Category Archives: Tony Newman

Loss-making Brick by Brick produce bogus profits report

Loss-making house-builders Brick by Brick have delayed the publication of their annual accounts, so it was more than mere coincidence that last night, just 30 minutes before a cabinet meeting was due to begin to discuss the cash-strapped council’s emergency … Continue reading

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Can you help? Tony, Alison, Paul and Simon want your ideas

Croydon Council, the local authority whose leader is afraid of staging a borough-wide referendum, now says it wants the public’s help to sort out its financial mess. WALTER CRONXITE on the inherent contradictions contained within the Croydon Renewal Plan being … Continue reading

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Newman gives ‘manifesto pledge’ to ignore referendum vote

Just days before he faces a no-confidence motion at the Town Hall, the council leader has committed Labour to ignore the outcome of a democratic borough-wide referendum. WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports Tony Newman, the part-time council leader who after … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick under ‘review’ in council emergency budget

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the publication of a 24-page document which is an admission of six years of failure, and which comes ahead of ‘the most difficult few months the council has seen’ Brick … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Veteran councillor in call to hunt down whistleblowers

The council press office should be made ‘to defend’ Labour councillors, while council staff who talk to this website need to be hunted down according to one Newman loyalist who has warned colleagues that the leader’s job ‘is not open’. … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Simon Hall, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 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

Libraries, pool and Arena may not open because of cash crisis

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More embarrassment for Tony Newman as Croydon-owned sports centre in his ward remains closed, while fears have been revived that the Labour-run council could flog off some libraries for housing Several of the borough’s public libraries and … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, GLL - Better, Leisure services, Libraries, Simon Hall, Sport, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Children’s services suffers 30% cut in social workers

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Concerns are growing at Fisher’s Folly that cutbacks on hiring agency workers, implemented since January this year, could adversely impact some of the borough’s most vulnerable. KEN LEE reports Croydon Council’s children’s services department, which was given … Continue reading

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‘Nuffink to do with us, guv’: council chiefs blame everyone else

The council will have only its second full meeting since March, with an Extraordinary Council Meeting being staged on September 28, called as a result of a motion of no confidence in council leader Tony Newman and his finance chief … Continue reading

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Newman excludes councillors from emergency budget details

20% budget cuts expected to be announced Jo Negrini’s pay-off figure confirmed as £440,000 Redundancy process for 400 council workers enters final two weeks Katherine Kerswell begins work as interim chief exec Tony Newman and Simon Hall will be presenting … Continue reading

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Newman’s ‘sickening’ defence of Negrini’s £400,000+ pay-off

Newman failed to brief party colleagues on departing CEO’s pay-off ‘Golden handshake’ to Negrini may be even bigger than first estimated Negrini was given a £4,000 pay rise just days before she left Croydon Threat of backbench revolt by Labour … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Bensham Manor, Croydon Council, Jamie Audsley, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Unison: ‘irresponsible’ job cuts will have ‘devastating impact’

Trade union officials have strongly criticised Croydon Council’s plans to axe more than 400 jobs, saying that the on-going review is being rushed through “with little thought” and without proper consultation, and describing the job cuts at the Labour-run local … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Whitehall imposes new chief exec on council

EXCLUSIVE: Borough to get its third CEO in two weeks, as government parachutes in a ‘safe pair of hands’ on Newman’s Croydon clique. By STEVEN DOWNES A hastily arranged meeting of Croydon Council’s appointments committee will convene this morning to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Croydon in crisis: Council makes 20% cuts to adult services

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the latest cuts at the council While Jo Negrini was having her lawyers haggle over the size of her six-figure pay-off for leaving her job as chief executive of the council, the scale … Continue reading

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‘Autocratic’ CEO took ‘bizarre decisions that make you weep’

The fall-out from Jo Negrini’s time in charge of the council could have a lasting impact, as a senior council figure breaks their silence about their ‘out of control’ former boss In a withering attack on the departing chief executive, … Continue reading

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£400,000 ‘golden handshake’ is Negrini’s reward for failure

EXCLUSIVE: Croydon’s political leadership to come under increasing pressure as the full extent of the deal they cut with chief executive is revealed. By STEVEN DOWNES Jo Negrini will receive more than £400,000 under the terms of the deal that … Continue reading

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Henderson leaves Croydon and ‘legacy of love and hope’

The executive director of the borough’s children’s and education services left the council on Friday with an emotional message to colleagues, saying it was “the best job I ever had”. By STEVEN DOWNES Eleventh-hour efforts to persuade Robert Henderson to … Continue reading

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Tories in call for Town Hall meeting and Newman’s resignation

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how the borough’s Conservative opposition appears to be waking from its slumbers, as the council leader is accused of ‘reckless financial mismanagement’ Jason Perry, in his first significant act as leader of the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Jason Perry, Sarah Jones MP, Simon Hall, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

21,000 residents petition for elected mayor referendum

A costly legal battle is expected, as council leader looks to block the democratic will of the people. STEVEN DOWNES reports After 18 months of meetings and door-knocking, a campaign group led by seven residents’ associations has today handed in … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, 2020 Mayor Referendum, Addington Residents' Association, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, HADRA, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

‘This is an acid test of council’s approach to democracy’

Here’s the full text of the letter from the democratically elected mayor for Croydon campaign, delivered by hand today at the Town Hall. It includes the detailed legal argument, based on counsel’s advice, that supports DEMOC’s claim that the referendum … Continue reading

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Is the end nigh? Newman facing cash crisis triple whammy

76% of readers think Tony Newman is not fit to be council leader 21,000 residents sign petition calling for a democratically elected mayor Whitehall bail-out for cash-strapped council to carry onerous conditions Tony Newman might be wishing he never came … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Jo Negrini, Lisa Taylor, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Desperate’ meetings with Henderson fuel CEO speculation

STEVEN DOWNES on a twist in the council’s search for new leadership Well-placed sources in Fisher’s Folly describe council leader Tony Newman as “beyond desperate” to get Robert Henderson to stay in Croydon – possibly going as far as to … Continue reading

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96% say Negrini should not receive pay-out from council

Jo Negrini, whose departure from her job as Croydon Council’s chief executive was confirmed last week, should not receive a penny in any taxpayer-funded pay-off, according to Inside Croydon readers. An overwhelming 96.8 per cent of readers answered “No” in … Continue reading

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Newman and Negrini finally get the Downfall treatment

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£21,500 a year up in a puff of smoke: Negrini’s ciggie bonus

Croydon’s Council  Tax-payers were paying Jo Negrini £21,500 per year… just to smoke her cigarettes. That’s according to the calculation – doubtless performed on the back of a cigarette packet – by one disillusioned council worker following the news that … Continue reading

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