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Tory minister Scully accused of ‘bungling’ over covid app gaffe

Paul Scully, the Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam, was derided as “bungling” today over his failure to understand his own government’s laws on covid-19 and self-isolation. In a live broadcast interview this morning, Scully claimed it was up to … Continue reading

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‘Don’t let covid ruin your summer’, health chief warns Croydon

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly and public health measures are not enough to contain the pandemic, according to leading academic There were almost 194,000 new cases of covid-19 reported in England last week, up by more than one-third on the … Continue reading

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Readers’ poll: Will you continue to wear a mask after July 19?

On Monday, the government confirmed that it would be moving to the next stage of lockdown easing on July 19, writes Sanjana Idnani. This means that almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be lifted. This also removes the … Continue reading

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Tories accused of ‘giving London a kicking’ over TfL funding

With the government exploiting difficulties arising over covid-19 to turn the financial screw on Transport for London, a Labour Assembly Member has accused the Tories of “giving London a kicking”. Elly Baker AM’s report, TfL Funding Settlement – Another short-term … Continue reading

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Business leader issues plea to government for financial help

The government needs to provide greater support for those firms worst-hit by the extension of the covid-19 lockdown or risk losing Croydon’s “beating heart”, according to the head of the largest business group in the borough. Matthew Sims is the … Continue reading

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Delays at Croydon put Parkrun’s national return in jeopardy

Delays at Croydon Council could force the abandonment of the post-covid return of hundreds of popular Parkruns across England. Following the government’s “roadmap” out of lockdown, national organisers have been targeting June 26 as their English resumption date – but … Continue reading

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Barwell backs Cummings’ call for inquiry into covid response

Gavin “Lord” Barwell, the former Croydon MP and sometime Downing Street chief of staff, has waded into the row over yesterday’s explosive account of the government’s chaotic and ill-prepared response to covid-19 given to a Westminster committee by Dominic Cummings. … Continue reading

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#Binmageddon: Binface out-foxes rubbish Mayor candidates

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE says that after an over-long and extremely lacklustre London election  campaign, there has been one bright spot – and it’s not been Tory Shaun Bailey’s joke candidacy It has been a very long, and very tedious, … Continue reading

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Lockdown shop closures will extend town centre’s blight

Our retailing correspondent MT WALLETTE reports that covid’s impact on the High Street leave little hope of Westfield’s long-promised redevelopment on North End any time soon One-tenth of shops in London are now vacant, according to the latest figures for … Continue reading

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Ombudsman starts investigation into damp and mouldy flats

Croydon’s Labour-run council is likely to come under renewed pressure to publish the findings of its “urgent” investigation into the appalling conditions in residential towers in South Norwood, after the Housing Ombudsman announced today a full-scale national investigation of his … Continue reading

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BME Forum ‘deeply troubled’ by Johnson’s racism report

Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic Forum has entered the row over the government’s controversial racism report that was published this week, saying that they were “deeply troubled” by its findings. The report has been accused this week of cherry-picking “data … Continue reading

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100,000 dead: Prime Minister says ‘We’re doing all we can’

The chilling statistic was announced yesterday. There have been nearly 104,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus in this country since the pandemic began, data from the UK’s national statisticians shows. That means that the death rate in Britain is the highest … Continue reading

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Shawcross steps up as Crystal Palace Park looks to the future

It has been a momentous week for the upkeep and improvement of one of the capital’s under-appreciated gems, writes MARTIN TEMPIA When a former head of planning at the London Borough of Bromley described Crystal Palace Park as the “unloved … Continue reading

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Croydon children given out of date bread in their food parcels

Bungling Boris Johnson was forced yesterday to admit that his government food parcels for hungry children are a “disgrace”. But Inside Croydon has discovered that state-funded packages distributed to some children in this borough have distributed with even less in … Continue reading

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We need urgent return to real community policing in London

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It was Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police, who said that ‘the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval’. Assembly Member CAROLINE PIDGEON, pictured right, says that there’s a … 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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Croydon’s coronavirus deaths pass 500 as Tier 4 begins

Government has been aware of rocketing infection rates of new variant of covid-19 for two weeks before Prime Minister announced the Christmas lockdown last night The new coronavirus lockdown measures introduced today could not have come a moment too soon … Continue reading

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Mayor warns on coronavirus: ‘We still have a long winter ahead’

As Britain hurtles headlong towards a no-deal Brexit, so London appears to be heading for Tier 3, the tightest covid restrictions perhaps as soon as next week – all just in time for Christmas. Government scientific advisers and the London … Continue reading

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Survey shows huge increase in walkers and cyclists in LTN

A council consultation on the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Crystal Palace  closes tonight, with some residents who live on the streets affected producing hard data to prove how by closing residential roads to rat-running vehicles more people have been using … Continue reading

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French boardroom revolution could force Westfield sell-off

By STEVEN DOWNES It is looking increasingly likely that Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield will look to unload any interests they hold in the long-promised £1.4billion redevelopment scheme for Croydon town centre. It is almost two years since URW decided to “review” the already … Continue reading

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The billionaire ex-porn baron, the antisemitic trope and the MP

The publication of the report on antisemitism in the Labour Party saw Jeremy Corbyn suspended for his response. But it has also led to calls for further punishments – including for Croydon North’s Steve Reed, as KEN TOWL, very carefully, … Continue reading

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Lockdown II could last a minimum of four weeks, expert says

Bungling Boris Johnson’s delay in announcing a second national lockdown to reduce the spread of coronavirus – ignoring the advice of government experts calling for a “circuit-breaker” six weeks earlier – has cost people’s lives. That is the view of … Continue reading

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Now Tories look to axe Freedom Pass as well as Zip cards

An unelected adviser, an old mate of Boris Johnson, is imposing a range of conditions on TfL and causing anger among Tory MPs, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports The anti-London government run by Dominic Cummings is looking to … Continue reading

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Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

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Tories impose inflation-busting fares increase on Londoners

Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze will be ended in January, just weeks before the London elections take place, as JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, reports Fares on Transport for London-operated buses, Tubes, trains and trams will rise by a “punitive” 2.6 … Continue reading

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