Category Archives: Graham Bass

Croydon Council to honour former police commander who was criticised over Stephen Lawrence racist murder investigation

The Labour leadership on Croydon Council “should be ashamed”, according to a leading black activist, over their decision to award one of the borough’s highest civic honours to a former senior Metropolitan Police officer who was heavily criticised over his conduct … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Avril Slipper, Coulsdon West, Crime, Croydon Council, David Osland, Eddy Arram, Graham Bass, Janet Marshall, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Policing, Shirley North, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cromie pays price of conscience as Parker focuses on 2015

Rumours of local Tory defections to UKIP – none of which have yet been substantiated – continue to be aired, after a week in which two more Conservative Croydon councillors were unceremoniously de-selected by their party. Justin Cromie and Ian … Continue reading

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Fisher holds fire on Tory selections to force through budget

In 14 Thursdays’ time, on May 22, you will be able to vote for up to three people who you want to help run your local services until 2018. Yet the Conservatives who have controlled Croydon Town Hall for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Avril Slipper, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Greens, David Osland, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Graham Bass, New Addington, Purley, South Croydon, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Woodside Labour councillor Jewitt fails to win selection

The Croydon Labour party’s selection process for candidates to stand at next year’s Town Hall elections claimed its first casualty on Wednesday night, when Karen Jewitt, councillor for Woodside ward, failed to be selected. Jewitt has been a Croydon councillor … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Kellett, Ashburton, Avril Slipper, Coulsdon West, David Osland, Eddy Arram, Graham Bass, Karen Jewitt, Paul Scott, Phil Thomas, Purley, Selsdon & Ballards, Tony Newman, Uncategorized, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Senior councillor goes west as Tories consider their futures

Phil Thomas, one of the “big beasts” of local Croydon politics for the past decade and the architect of the Conservatives’ 2006 Town Hall election win, is moving from the borough and will not be seeking re-election in 2014. “He’s … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Graham Bass, Margaret Mead, Mike Fisher, Parking, Phil Thomas, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Simon Hoar, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Croydon Council snubs the Irish as it cancels St Patrick’s Day

ANDREW PELLING reports on the latest cut-back in Croydon St Patrick’s Day has been cancelled by Croydon Council. The council chose another day of Celtic celebration, St David’s Day, to announce it was to put a stop to any Irish … Continue reading

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Accountability? Not if you ask a councillor “What do you do?”

The monthly charade of democracy that is residents’ questions at the council meeting was rendered even more of a sham on Monday when the chairman, the aged Mayor of Croydon Graham Bass, appeared not to hear a resident’s supplementary question … Continue reading

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Barratt Homes and Hilton sponsor Croydon Mayor’s dinner

An invitation lands on the Inside Croydon door mat for the Mayor’s annual charity dinner, in aid of two very worthy causes, the London Air Ambulance and Croydon Dyslexia Association. The invites (to buy a ticket – 45 quid a … Continue reading

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Libraries scheme “undemocratic, unwanted and unplanned”

With the leadership of the council working against open debate and discussion, even within the chambers of the Town Hall as was witnessed on Monday night, and other elements of the self-serving Croydon Establishment apparently determined to limit freedom of … Continue reading

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Why are Croydon’s Tories running scared of proper debate?

First the council looked to ban the use of the word “riot”. Now the ruling group on Croydon Council seems intent on banning debate at the Town Hall, as local resident ANDREW RENDLE was saddened to discover at last night’s … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon 8/8, Croydon Council, Graham Bass, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Riots? What riots? Now Croydon’s Mayor is in denial

Even when senior Croydon Tories attempt to rework history, a riot is still a riot, says ANDREW PELLING Councillor Graham Bass, Croydon’s Mayor, has seen some tough times for Croydon. He lived through the Blitz,  rationing, the Battle of Britain … Continue reading

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