Tag Archives: Boris Johnson

Transport and housing need old policies, not New Labour ones

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A new era has begun for the capital. After an historic election, STEVEN DOWNES reports on the role of a Croydon property developer in Sadiq Khan’s campaign, and how that creates a challenge for the new Mayor of … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Developers don’t know what to call their £1.4bn supermall

They want to spend £1,400,000,000 demolishing and rebuilding much of the town centre, to build 1,000 “luxury apartments”, a car park for eager shoppers with 3,000 bays, and they are still promising 5,000 jobs (though they remain vague about exactly … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, Paul Scott, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

In low-key election, the Tories’ invisible man should win

Two years ago, WALTER CRONXITE correctly predicted the 40/30 seat result in the Croydon Council elections. Last year, he said Croydon Central was “too close to call”. So, will he be right in his prediction of tomorrow’s Croydon and Sutton … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Fiona Twycross, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

London’s eight wasted years under Tory Mayor Johnson

As Boris Johnson wafts through his final days in power at City Hall – much like the manner in which he has wafted through the previous 2,922 days in office – WALTER CRONXITE tries to find what the Tory Mayor … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

500,000 young Londoners may have lost their right to vote

More than one-third of young Londoners have “fallen off” the electoral register in the past 12 months and so won’t be able to vote in tomorrow’s London elections, according to research published today. In some of the most deprived areas … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

‘You’re stuffed’: O’Connell attacks Tory housing policy

London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell last night launched an unexpected attack on his own party’s housing policies. “If you earn around £35,000, you’re basically stuffed,” O’Connell said dismissively of the impact of Conservative policy when speaking to a small, supportive … Continue reading

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Tory O’Connell oversees yet more cuts for Croydon policing

Having already had the majority of the borough’s police stations closed under the current Conservative Mayor of London, yesterday saw an announcement from the Metropolitan Police that it is to shut five of Croydon’s community bases for its safer neighbourhood … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, Kenley, Knife crime, Mayor of London, Policing, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We’re on a road to nowhere with London transport policies

A leading transport commentator has said that there’s disappointingly little to choose between London’s two leading candidates for Mayor on one of the major issues facing the capital. Christian Wolmar is one of the country’s leading transport correspondents, and was … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Tramlink, Transport, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anger over Goldsmith email blunder before ‘secret’ meeting

Tory Mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith’s “top secret” event – which Inside Croydon is happy to reveal is being staged at Clyde Hall, Addiscombe, doors open at 5pm today – has descended into chaos and acrimony amid accusations that the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Addiscombe, Chris Philp MP, Gavin Barwell MP, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon charity chief to speak for homeless on LBC

Croydon charity chief Jad Adams is to be the voice of London on homelessness for the period of the Mayoral election campaign. Adams, who is the chair of the Croydon-based charity Nightwatch, is part of a panel that the radio … Continue reading

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Bungling Boris loses £900m and jeopardises tram extension

Financial and project mismanagement on a multi-million-pound scale under Boris Johnson means that whoever is elected to succeed London’s Tory Mayor in May will not have so much money available for major capital projects, such as the much-promised Tramlink extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Evening Boris, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

165 votes: A campaigner’s guide to scraping to success

It’s the publishing event of the year, at least in one household in Sanderstead. GAVIN BARWELL’s first book – How To Win A Marginal Seat – is published this Thursday. Here is an exclusive extract in which the Croydon Central … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dismore refuses to preside over Boris’s fire engine cuts

Andrew Dismore, the Labour London Assembly Member, today resigned as the chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s resources committee, refusing to preside over Tory Mayor Boris Johnson’s latest cuts to the fire service. Dismore’s resignation comes after … Continue reading

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Never mind the bollocks, here’s the Croydon Conservatives

It’s been Anarchy in the Town Hall this week, as our Tory councillors have been channelling their inner Johnny Rottens. WALTER CRONXITE suggests that such cunning stunts fail to serve their residents So who lost out from the decision of … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Mike Fisher, Patricia Hay-Justice, Phil Thomas, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Boris’s farewell tour at the Fairfield goes out with a whimper

The hottest ticket in town? WALTER CRONXITE toddled along to the Fairfield Halls last night and found a faded star who had forgotten his lines So that’s how eight years of Boris’s London reign ends – a public meeting in … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tom Copley, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Philp takes political gamble and backs Cameron over Europe

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the slow thought process that has led to Croydon South’s MP opting to back the European Referendum winner We’ve all seen those Ray Winstone gambling ads on telly, where we’re invited to “cash ahhtt” on a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just like cabinet, Croydon’s Tory MPs look split over Europe

The political posturing and positioning over the European referendum extends to Croydon’s two Conservative MPs, who appear to be split much like Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet. As one Westminster pundit has observed, the referendum on Britain’s membership of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, Ashburton, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gareth Streeter, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Hammerson admit £1bn Croydon supermall delayed till 2021

Finally, Hammersfield have admitted publicly that work on their £1billion supermall, a deal which Tory MP Gavin Barwell and London Mayor Boris Johnson boasted would secure Croydon’s future, now won’t start until 2017. Adding the words “at the earliest” would … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Julie Belvir, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

It’s jams today and jams tomorrow with TfL’s Fiveways scheme

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Transport for London’s announcement this week of its preferred option for a road scheme at the Purley Way by Waddon Station has generally been regarded as the least bad of two bad choices. Here, AUSTEN COOPER highlights some … Continue reading

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Homes to be sacrificed as part of TfL’s Purley Way proposals

Transport for London today confirmed that they have abandoned the £85 million Boris Flyover scheme they proposed for the A232 Croydon Road where it meets the Purley Way. Instead, they want to widen a road bridge over the railway line … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Housing, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, Pubs, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments