Tag Archives: David Cameron

#WadGate: The questions that Barwell has failed to answer

STEVEN DOWNES, editor of Inside Croydon, on how a local MP has been working furiously to save his own political skin So, the Tory narrative on #WadGate has been set. “It’s all Mike Fisher’s fault. He is terribly sorry. And … Continue reading

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Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Julie Belvir, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Sara Bashford, Shirley, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

#WadGate latest: Fisher’s deputies put pressure on him to go

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the Town Hall allowances scandal does not reflect well on councillors of either of the political parties Say what you like about George Galloway (keep it polite, please), but he does have one phrase which … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Mike Fisher, Sara Bashford, Shirley, Steve Reed MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The festering scandal of how London Road has been forgotten

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a week of anniversaries, tomorrow’s of the Croydon Riots reminds us quite how poorly served the people of London Road have been by some working in public service. By STEVEN DOWNES To borrow a phrase, August 8 … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Business, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Fairfield, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell, Knife crime, London Road Traders Association, Nathan Elvery, Riots Review Panel, South Croydon, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Punch-drunk Tories struggling to get up off the canvas

WALTER CRONXITE has put down his copy of Boxing News to assess the ringcraft of Croydon’s defeated Tories as they warm up for their next big bout Like a boxer who has taken one heavy blow to the chin too many, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, New Addington, Phil Thomas, Steve O'Connell, Tony Pearson, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Where Croydon’s Tory MPs lead, PM David Cameron follows

Is “Call Me Dave” Cameron taking tips on how to behave like an utter twat from his Tory colleagues in Croydon? First, we heard about the dodgy, blatantly party political letter which the Prime Minister had sent out, on No10 … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bishop of Croydon says benefits policy has been ‘catastrophic’

Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon, today described government policy on benefits as having a “catastrophic” effect on the lives of ordinary people in Croydon. Bishop Clark has added his voice to those of more than 50 other senior churchmen … Continue reading

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Reeves drops cost of living bombshell on New Addington

Rachel Reeves, the shadow minister for Work and Pensions, is spearheading the Labour Party’s cost of living campaign in Croydon against local Tories. Reeves was talking to Central Parade shoppers and shopkeepers in New Addington on Saturday about Labour’s energy … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, George Ayres, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MP Reed condemns “disgraceful” failures over riot pay-outs

More than two years after the 2011 riots, and there’s still 133 people who claimed official compensation who are yet to receive a penny to help them re-build their homes and businesses. Those are the findings of Steve Reed OBE, … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Business, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, Mayor of London, Policing, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council keeps its war centenary plans firmly under wraps

We will remember them. It is just that as far as Croydon Council is concerned, they don’t yet know how. According to one senior staffer in Fisher’s Folly, “The council does indeed have plans to restore and refurbish war memorials … Continue reading

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Is Malthouse pitching for Croydon South parliamentary seat?

Kit Malthouse, Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor at the Greater London Authority, is understood to be among the candidates the local Tory party is choosing from for the ultra-safe parliamentary seat of Croydon South, according to sources close to the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Kit Malthouse, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Policing, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

It’s official: Croydon is the most miserable part of London

It’s official: Croydon is the most miserable part of London. So much for the view through rose-tinted glasses of the self-appointed “Glee Club”, who choose to ignore the area’s many short-comings, or the dissembling work of PR agency Grey Label … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Right? Honourable? Ottaway’s expenses easily forgotten

It wasn’t only Croydon Central’s Gary Barlow [SICK] [SIC] who got bumped up this week. Three other MPs with links to Croydon featured in the political parties’ re-shuffles, with David Cameron even singling out one time-serving, pocket-lining expenses-claimer for special … Continue reading

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Parliamentary promotion could be a big stretch for Barwell

It may be the sort of promotion that even arch-political careerist Gavin Barwell could have done without. Just 24 hours after the junior minister, Chloe Smith, resigned her government position in order to spend more time with her marginal constituency, … Continue reading

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Downing Street tips its advisors for parliamentary selection

On yer bike. Downing Street has spoken and Laura Trott is one of its three preferred candidates to run for the Conservatives in the ultra-safe Tory Croydon South seat in 2015. But you might want to hit your Shimano brakes… … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon South, Lynne Hale, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Simon Hoar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Man who lost Upper Norwood takes charge of Tory selection

It appears that there may be at least 300 career politicians among the Conservative party, all desperate to get a state-paid job for life. So overwhelming has been the response for applications to be the Tory candidate in ultra-safe Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon South, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Simon Hoar, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MP asks Prince Charles to intervene over riot compensation

After losing patience in waiting for the Prime Minister and his deputy, or for the Mayor of London, to fulfill their various promises to the people of Croydon who lost their homes and businesses in the riots more than two … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Portas Pilot has been a flop, admits scheme’s ex-chair

The Portas Pilot project, intended to revive business in Croydon’s ancient Surrey Street Market, has been a failure. That’s effectively the admission of Mary Portas, Prime Minister David Cameron’s “retail guru” and self-proclaimed “Queen of the High Street”. It is … Continue reading

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Syria, Parliament and the local MPs who want it all ways

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Where do local MPs stand on the issue of intervention in Syria after Thursday night’s votes in the House of Commons? In some cases, it is hard to say, writes ANDREW PELLING, especially for the MP who voted … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

London Road still bypassed by aid, media and politicians

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The area worst-hit by arson and looting on the night of the riots has never been a priority, right from the moment the first petrol bombs were hurled on August 8, 2011, says PATRICK RATNARAJA London Road has … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Community associations, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon Tamil Business Forum, Gavin Barwell, Jon Rouse, London Road Traders Association, Malcolm Wicks MP, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Boris Johnson turns his back on Croydon

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, will not be the next MP for Croydon South. That’s according to a report in tomorrow’s edition of The Spectator, the magazine that Johnson edited for six years, until 2005. There has been some … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Croydon South, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Radical democracy: giving party members a vote

As Labour members in Croydon Central select a candidate to stand at the 2015 parliamentary election, ANTHONY MILLER provides some background on selection processes for those for whom one-member-one-vote is something of a novelty In 1973, the annual conference of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Sarah Jones MP, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fisher fears defections to UKIP and bans “musical chairs”

While contractors were moving in £3 million-worth of new furniture to Croydon Council’s palatial new offices over the past week, Mike Fisher, the leader of the Conservative-run council behind the building of the £140 million edifice to local authority vanity, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Fairfield, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Thornton Heath, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Croydon Central open primary: Catriona Ogilvy

Catriona Ogilvy offers the prospect of an OT rather than yet another OE for parliament. Ogilvy is an occupational therapist (rather than an Old Etonian, like so many members of David Cameron’s elitist cabinet), and she works in the NHS. … Continue reading

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Councillor’s unanswered questions over Stephen Lawrence

The allegations of a smear campaign conducted against the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence by undercover police officers has made front-page headlines and led the national news bulletins on television and radio for the past day. The Guardian report … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Coulsdon West, Crime, Croydon Central, David Osland, Gavin Barwell | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Steve Reed MP: Cameron must honour promises to riot victims

Most of the victims of the Croydon riots are still waiting for the help they were promised by David Cameron and Boris Johnson. STEVE REED MP, right, says it is long overdue to put this right It’s almost two years … Continue reading

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