Tag Archives: DEMOC

Poor turn-out shows disenchantment with local Labour Party

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how a slip of the tongue exposed the charade of Labour councillors’ ‘consultation’. Plus another supporter of Steve Reed is placed in charge of local candidate selections The charade that is Croydon Labour’s “consultation” with its … Continue reading

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Labour councillors set to support discredited leader system

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Some of the borough’s politicians have again placed their own self-interests ahead of the public and come up with another dodgy decision, writes WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Not content with having crashed the council’s finances, the Labour … Continue reading

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Directly electing our mayor offers chance of a fresh start

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ‘I don’t want my town to be defined by failed leadership, dodgy deals and zero scrutiny’, says Labour Party member JO TANNER (pictured) I am Croydon born and raised – and although I don’t see the place through … Continue reading

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Leader’s office forced Labour mayors to pull out of meeting

Officials working for Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, backed by his party’s two Croydon MPs, pressured a pair of directly-elected mayors from other London boroughs to pull out of a public meeting held in Croydon last night. “We were lent … Continue reading

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DEMOC wastes little time in starting campaign for mayor

Our local residents’ associations correspondent, SANDRA STEAD, on the latest moves over the borough-wide referendum Just when Croydon’s residents might have thought it was safe to approach their letterboxes once again now that the elections are over, so the borough’s … Continue reading

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Scott in power cut as he is ‘purged’ from planning committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The best mate of discredited council leader Tony Newman spent seven years dominating and domineering the planning committee – and never once did he declare an interest over colleague architects or Brick by Brick. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

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£650,000 cost of mayor ballot is not ‘essential expenditure’

Town Hall leaders threaten to pull referendum on directly elected mayor if the pot-less council is unable to fix its finances. By KEN LEE Councillors will get to vote on Monday on whether to stage a referendum on the issue … Continue reading

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Council emergency meeting over elected mayor set for Feb 8

Croydon is inching ever closer to having a referendum over whether the council should be run by an elected mayor. But, as WALTER CRONXITE reports, matters are never straightforward with those in power at Fisher’s Folly The word “emergency” is … Continue reading

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Council motion defies Tory minister over referendum date

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The Labour group that controls the Town Hall has placed itself on a collision course with the Conservative Government over moves for a directly-elected mayor, reports WALTER CRONXITE Like two bald blokes fighting over a comb, the … Continue reading

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Labour councillor disputes cost savings over referendum

A senior Labour councillor has produced more red herrings than you will find in an EU fishing quota, as he has claimed that staging a referendum in May over the way the council is run won’t save a penny for … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tory minister orders council to hold mayor vote on May 6

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest massive set-back for the council’s crumbling administration In what will be a withering blow for the Labour Party in Croydon, the Government has this afternoon ordered Hamida Ali, the leader of the … Continue reading

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Ali announces Labour U-turn over staging of mayor referendum

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest potentially costly change in position performed by the cash-strapped council The council’s Labour leadership today confirmed a massive U-turn on its previous opposition to having a referendum for a directly-elected mayor – … Continue reading

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Ali agrees to meet with DEMOC for referendum discussions

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a U-turn over the council’s previous antagonistic attitude to local democracy campaigners Hamida Ali, the Labour-controlled council’s new leader, could be about to reverse the policy of her predecessor, Tony Newman, and ignore the (self-serving) ruling … Continue reading

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High Court ruling casts doubt on Town Hall block of mayor vote

The legal advice used by Tony Newman last month to block a 20,000-signature public petition could be flawed – according to a High Court judge. Last month Newman, while still the leader of the Labour-controlled council, rejected a mass call … Continue reading

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Newman gives ‘manifesto pledge’ to ignore referendum vote

Just days before he faces a no-confidence motion at the Town Hall, the council leader has committed Labour to ignore the outcome of a democratic borough-wide referendum. WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports Tony Newman, the part-time council leader who after … Continue reading

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Newman is ‘running scared’ from ballot for borough mayor

With a referendum for a democratically-elected mayor now inevitable, Croydon’s council leader is behaving increasingly like a small-town Donald Trump. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports In a remarkable piece of transatlantic coincidence, just as the President of the United … Continue reading

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Newman tells Labour to prepare for Mayor vote next May

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on how voters in Croydon seem likely to have another ballot paper when they go to the polls in 2021 Tony Newman, the council leader, made it clear to a meeting of Labour Party … Continue reading

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Collins under fire for ‘right-wing dictator’ jibe at residents

More than a year too late, Tony Newman, Croydon Labour’s dictatorial council leader, has begun to stir his senior councillors into parroting some kind of attack lines against the DEMOC campaign which is backing a referendum over whether to have … Continue reading

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Newman’s Pravda over-promises as his council under-delivers

Even in the middle of the greatest crisis the borough has faced since World War II, there’s nothing stopping the council for gerrymandering on behalf of the beleaguered leader, Tony Newman. The latest edition of Your Croydon, the council’s Pravda, … Continue reading

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Newman appears increasingly desperate as referendum nears

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the far-reaching consequences for Croydon’s Town Hall leadership of yesterday’s deferral of May’s local elections According to some Town Hall sources, several of the borough’s elected councillors were in a state of shock this morning … Continue reading

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Labour council threatens £1m of cuts over mayor referendum

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, watched Monday night’s full council meeting so you didn’t have to Croydon Council will spend £1million on staging, and contestng, a referendum over whether the borough should have a mayor directly elected by all Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Newman’s £100,000 governance review that’s going nowhere

KEN LEE on some of the more gruesome findings in a council-commissioned report about Croydon’s ineffective council Even the majority of Croydon’s elected councillors don’t think Croydon Council is “very effective”. That’s just one of the damning findings buried in … Continue reading

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On planning issues, MP Philp wants to have his cake and eat it

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the debate over whether Croydon should have a directly elected mayor trundles on, DEREK THROWER suggests that some may have a hidden agenda If, as Chris Philp, the MP for Croydon South, claims (letter to Inside Croydon … Continue reading

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Hundreds turn out to join campaign for directly elected mayor

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the mounting numbers behind a campaign seeking to change the way the council is run The patronage that keeps Croydon’s Town Hall troika of Tony Newman, Alison Butler and Paul Scott in power is looking … Continue reading

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