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Tories on target to win back control of Town Hall in… 2118

Some of the spin being put on the outcome of the local elections would make Comical Ali blush with shame, as WALTER CRONXITE reports In the week since the local elections, both political parties have been making inflated claims of … Continue reading

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Greens accused of ‘betrayal’ for backing LibDems in Richmond

The Greens in south London have got themselves into a bit of a lather, after the environmentally concerned party decided not to contest the Richmond Park parliamentary by-election, and instead support the LibDems in an effort to beat Zac Goldsmith. … Continue reading

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New law to force Croydon to open up its council meetings

Croydon Council is to be forced by law to allow the public to record Town Hall  meetings,  in audio and video, and to Tweet and live blog from Katharine Street without their data being routed through the council’s wi-fi. Eric … Continue reading

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Met Police figures show muggings in Croydon up by 12%

Not for the first time, Croydon risks becoming known as the muggings capital of south London, as “robberies against the person” have soared by almost 12 per cent over a 12-month period, when the rate of similar crimes in neighbouring … Continue reading

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Woodley is given another chance in New Addington

Labour party members in New Addington have chosen Louisa Woodley and Oliver Lewis to be their candidates in next May’s local elections, after a meeting that lasted more than two and half hours on Saturday afternoon. New Addington is likely … Continue reading

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Sutton official tried to influence vote at incinerator meeting

An audio clip, obtained from the official Sutton Council recording of last week’s controversial planning meeting for the £1 billion incinerator scheme at Beddington Lane, shows that a council official intervened with the meeting chairman to try to force a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Environment, Simon Hoar, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A future for the Fairfield Halls? Public meeting tonight

Interesting times for Croydon’s major arts centre, the Fairfield Halls, with the Conservatives who control the council pushing through a £27 million capital works project and announcing this week that they effectively want to “re-nationalise” the struggling centre. Tonight, the … Continue reading

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Croydon Tories proudly announce new signing: John Loony

The recruitment drive by Croydon Conservatives, after nearly a year’s hard work, has delivered its first significant new member: John Cartwright, also known as John Loony, the habitual deposit-loser for the Monster Raving Loony Party at elections across the borough … Continue reading

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April Fools’ Day welfare changes are fooling nobody

Social security, or welfare, payments are about to be drastically reduced. Or “reformed”, in the language used by the government. TONY NEWMAN, leader of the opposition Labour group on the council, highlights how those changes are likely to impact Croydon … Continue reading

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No debate and no questions, Tories exercise an abuse of power

Following Tuesday night’s bruising council budget meeting, in which he led a walk-out by the opposition Labour group, TONY NEWMAN, pictured, in an exclusive column, says something has to change Reflecting on the events in Croydon Town Hall this week … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mayday! Croydon hospital on CQC’s staffing danger list

The NHS safe in their hands? So this is how the coalition works: in the General Election the Conservatives promise “no top-down re-organisation” of the NHS. Having failed to win the election, the Tory-led government then pushes forward plans for … Continue reading

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91 police taken off Croydon’s streets claims Miliband

Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party, visited Croydon this morning and accused the Conservatives of leaving residents at risk by taking 91 police officers off the beat in the borough – all despite the 2011 riots. Miliband is … Continue reading

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Croydon in a Pickles again over its rubbish service

Croydon could be penalised by having its public grant cut significantly over the move made by its Conservative-run council to move to fortnightly bin collections. “Weekly bin collections are one of the most visible frontline services and there is no … Continue reading

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£30m libraries privatisation could be sent for judicial review

The opposition Labour group on Croydon Council is considering seeking a judicial review of the decision to hand a £30-million, eight-year library contract to John Laing Integrated Services. According to sources familiar with the competitive tendering process, which Croydon’s Conservative-run … Continue reading

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Reed’s challenge letter “reveals flaws in his candidacy”

After having run a near flawless campaign thus far, Labour’s Steve Reed has managed to score two own goals ahead of the Croydon North by-election on November 29. The Conservatives’ campaign manager Gavin Barwell – presumably still drawing his parliamentary … Continue reading

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On the campaign trail: How not to be pictured

Spotted this via Martin Angus. An object lesson in how not to be photographed while out campaigning? Or did Cartwright pose for this knowingly? You decide… All other offerings in a similar vein welcome (we’ve seen some rather awkwardly posed … Continue reading

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Norwood down to its last SNT police sergeant, Labour claims

The Labour group on the council says it is “disgusted” over a “behind closed doors” decision that leaves two Croydon wards, Upper Norwood and South Norwood, with just a single safer neighbourhood team police sergeant between them, down from three, … Continue reading

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For Croydon MP Ottaway, it’s a case of jobs for the girls

Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway has a new staff member at his Westminster office: a local teenager called Madeleine Hale. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Hale is the daughter of senior Conservative Croydon councillor, Lynne Hale. Lynne … Continue reading

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Election 2012: the battle for London’s middle ground

Barely has the dust settled on Londoners’ last rush to the polling stations (alright, we might be over-stating matters ever so slightly), but work is already underway in the two main party machines, and by LibDems where they have some … Continue reading

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No cuts in councillors’ allowances despite PM’s demands

If anyone in Cameron’s Crazy Council bothered watching Prime Minister’s Questions, they will have spotted that twice in the last two weeks, Call Me Dave has referred to local authorities reducing the salaries of their chief executives and cutting allowances … Continue reading

Posted in Dudley Mead, Jon Rouse, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sticking together is easier said than done for Clegg & Co

As the Sunday newspapers and TV commentators complete their post mortems of Thursday’s referendum and local elections, one thing is abundantly clear: any campaign backed by the Daily Mail and Murdoch news machine, plus vast amounts of Conservative party cash, … Continue reading

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AV, BNP and Stephen Fry: more reasons to vote on Thursday

It is always worth remembering, people died for us to have the right to vote. So come Thursday’s referendum on the voting system, do make sure that you get out and exercise your democratic right privilege. Our regular reader will … Continue reading

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