Category Archives: Andrew Stranack

De-selected Pollard quickly finds Fairfield ward an easy Fitze

Congratulations to the Pollard family, who had to go barely 24 hours facing the horrible prospect of living like ordinary, hard-working Croydon residents and no longer receiving their annual “allowances” total of £67,354 for their part-time roles as Croydon councillors. … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Nero tendency: fiddling over the election figures

The few visitors to the public gallery for this week’s council meeting at the Town Hall were treated to a couple of innovations. With the assistance of council officials, Conservative councillor Lynne Hale was able to intersperse her speech with … Continue reading

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Reed victory sends danger signals to Croydon Tories for 2014

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There was a reason for Steve Reed’s campaign to focus so much on the state of our streets. It was because Labour are planning to clean-up at the next council elections, say ANDREW PELLING Eddy Arram, the neutral … Continue reading

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Pelling predicts: Croydon by-election will set a record of sorts

ANDREW PELLING, a former Croydon MP, councillor and London Assembly member, has been following the by-election campaign and here analyses the high points and low marks of the past six weeks in a giant constituency which today will set a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Lee Jasper, Malcolm Wicks MP, Marisha Ray, Shasha Khan, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pelling predicts: by-election a battle for minor places

As the polling stations open across Croydon North this morning, Andrew Pelling, Inside Croydon‘s chief political correspondent, is predicting that the by-election will be won by Labour’s Steve Reed with an increased share of the vote. The parliamentary by-election is … Continue reading

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A week’s a very long time in politics for unbriefed Jasper

By Steven Downes, Editor, InsideCroydon.com Lee Jasper, after admitting that he has been using fake Twitter accounts to boost his by-election campaign, showed today that if elected as an MP he could struggle to keep pace with the volume of … Continue reading

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Cooper condemns government’s betrayal of London Road

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, has condemned the London Mayor’s plan to divert millions of pounds of riot compensation cash from Croydon’s victims of rioting in order to cover-up his planned cuts in policing. On a visit to Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 8/8: London Road stories, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Business, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, London Road Traders Association, Policing, Steve Reed MP, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Green leader visits Upper Norwood to back candidate Khan

They make politicians in a tougher mould in Australia, as Natalie Bennett, the British Green party’s new leader, demonstrated yesterday when she was in great robust form when she came to support Shasha Khan, her party’s candidate for the Croydon … Continue reading

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Election coverage coming to a computer screen near you soon

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP: Politicians, promises, statistics and the truth. They don’t often mix well. That’s something that internet viewers will be able to see proven on Croydon TV when they broadcast this week’s party campaigning in the Croydon North by-election. They … Continue reading

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Shy Tories? Or sly Tories? Second video fails to mention party

Political Scrapbook has turned up another local Tory election video which makes no mention of the party that Andy Stranack is seeking election for in Croydon North on November 29. For this to happen once might be careless, but twice? … Continue reading

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Stranack runs election video with no mention of toxic Tories

As far as the Croydon North by-election is concerned, even Conservatives now think that the Tories are toxic. As Inside Croydon noted earlier this week, Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central who is “masterminding” (in the loosest sense) the … Continue reading

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Reed’s challenge letter “reveals flaws in his candidacy”

After having run a near flawless campaign thus far, Labour’s Steve Reed has managed to score two own goals ahead of the Croydon North by-election on November 29. The Conservatives’ campaign manager Gavin Barwell – presumably still drawing his parliamentary … Continue reading

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Union pulls out of hustings over exclusion of six candidates

One of the country’s biggest trades unions, the PCS, has pulled out of sponsorship and organisation of a hustings debate planned to be held in Thornton Heath on Tuesday evening because half the candidates for the November 29 Croydon North … Continue reading

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Has Tory campaign taken a leaf out of Lynton Crosby’s book?

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP: Into the final fortnight of the Croydon North by-election, and things are starting to get a little bit nasty. Earlier today, UKIP blew the “dog-whistle” on gay marriage and religion with a visit from the party leader, Nigel … Continue reading

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UKIP’s Farage to campaign in Croydon against gay marriage

Nigel Farage , the leader of the UK Independence Party, is bringing further controversy to the Croydon North by-election, visiting the constituency this morning to support his candidate’s ailing campaign and specifically backing Winston McKenzie‘s remarks made in opposition to … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Election questions: Andrew Stranack, Conservative

The Croydon North by-election is on November 29, and Inside Croydon has put to candidates a set of questions. We will be putting the responses on the record, published without the artifice, interruptions and grandstanding of the usual hustings. We … Continue reading

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Bookmakers rate Respect as by-election second favourite

The bookmakers have made Respect’s Lee Jasper joint second favourite to win the Croydon North by-election, along with Andy Stranack, the Conservative candidate, underlining the view that the battle for votes is wide open behind hot favourite Steve Reed. Reed, … Continue reading

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Barwell wrong to play race card in Croydon North campaign

Local resident ANDREW FISHER this week challenged a Conservative MP to justify his public claims about immigration. He was unsurprised when he did not get an answer Much of the debate about race in the Croydon North by-election has stemmed … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Lee Jasper, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Rouse rumbled: council CEO shows his election colours

When Iain Duncan-Smith, the works and pension minister in the ConDem government and a former leader of the Conservative party, stands up and opens an address to a meeting by stating that, “obviously”, he is there to support his party’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Jon Rouse, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mike Fisher | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nov 29: “Moving the writ” confirms Croydon election date

The Croydon North by-election date is confirmed today with Labour “moving the writ” in parliament. ANDREW PELLING, a former parliamentarian, explains the arcane process It isn’t just courts that issue writs. The people of Croydon North have been waiting for … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell, Lee Jasper, Malcolm Wicks MP, Marisha Ray, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jesse Jackson, the rabbit run and looking pretty in pink

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP: With candidates selected and canvassing now under way, how is the Croydon North election shaping up? The Respect party’s Croydon North campaign is going well… in America. Respect this week claimed that Jesse Jackson, the renowned United States … Continue reading

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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

Incinerator should be Croydon North’s burning issue

BRENDAN WALSH is a Green party member from Croydon North who is disappointed, but unsurprised, that the issue of a £1 billion waste incinerator to be built on the boundary of the constituency has barely been mentioned by most of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Environment, Marisha Ray, Shasha Khan, Winston McKenzie | Leave a comment

Tech City ought to be foundation of every party’s manifesto

JONNY ROSE believes that his alternative vision for regeneration, the Silicon Valley of South London, ought be to be front and centre of all the Croydon North by-election candidates’ campaigns It’s election season in Croydon. Rarely seen politicos are coming … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon North, Faz Hakim, Lee Jasper, Louisa Woodley, Marisha Ray, Simon Burgess, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Croydon North will be a “two-horse race” says Umunna

Chuka Umunna, Labour’s business spokesman, used a visit to a youth training business in Croydon this morning to dismiss Respect’s entry into the Croydon North by-electioncampaign. “We regard this as likely to be a two-horse race,” said Umunna, the MP … Continue reading

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