Tag Archives: European Union

Tory dreams of Singapore-on-Thames are workers’ nightmare

ANDY FORD examines some of the implications for workers of the government’s policy to turn Britain into a kind of off-shore free port The idea of Britain as a kind of Singapore just off the coast of Europe, with light … Continue reading

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Flawed inspection regime highlights health risks of incinerators

Four years ago, Simon Hoar, a cabinet member in the Conservative group that controls the Town Hall, was distributing leaflets in Waddon ward offering a solemn promise that he and his colleagues, if re-elected to the council, would stop the … Continue reading

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Help break the chains of human trafficking: Sep 28

On Saturday September 28, members of Croydon Community Against Trafficking, or CCAT, will be completing a 10-kilometre (a little more than six miles) walk chained together to raise awareness about victims of human trafficking. The walk will start at noon … Continue reading

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Even in Croydon, the Tories are split over Europe

The splits in the Conservative party over Europe, so widely reported nationally, are even apparent between two of Croydon’s MPs, reports ANDREW PELLING With UKIP polling as high as 20 per cent in opinion polls this week, Croydon’s Conservative MPs … Continue reading

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Plan Bee: things you can do to help local hives thrive

Britain’s bees need your help. And even in built-up Croydon, you can put a buzz into your garden or window box, writes SUSAN OLIVER Spring can be a difficult time for bee-keepers. This is when, for the first time in … Continue reading

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Racism, immigration, false stats and Councillor Pearson

Abraham Lincoln once said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”. ANDREW FISHER says it is advice a New Addington councillor would do well to follow The … Continue reading

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Questions Pollard must answer over libraries shambles

Tim “Yes but No but Yes” Pollard ought to come under intense pressure at an emergency meeting at Croydon Town Hall tonight over his handling of the tendering process for the outsourcing of the management of the borough’s libraries if … Continue reading

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MEPs condemn “dangerous” Beddington incinerator proposals

The Greens and the Labour party in Sutton are keeping up the pressure as the proposed Viridor Beddington Lane planning application gets set to be considered (and passed) by the pro-incinerator LibDem-controlled Sutton Council at a planning meeting scheduled for … Continue reading

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Boris’s election campaign battle bus failed EU safety rules

Boris Johnson used a bus last year in his campaign to be re-elected as Mayor of London that did not comply with European Union safety laws, according to a ruling handed down by the Traffic Commissioner. Nicholas Denton made the … Continue reading

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Halloween horror: How did your MP vote on the EU budget?

The ConDem government was defeated in parliament on the EU budget last night – Halloween – after 53 Conservative MPs defied their party over the issue. Tory rebels joined with Labour to pass an amendment calling for a real-terms cut … Continue reading

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Business leader calls for more help on VAT and rates

A leading South Croydon business figure has called for an urgent cut in business rates and for the 20 per cent VAT rate to be axed to help bars and restaurants survive the double-dip recession and avoid the fate of … Continue reading

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Shard overshadows copycat developers’ visions

South London commuters, arriving at London Bridge station, will be aware that the Shard nears completion. This Guardian piece by Jonathan Glancey from two years ago ably predicts the building’s influence on developers elsewhere – including Croydon Shard London Bridge, … Continue reading

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Croydon’s MPs decide you won’t get a vote on Europe

How did your MP vote at Parliament last night over whether there should be a European referendum? ANDREW PELLING reports The chairman of Croydon’s UK Independence Party has been left exasperated after all three of the borough’s MPs last night … Continue reading

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Where is Tory Councillor Clare Hilley on Ai Wei Wei?

Croydon’s newest councillor, Waddon ward’s Clare Hilley, appears a little conflicted. As well as being on the council’s planning committee yet also working for a PR firm that specialises in delivering deals for property developers, now the Conservative councillor is … Continue reading

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