Whitgift History Festival, South Croydon, Jun 26-27

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Albert’s Summer Fete, South Norwood, Jul 27

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Jobs for the gals! Newman hands £100,000 job to Blairite pal

It’s not what you know, but who you know when it comes to some top-level jobs at Croydon Council, as KEN LEE reports

Tensions between Croydon Council’s senior paid officials and the Town Hall’s Labour leadership threaten to break out into a full-on row following the appointment of the Blairite former leader of Camden Council to an important new job in Fisher’s Folly.

Sarah Hayward: Camden Council’s former leader, now with a £100,000 job in Croydon

Sarah Hayward has been handed the director level job (salary from £90,000 to £105,000 per year) as head of the newly created violence reduction network, despite having no specialist experience in community safety.

Until 2018, Hayward was a Labour councillor in north London, including as leader of Camden for five years.

With a reasonably high profile in London-wide Labour politics, writing occasional articles for the Grauniad, Hayward twice publicly backed challengers to Jeremy Corbyn as party leader (including supporting Liz “five votes” Kendall). Hayward also tried, unsuccessfully, for selection to a safe Labour parliamentary constituency, Holborn and St Pancras, where Sir Keir Starmer was picked and held the seat. Continue reading

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Did Barwell have his collar felt over the Grenfell fire tragedy?

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the continuing interrogation of senior Tory government figures over their inaction and incompetence

Behind bars: Gavin Barwell has been alongside PM Theresa Mayhem since June 2017. When housing minister, he failed to act on fire safety warnings

Is it possible that Gavin Barwell, one of a string of Tory housing ministers who before the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy failed to act on a series of warnings about fires in residential tower blocks, might have had to “help the police with their enquiries”?

It does not take much reading between the lines to consider that to be a real possibility if you take a look at a parliamentary written question submitted yesterday by Steve Reed OBE, the Labour MP for Croydon North.

Reed has been very busy on behalf of his tower block-dwelling constituents, trying to weedle out of the government some honest answers regarding the fire safety status of the cladding on their homes, and to get the government or their landlords to pay for the removal of potentially lethal flammable cladding. Continue reading

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Croydon Minster Flower Festival and Summer Fair, Jun 22

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Greenvale Primary Summer Fair, South Croydon, Jun 22

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Ceramic Garden pop-up exhibition, Sanderstead, Jun 22

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