Old Coulsdon Christmas lights switch-on, Nov 23

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Charity Commission probes SPAC for breaking ‘no politics’ rule

Now the subject of fraud investigations, the controversial SPAC Nation church is also under threat of losing its status as a registered charity, too, which could cost it an estimated £250,000 per year

SPAC Nation, the money-grabbing cult-like church who worked with Croydon Tories to put up a candidate in this week’s Fairfield council by-election, may have jeopardised their charity status by dabbling in politics.

SPAC Nation leader Tobi Adegboyega (right) at the Tory conference with Conservative Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey. SPAC’s charitable status is being reviewed

The Charity Commission is “aware of concerns” relating to SPAC Nation appearing to support a political candidate. A condition of having charitable status, with the considerable tax breaks that go with it, is that an organisation is expected to remain strictly apolitical.

Jayde Edwards, 20, a “pastor” in SPAC Nation, was the Tory candidate in Fairfield, where she and her church colleagues mobilised hundreds of their congregation to canvass and campaign over the past month. Edwards did not win the election, but her church’s involvement in politics could end up costing SPAC Nation its charitable status. Continue reading

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Labour’s Croydon South candidate wins campaigner award

Olga FitzRoy, Labour’s General Election candidate in Croydon South, has been named as Music Week‘s Campaigner of the Year at their Women In Music Awards.

Award-winning campaigner Olga FitzRoy at todays Labour campaign launch with John McDonnell

FitzRoy won the award for her work on the #SelfieLeave campaign, which looks to change the law to allow parents who work as freelancers to take shared parental leave.

As a result of the campaign, the government is now consulting on changing the regulations around shared parental leave.

FitzRoy works as a sound engineer. She has worked with Coldplay and the Foo Fighters, and she mixed the music for the 2012 London Olympics. Last year, FitzRoy was named in BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour Powerlist, for her campaigning and professional successes.

At yesterday’s Music Week ceremony, FitzRoy was presented with her award by Tom Watson, Labour’s shadow culture secretary. Continue reading

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Beddington Farmlands come alive as wildlife winter wonderland

Teal flying over the wetlands at Beddington. Photos by Peter Alfrey

The cold fingers of winter might be touching us as we head into November, but as local naturalist PETER ALFREY observes, the wildlife sanctuary at Beddington Farmlands is full of life

Following lots of rain and the recent habitat improvements carried out by Viridor, Beddington Farmlands has been transformed into a huge wetland with more than 200 teal on 100 acre lake this week. Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Affordable Art Fayre, Westow Hill, Nov 29-Dec 1

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Jones leading calls for a change of laws over tram safety

Sarah Jones: campaigning with the families of tram crash victims for new safety laws

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Croydon tram crash, families of the victims have launched a campaign to reform tram safety, demanding that “the tragedy of the Croydon tram crash must never happen again”.

Supported by Sarah Jones, who is seeking re-election as Labour’s MP for the area, the families are calling for new laws, including “death by dangerous driving on the tramways”.

The tram crash at Sandilands early on the morning of November 9, 2016, was the worst tram accident in this country in more than a century, when seven people died and more than 60 were hurt, some suffering life-changing injuries. Continue reading

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Labour win Fairfield by-election despite 10% vote drop

WALTER CRONXITE crunches the numbers after a council by-election where the biggest losers were the residents of Croydon

Having already lost Labour one council seat, Caragh Skipper managed not to lose in yesterday’s Fairfield by-election

Jack Buck, the Labour Party paid employee who fixed the Fairfield ward selection so that his friend, Caragh Skipper, could be nominated as the candidate for a safe seat, last night hailed a “great Croydon Labour victory”, as he supped his over-priced craft ale at the by-election party held in the formerly Tory-supporting Matthews Yard gentrification bar.

With “great victories” such as that masterminded by Buck and council leader Tony Newman, if played out across the whole country, Labour will lose 30 seats at next month’s General Election.

Skipper, at the third time of trying, has finally found a way on to the Town Hall allowances gravy train, much to Newman’s evident relief in the early hours of this morning, as he propped himself against the bar, his hands firmly in his pockets as he let others pay for his celebrations.

But post mortems and recriminations over candidate choice and the outcome of yesterday’s by-election seem certain, for the local Tory Party as well as Labour. Continue reading

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