Category Archives: Tim Crowley

SDEN’s business plan ‘dishonest at best, fraudulent at worst’

Sutton’s LibDem council was last night forced to agree to an independent investigation into its failing heating company. CARL SHILTON reports Sutton Council’s controlling Liberal Democrats, after spending six years trying to deny that there was anything even vaguely suspicious … Continue reading

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Appeal Court has Sutton in hot water over dodgy discount deal

BELLE MONT reports on the latest costly embarrassment for the LibDem council, caught withholding service discounts from social tenants Sutton could be liable to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to its council tenants after more than a decade … Continue reading

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Sutton Tories unanimous as they elect Drummond as leader

Our Sutton correspondent, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on the new leader of that council’s opposition group Tom Drummond is the new leader of the Conservative opposition on Sutton Council. Drummond succeeds Tim Crowley, who stood down on Friday after nearly seven years … Continue reading

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Crowley stands down as Tory opposition leader in Sutton

EXCLUSIVE: Our Sutton reporter CARL SHILTON on the latest leadership change in a south London borough All change! Tim Crowley today became the fourth leader of a Town Hall political group in south London in the past few weeks to … Continue reading

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Sutton opposition leader ‘ashamed’ over Tories’ A-Level failure

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on a remarkable outburst over the government’s shambolic handling of this week’s exam results Tim Crowley, the leader of the opposition Tories on Sutton Council, has said that the shambolic handling of England’s A-Level results … Continue reading

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LibDem rebels block plan to build on Sheen Way playing fields

Our Sutton reporter, CARL SHILTON, on how the council leadership has suffered another damaging knockback A meeting held in Sutton last week proved that it really is possible for a committee to vote down a proposal for overdevelopment backed by … Continue reading

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Davey, Pidgeon, Umunna all cave-in over Twitter smears

CARL SHILTON on how support for the Sutton and Cheam LibDem candidate’s nasty smear campaign started to evaporate, following challenges through formal complaints and threats of libel action It started yesterday, around noon time. The first of the offending social … Continue reading

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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

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Threats of libel action as Sutton election campaign turns nasty

EXCLUSIVE: Chuka Umunna, Jo Swinson, Caroline Lucas, even Bianca Jagger, have all taken at face value allegations made by a Liberal Democrat General Election candidate, and so now could now be dragged into a bitter legal action. Our Sutton investigations … Continue reading

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Only five Croydon Tory councillors listed as ‘Backing Boris’

Croydon Town Hall’s Conservatives are not backing Boris. That’s according to a listing published today by the Boris Johnson leadership campaign which includes just five of Croydon’s 29 Tory councillors, from among 1,000 Conservative elected representatives at local authorities around … Continue reading

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St Helier’s new boilers take steam out of Sutton’s heat network

CARL SHILTON, our Sutton investigations editor, discovers that the council’s troubled heating network scheme has suffered a massive blow – from St Helier Hospital Council leader Ruth Dombey’s plans for a lucrative “Phase 2” of the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network … Continue reading

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By-election rivals say LibDem candidate unfit for public office

CARL SHILTON reports on the cross-party condemnations for a council by-election candidate who has overseen failed businesses that have left multi-million-pound debts Barry Lewis, the choice of Sutton’s Liberal Democrats to be parachuted in to Wallington North for the council … Continue reading

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LibDem at centre of cronyism row is handed £150,000 top job

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on how history appears to be repeating itself over the appointment of a chief exec for a Liberal Democrat council Ruth Dombey, the Liberal Democrat council leader in Sutton, yesterday helpfully confirmed Inside Sutton’s report … Continue reading

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Belmont election shock #1: ‘I didn’t want to quit as councillor’

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on a stunning admission which fuels speculation that some of the borough’s Tories were keen to find a way to get their deputy leader back on the council In a remarkable admission made to Inside … Continue reading

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Transport report for £40m school ‘mysteriously’ disappears

Residents in Belmont go to the polls in a council by-election tomorrow, where Tory candidate Neil ‘Father Jack’ Garratt is expected to win. One factor could be the growing concerns over road safety around a new secondary school. Our Sutton … Continue reading

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Carshalton’s studio theatre given new chance and fresh Hope

The Charles Cryer Theatre is to re-open with new operators after being ‘dark’ for more than two years. But Sutton Council still managed to mess up the announcement, as CARL SHILTON reports It has taken Sutton Council a little over … Continue reading

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Arse! Feck! Drink! Belmont by-election’s own Father Jack

Sutton reporter BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK on how a Tory ex-councillor’s foul-mouthed tirades have come back to haunt him, just in time for a Halloween by-election The people of Belmont, one of the quieter, more refined suburbs of quiet and refined south … Continue reading

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Thanks for the bins and incinerator! ‘Ballistic’ Bolger is leaving

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the shock – and a tad premature – announcement that the council chief exec has quit their job So long, and thanks for all the bins. And the Viridor incinerator, of course. Niall Bolger, … Continue reading

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Tory resigns council seat to cause by-election in Belmont

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on an early chance to re-fight some of the arguments from the last local elections It is only four months since the Town Hall elections, but the voters of Belmont ward will now be expected … Continue reading

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Independents’ Day in Beddington puts Dombey in the doldrums

Tony Newman is not the only south London council leader under increased pressure following the local elections. BELLE MONT delves into the detail of the results in Sutton, where the local LibDem leader used to boast that ‘independents don’t win … Continue reading

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Snouts in the trough: how you pay for local election campaign

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: When deciding who to vote for this Thursday, consider carefully the money paid to councillors in ‘allowances’, reports BELLE MONT, our Sutton Council correspondent It’s the sort of question you could easily imagine one Sutton borough councillor asking … Continue reading

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Sutton LibDems horrified by unreal McCoy’s car crash hustings

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Hustings held ahead of this year’s local elections here in south London have been noticeably… well, dull. Until Tuesday night over in Carshalton, where Sutton LibDems, fighting to retain control of the council, sent in one of their … Continue reading

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Dombey and chums forced to climbdown over gerrymandering

Sutton’s LibDems have been caught out  over attempts to hijack publicly funded council business for the benefit of their own party’s election prospects, as BELLE MONT reports Inside Croydon’s revelations this week that Sutton’s ruling Liberal Democrats were trying to … Continue reading

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LibDems face new accusations of campaigning on the rates

Sutton reporter BELLE MONT says that council leader Ruth Dombey is in for some fierce questioning tonight as she is accused again of gerrymandering With local elections now less than 12 weeks away, the LibDems in Sutton appear to be … Continue reading

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Local contractors hit as Viridor incinerator builders go bust

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the business collapse of the construction firm working on a £250m project at Beddington Lane The construction firm which has been leading on the £250million build of the Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane has … Continue reading

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