Tag Archives: Donald Speakman

Labour councillors angry over Negrini’s pre-election leak

KEN LEE reports on the fall-out from yesterday’s announcement that one of Croydon Council’s most senior executives is leaving her job Labour councillors, including some at cabinet level, are demanding to know why the council chief executive authorised the release … Continue reading

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Tories did not want to oppose Purley tower, claims Speakman

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: The battle for the ‘grey vote’ in the south of the borough has taken an unexpected turn in Purley, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports Senior Conservatives, including councillor Simon Brew, are secretly keen not to make … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Donald Speakman, Property, Purley, Purley Pool | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Senior councillor calls for abolition of council CEO role

The position of the council chief executive and two other executive directors should be axed, to make Croydon Council more accountable to councillors and residents. That’s the view of one of the borough’s longest-standing councillors, in reaction to the news … Continue reading

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Speakman quits Tory party and launches attack on ageism

EXCLUSIVE: WALTER CRONXITE on the latest recriminations over party selections for the local elections next month Donald Speakman, a Tory councillor in Purley for the past 16 years, has resigned from the Conservative Party and has started a campaign to … Continue reading

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Council contempt for public in Orwellian Town Hall meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE watched the latest travesty of a council meeting, so you wouldn’t have to Will they never learn? Monday night saw the Town Hall chamber holding the last full meeting of the council before the local elections … Continue reading

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Here’s just one of the questions Jo Negrini refuses to answer

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on an outbreak of control-freakery and censorship over the conduct of the chief executive and senior council staff Jo Negrini, Croydon’s vigorously self-promoting £185,000 a year chief executive, likes to give the impression that she … Continue reading

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Tories accused of breaking their own rules over selections

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on complaints of undemocratic interference in the candidate selection process, and too much influence from the local party leader in those allowed to stand in May’s Town Hall elections At least four of Croydon’s longest serving … Continue reading

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Speakman speaks truth to the council’s powers-that-be

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a rare outburst of straight talking among our Town Hall elected representatives “Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to say it,” one very senior Labour councillor confided after Monday night’s full council meeting … Continue reading

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Nasty Party goes to war over church’s Purley tower block

A nasty war of words has broken out in Purley over the local baptist church’s development of a 17-storey tower overlooking the ugly gyratory road system. So unpleasant is the behaviour that Purley has revealed itself as no longer the … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Chris Wright, Church and religions, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Donald Speakman, Environment, Luke Clancy, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley BID, Richard Chatterjee, Sue Winborn, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Purley Tory Speakman’s Labour past emerges 50 years on

March 31 this year will be the 50th anniversary of the 1966 General Election, when Harold Wilson’s Labour enjoyed a landslide victory over the Conservatives. The BBC has been marking the occasion with a day-long transmission of their election night … Continue reading

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