credentials of the controversial Liberal Democrat candidate seeking to win Sutton and Cheam from the Conservatives Hina Bokhari, the Liberal Democrat General Election candidate for Sutton and Cheam who has been accused of libel during … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Hina Bokhari, Paul Scully MP, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Tim Crowley | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Transport expert asks RAIB to re-open tram safety investigation

Transport for London has been accused of covering up a second safety report into fatigue among tram drivers – when driver tiredness thought to be one of the prime causes of the 2016 Croydon tram crash, in which seven people … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Pidgeon, Florence Eshalomi, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

College building in park could end Crystal Palace tram scheme

Any prospect of extending the tram network to Crystal Palace could hit the buffers before its backers even check-in at a platform, if the GLA gets its way. Piece by piece, the Greater London Authority, which has responsibility for the … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Wilkins, Athletics, Bromley Council, Commuting, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Sport, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Labour election candidate challenged over tram crash cover-up

A London Assembly Member and General Election candidate for a Labour safe seat has been accused of protecting the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London from “serious, legitimate questions” over the safety of the tram network. Michael Liebreich spent … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Florence Eshalomi, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, Sarah Jones MP, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

£300 residents’ parking tax? Sign up for scrappage fund

If you’ve just been hit with a £300 bill from Croydon Council just for the “privilege” of parking your car near your home, or even if you’ve seen the previous £80 a year residents’ parking permit fee more than double, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Sadiq Khan, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

No one to blame. Or no one cares? Tram crash case dropped

No one was to blame. That, after three years of investigations by police and other agencies, was the view of the Crown Prosecution Service when it announced yesterday that there were to be no charges brought following the Croydon tram … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Croydon Central, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, Sarah Jones MP, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Copley welcomes Mayor’s £10m digital cable investment

The Mayor of London has announced a £10million fund to make it easier for people to connect online and get access to Inside Croydon. There might be one or two other uses, too, of a city-wide investment which seeks to … Continue reading

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After two-year delay, TfL fits automatic brakes to trams

As we approach the third anniversary of the Sandilands tram crash, Transport for London has announced that the fleet of trams operating on the Croydon network are to be fitted with an automatic braking system. Seven people were killed and … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Heidi Alexander, Mayor of London, Muhammad Ali, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowe flies from Sutton leaving £30,000 legal bill behind her

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest high-profile departure from the Civic Offices So, farewell then, Jessica Crowe. Sutton Council’s £100,000 per year “assistant director of customers, commissioning and governance” (whatever that is supposed to mean) is off to … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Helen Bailey, Housing, Jessica Crowe, Jules Pipe, Mayor of London, Nick Mattey, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Shasha Khan, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayor Khan under growing pressure over tram fatigue cover-up

A former senior adviser to two London Mayors will use the transport committee meeting at City Hall tomorrow to call for an independent investigation into how TfL censored a safety report at the request of the tram operators, and then … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly, Mayor of London, New Addington, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Documents show TfL censored safety audit after tram crash

Long-standing suspicions that there has been a cover-up over safety reports relating to the tram network following the 2016 Sandilands crash appear to be confirmed today, with the publication of a file of documents which show that reports critical of … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

TfL announces set of measures to deal with bus driver fatigue

Transport for London this morning announced a range of measures to address fatigue among bus drivers, which has been reported as a factor in several incidents involving the capital’s buses. The transport authority has promised that “there will be a … Continue reading

Posted in London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

10 days of disruption with tram and Addiscombe road closures

From this Friday, more than half of the Croydon tram network will be shut down, and buses in and around Addiscombe and Shirley will undergo considerable re-routing over a 10-day period, as Transport for London undertakes major civil engineering work … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Commuting, East Croydon, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, New Addington, Sadiq Khan, Shirley, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Call for Viridor prosecution over health risks from toxic fire

The Environment Agency has been asked to consider bringing a prosecution of Viridor over the fire at their incinerator on Beddington Lane last month, as there is mounting evidence to suggest that toxic fumes were released into the atmosphere during … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, London Fire Brigade, Mayor of London, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

5% increase in road collisions set-back for Mayor’s Vision Zero

There was another increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads in 2018, figures released this week show, prompting a call for the Mayor to implement more measures more urgently for sustainable walking and cycling. … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Russell, Cycling, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon residents spend 45% of their wage on private rents

While Croydon’s Labour-run council stages museum exhibitions on the history of the council house, as they meanwhile use public money to build houses for private sale which local residents cannot afford, a London Assembly Member has produced figures which shows … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayor refuses to say if Barwell was questioned over Grenfell

Unlike most people when newly out of work, gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell didn’t spend his first day of unemployment looking for a new job. The £150,000 per year Downing Street chief of staff until Boris Johnson’s coronation on Wednesday, Barwell spent … Continue reading

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Tory Bailey considers scrapping Freedom Pass for under-75s

Shaun Bailey, the Conservative Party’s liability as candidate for Mayor in next year’s London elections, is considering withdrawing the Freedom Pass from Londoners aged between 60 and 75 years old if elected. Controversial figure Bailey has also suggested scrapping the … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Mayor of London pledges Park Hill garden £17,500 cash boost

A project to redesign Park Hill Park’s Victorian walled garden has had £17,500 pledged by the Mayor of London in a round of crowdfunding for community projects. Through Crowdfund London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged more than £600,000 to support … Continue reading

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Former colleagues express worries over new Croydon director

The real reasons for the abrupt resignation of a leader of a London council were part of a local authority ‘cover-up’. KEN LEE reports on serious reservations expressed by Labour councillors and Camden staff over the past conduct of the … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments