Category Archives: Patsy Cummings

Garratt doubles victory margin as he takes City Hall seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: Labour has slipped back in the London Assembly voting, with its worst result in Croydon and Sutton for 13 years. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Neil “Father Jack” Garratt was named on Saturday as Croydon and Sutton’s … Continue reading

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Tories are tipped to cling on to Croydon and Sutton seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: With just hours to go before the polling stations open, WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, offers some important advice to make  sure that your votes count After a turgid campaign that has lasted, off and on because … Continue reading

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MP Reed in possible data breach over South Norwood flats

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Starmer’s front-bench spokesman on local government is accused of trying to exploit the Regina Road council flats scandal to boost the election chances of his Westminster assistant. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP … Continue reading

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Tory Assembly candidate in racism row over stop and search

Election candidates have not been subject to the kind of public scrutiny they might have expected pre-covid, and online hustings last week demonstrated why such questioning is so necessary. By STEVEN DOWNES Neil “Father Jack” Garratt, the Conservative candidate for … Continue reading

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Garratt and Cummings finally agree to debate climate crisis

It took them a while but, finally, the two frontrunners in the race to be Croydon and Sutton’s London Assembly Member have agreed to take part in an online hustings organised by the Friends of the Earth’s Croydon Climate Action … Continue reading

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Khan’s lead at the polls could be enough to elect Cummings

If the pollsters have got their numbers right, history could be about to be made in next month’s London Assembly elections, according to our resident psephologist WALTER CRONXITE This time next month, for the first time in history, Croydon and … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Claire Bonham, Croydon Greens, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Peter Underwood, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

‘Council flats crisis has been heartbreaking, and cruel’

The scandal over the appalling conditions in South Norwood flats rolls on, as the council evacuated some of its tenants into poor conditions – in one case, placing a mother with a two-year-old toddler into what appeared to be a … Continue reading

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Aide to MP Reed selected for South Norwood by-election

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how the local MP could soon have a member of his office staff on the council Croydon North’s Progress MP, Steve Reed OBE, yesterday moved one step closer to his goal of installing a placeman … Continue reading

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Tenants in rushed evacuation from South Norwood block

There were chaotic scenes outside the block of council flats on Regina Road this afternoon as tenants were being hurriedly evacuated from the building by Croydon Council staff. Some of those being moved complained of heavy-handed tactics, as they clutched … Continue reading

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‘Appalled’ Jenrick seeks ‘urgent answers’ over Croydon flats

Croydon Council has been roundly criticised for its failures to act over the chronic and dangerous water leaks and long-term damp in its block of flats in South Norwood. The appalling conditions – described as “the worst I have ever … Continue reading

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Croydon Labour shaken after resignation of third councillor

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Hamida Ali’s control of the Town Hall continues to crumble, as long-standing councillor Jane Avis decides to quit. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Jane Avis, the council cabinet member for homes and gateway services, has resigned from the … Continue reading

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Council Tax-payers pay for politicians’ game of cat-and-mouse

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The bankrupt borough is kept waiting for its bail-out, as cabinet reports reveal that council overspending has continued to soar. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Just when you thought things could not get any worse, Croydon Council’s … Continue reading

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South Norwood library needs £900,000 more to be fit to open

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Mounting repair bills has seen the bankrupt council earmark five public libraries for possible closure. But they are not saying how much they might make if they sell the properties. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports More … Continue reading

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May 6? Maybe not, as Johnson prepares for new lockdown

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the implications of any extension to the coronavirus restrictions for the borough’s leafleting cult and the London elections Westminster observers are already predicting that the London Mayoral and Assembly elections, which were postponed from … Continue reading

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Strange Cummings and goings as protests begin over library

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The battle has begun to save the borough’s libraries, under threat because of the council’s financial collapse. GENE BRODIE reports from yesterday’s well-attended protest in South Norwood More than 100 residents, including many parents with youngsters in … Continue reading

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Labour agree to hold mayoral referendum in October 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Council leader votes for a ballot that could cost as much as £1m, as agreement is finally reached to listen to the wishes of 20,000 Croydon residents. By STEVEN DOWNES The Labour group which controls Croydon Town Hall has … Continue reading

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BxB-built library which has never opened is now to be closed

The story of South Norwood Library is just the latest example of how thoroughly screwed-up and costly the council’s relationship with its loss-making house-builders has become. GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, reports This could only happen in Croydon. The … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Education, Jane Avis, Libraries, Lisa Taylor, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Croydon in crisis: Emergency budget cuts may not be enough

EXCLUSIVE: There’s simmering discontent among the Town Hall’s ruling Labour group over their leadership’s inconsistent messaging, secretiveness and bungling, while the council’s new chief exec has made a good first impression. By STEVEN DOWNES “It’s like a fresh breeze through … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Patsy Cummings, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Scott called out over ‘gentrification’ of housing in Croydon

JANE NICHOLL reports on how Black Lives Matter activists responded to councillors’ ‘meaningless words’ at a community-led event at Park Hill Croydon Council’s failing housing policies cannot escape criticism, even at a Black Lives Matter protest which some leading Labour … Continue reading

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Newman bans Labour councillors from ‘liking’ Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the ludicrous lengths that the council leadership is going to in order to avoid scrutiny of their failing administration Tony Newman, the increasingly absurd leader of Croydon Council, has ordered his fellow Labour councillors not to … Continue reading

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Newman hand-picks ‘Secret Seven’ to check on finance panel

EXCLUSIVE: The beleaguered council leader has moved to avoid  being held responsible for the borough’s massive £1.5bn debt and huge over-spend, reports KEN LEE A group of councillors, secretly hand-picked by Tony Newman, will meet tonight to discuss the council’s … Continue reading

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Negrini faces showdown meetings over finances next week

A consultant ‘parachuted in’ to salvage the council’s rocky finances will deliver a vital report next Tuesday, STEVEN DOWNES reports, as Croydon’s £1.5bn borrowings have been described by a local MP as ‘reckless’ and its financial position ‘unsustainable’  The dire … Continue reading

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Newman appears increasingly desperate as referendum nears

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the far-reaching consequences for Croydon’s Town Hall leadership of yesterday’s deferral of May’s local elections According to some Town Hall sources, several of the borough’s elected councillors were in a state of shock this morning … Continue reading

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Labour council threatens £1m of cuts over mayor referendum

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, watched Monday night’s full council meeting so you didn’t have to Croydon Council will spend £1million on staging, and contestng, a referendum over whether the borough should have a mayor directly elected by all Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Davis will fight on – ‘You don’t need to be elected to do that’

Rowenna Davis, the candidate who missed out by 25 votes to stand for Labour in Croydon and Sutton in May’s London Assembly elections, says she will continue with her campaigning activism “to make a difference to people in… our capital”. … Continue reading

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