Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports that Labour’s problems nationally are being reflected in the party’s selection process for next May’s council elections. Plus a change of mind by two of the council’s more notorious figures
Almost one-quarter of the sitting councillors in the Labour group which controls Croydon Town Hall have not applied to be reselected by the party to stand as candidates in next May’s local council elections.
Ten of the council’s 41 Labour councillors have decided not to continue in local politics at the cash-strapped council.
That’s in addition to the three Labour councillors who resigned earlier this year, who included the discredited former council leader Tony Newman and his finance chief, Simon Hall, following their suspension from the party.
That 10/41 represents a significant “churn rate” among local councillors before the four-yearly elections, and is seen by insiders as a reflection of the brutal and bruising past few years of the administration under Newman and his “controlling” clique.