Category Archives: Zac Goldsmith MP

Wintry Thames towpath walk that’s like entering another world

WANDLE WANDERER: Croydon’s own river, the Wandle, eventually reaches the Thames itself, which provides a multitude of possible walks. Here, KEN TOWL sets off for Richmond to see what the towpath has to offer With friends visiting from Hackney and … Continue reading

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Greens accused of ‘betrayal’ for backing LibDems in Richmond

The Greens in south London have got themselves into a bit of a lather, after the environmentally concerned party decided not to contest the Richmond Park parliamentary by-election, and instead support the LibDems in an effort to beat Zac Goldsmith. … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Wolmar, Croydon Greens, Environment, Nick Mattey, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Nostradamus Newman’ and his hot air on Heathrow expansion

If there was any remaining doubt, Tony Newman demonstrated yet again today that he don’t half talk some rubbish. Labour’s leader of Croydon Council decided to stick his two penn’orth in to the airport  debate, in the midst of the … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman, Transport, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

‘Offensive, patronising and pathetic’: Croydon Tory slates Zac

A prominent member of Croydon Conservatives has described the Zac Goldsmith Mayoral campaign as “offensive, patronising, off-putting, negative and pathetic”. John Cartwright also publicly admitted that to “register a protest”, he voted for Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate, as … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 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

500,000 young Londoners may have lost their right to vote

More than one-third of young Londoners have “fallen off” the electoral register in the past 12 months and so won’t be able to vote in tomorrow’s London elections, according to research published today. In some of the most deprived areas … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 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

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

London election candidates need to ‘be brave’ on transport

One of those who stood against Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London Mayor has called upon all those standing in next month’s elections, from borough councillors upwards, to show some leadership, abandon the tendency of following the path … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Sadiq Khan, Transport, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

#BackZacAndCrack shown two red cards by Generation Rent

One of the advantages of social media is the publication by various interest groups – from lobbyists and charities through to estate agents – of infographics, snappy illustrations of news. Like this one, from Generation Rent, published today on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 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

We’re on a road to nowhere with London transport policies

A leading transport commentator has said that there’s disappointingly little to choose between London’s two leading candidates for Mayor on one of the major issues facing the capital. Christian Wolmar is one of the country’s leading transport correspondents, and was … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tramlink, Transport, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

#BackZacAndCraic: Goldsmith’s St Patrick’s Day disaster

WALTER CRONXITE, having been refused an invite by the Conservative Party to attend yesterday’s  rally for their London Mayoral candidate, reports on a day of embarrassments on St Patrick’s Day for Zac Goldsmith It’s fair to say that Tory MP … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith MP | 7 Comments

Tory mayoral hopeful apologises for email blunder – by email

Old Etonian millionaire Zac Goldsmith, the Tories’ candidate for London Mayor, has this afternoon been forced to issue an apology to more than 50 Croydon residents as a result of his campaign team’s blundering, as reported this morning by Inside … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Chris Philp MP, Gavin Barwell, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Anger over Goldsmith email blunder before ‘secret’ meeting

Tory Mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith’s “top secret” event – which Inside Croydon is happy to reveal is being staged at Clyde Hall, Addiscombe, doors open at 5pm today – has descended into chaos and acrimony amid accusations that the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Addiscombe West, Chris Philp MP, Gavin Barwell, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Goldsmith keeps coming back for more in Croydon

6 – 1 In football, 6-1 is not the sort of scoreline that you’d expect to help you win you the league title. But that’s how many times the two main contenders have visited this part of the city so … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Croydon charity chief to speak for homeless on LBC

Croydon charity chief Jad Adams is to be the voice of London on homelessness for the period of the Mayoral election campaign. Adams, who is the chair of the Croydon-based charity Nightwatch, is part of a panel that the radio … Continue reading

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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

#BackZacAndCrack to stage secret rave in Croydon this week

Local MP Chris Philp is organising a rave this week for his mate, Old Etonian millionaire Zac Goldsmith. Property fund expert Philp has been very busy lately, since being elected as MP to represent the people of Croydon South last … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments