Tag Archives: Green Party

Time to reverse the damaging cuts to London’s youth services

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After a decade of austerity, it is long overdue for the government to fund properly the capital’s youth services, says Green Party Mayoral candidate SIAN BERRY London’s youth services are in crisis. Councils have been under pressure to … Continue reading

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Loss of free travel for children is another Tory-made mess

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Tory transport minister is ‘stealing free travel from young Londoners just when they need it most’. By CAROLINE RUSSELL, the Green Party London Assembly Member Schools are now going back but nobody can yet tell under-18s in … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Russell, Commuting, Cycling, Education, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Schools, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

It is time to act to save Croydon’s precious green spaces

CROYDON COMMENTARY: While getting out and about during the covid-19 crisis, PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured left, has discovered parks and open spaces that need more care, and which are coming under increasing threat of development – from the Labour council and … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon parks, Environment, Hutchinson's Bank, Lloyd Park, Peter Underwood, Planning, Wildlife, Wontford Road Green | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Coronavirus being used as ‘smokescreen’ for estate demolition

It is not just in Croydon that residents’ groups have been alert to the inherent risks of placing the entire planning system into the hands of a few unelected council officials. The delegated planning powers, prompted by the coronavirus emergency, … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Housing, Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Matthew Bennett, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour looking strong as freezing polling day approaches

As we enter the final week of the General Election campaign, political editor WALTER CRONXITE gets a guide on the likely results from the pollsters and the bookmakers Next Thursday’s polling day for the General Election is predicted to have … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Anna Jones, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Donald Ekekhomen, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Olga Fitzroy, Paul Scott, Planning, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This is how we have always run elections, since before there was TV or even radio, and no one’s noticed how pointless it is

KEN TOWL finds there’s not much recreational fun in this electioneering lark, as he attends last night’s set-piece hustings Having tried my hand at canvassing at the weekend, I thought I would really throw myself into the democratic melee by … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Ken Towl, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP, Simon Sprague | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Under The Flyover Election Special podcast: Peter Underwood

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, introduces the third of our  ground-breaking virtual hustings Ahead of the General Election on December 12, Inside Croydon invited some of the candidates from across the three Croydon parliamentary constituencies to join us at our … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Environment, Inside Croydon, Peter Underwood, Under The Flyover | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Brexit Party pulls switch to detonate Creatura’s election chance

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest piece of ‘genius’ from the BBC’s most-favoured politician, Nigel Farage A former army bomb disposal expert could be about to explode Tory Mario Creatura’s dream of becoming an MP. Nominations for candidates for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ex-Labour councillor Rendle stands for LibDems in Fairfield

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on one of the more intriguing twists to emerge from the nominations for next month’s council by-election It is often said that the Liberal Democrats in Croydon stage their meetings in a phone box. To … Continue reading

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Surrey Street stall-holder picked to run in Fairfield by-election

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest blow to the leadership of the local Labour Party Jose Joseph, a stall-holder in Croydon’s historic Surrey Street Market, was selected last night to be the Labour Party’s candidate in the Fairfield ward … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Fairfield, Jose Joseph, Mary Croos, Niro Sirisena, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Croydon needs more and better democracy, not less

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For all the talk of introducing a directly elected mayor for Croydon, what’s been overlooked is the need to make every vote count, writes Green Party candidate PETER UNDERWOOD There are lots of people in Croydon who are … Continue reading

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Seven in the running for Norbury and Pollards Hill by-election

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, goes through the runners and riders for next month’s council by-election There are to be seven candidates in the Norbury and Pollards Hill ward by-election being staged on March 14, after UKIP and the … Continue reading

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Underwood named on Greens shortlist for London Mayor

Peter Underwood, a regular on the ballot paper at local and parliamentary elections in Croydon, has made it on to the Green Party’s shortlist of candidates for selection to stand for Mayor of London in 2020. The Greens pride themselves … Continue reading

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Boundary changes seem to cement Town Hall’s political divide

Calling in the Boundary Commissioners may have fixed the political map of Croydon for years to come, as WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, reports Labour’s generally underwhelming result in the Croydon council election last week does not look so bad … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Andrew Rendle, Caragh Skipper, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Jeet Bains, Maddie Henson, Sarah Jones MP, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The election lesson for Croydon’s Greens is: must do better

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What’s the state of local democracy after last week’s local elections? Not great, according to PETER UNDERWOOD As the dust settles on another local election campaign it’s time to start looking at what the results mean for the … Continue reading

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The more things change, the more they stay just the same

Bleary-eyed after just a couple of hours’ sleep, our political editor WALTER CRONXITE has been crunching some numbers on the local election results Four years ago, the Prime Minister was David Cameron, Nick Clegg was leader of the LibDems and … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Ashburton, Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Fairfield, Mary Croos, Niro Sirisena, Shirley, Tony Newman, Waddon, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

UKIP find only eight candidates to stand in local elections

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, rounds-up the latest additions to candidate lists from the LibDems, Greens and UKIP for May 3 UKIP, a party without a leader and, post-Brexit, seemingly without any purpose, has virtually abandoned the pretence … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Fieldway, New Addington, New Addington North, Peter Staveley, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

‘If Vince Cable can’t win in south London, where can he win?’

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the near-total absence of any real third-party challenge for the local elections, now just five weeks away However unseemly the sight of Labour and Tories slugging it out in the Town Hall Chamber on Monday … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Esther Sutton, New Addington, New Addington North, Old Coulsdon, Peter Underwood, Richard Howard, Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

If you’re in a safe seat, here’s a way to make your vote count

ELECTION COMMENTARY: In Croydon, two of the three parliamentary seats being contested on Thursday are safe seats with combined majorities of 37,000 votes. Nothing seems likely to change the status quo in Croydon North or Croydon South. But PETER UNDERWOOD, … Continue reading

Posted in 2017 General Election, Catherine Shelley, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Croydon South, Environment, Peter Underwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Greens candidate kicked out of council meeting over new gift

BELLE MONT reports on a lively planning meeting at Sutton Council on Wednesday, when a parliamentary candidate chose to remind the councillors of a decision they took four years ago which is likely to have environmental consequences for generations Shasha … Continue reading

Posted in 2017 General Election, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Environment, Peter Underwood, Shasha Khan, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Greens co-leader pulls out of visit to Beddington incinerator

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how cross-party election agreements have encountered significant problems in south London The so-called “progressive alliance”might not be quite as “progressive” as it has been made out to be if some of the shenanigans going on between … Continue reading

Posted in 2017 General Election, Environment, Nick Mattey, Paul Scully MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

These are the people who make me proud to be from Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: On Saturday, hundreds of people turned out in Croydon town centre for the unity against racism march. PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured right, was among them and here outlines why he believes it is important for us all to stand … Continue reading

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Alarms raised over Fire Brigade’s £11m training tower scheme

A £11.1 million scheme to build a six-storey training tower at Croydon fire station seems likely to be given the go-ahead at a meeting on Friday, though local figures have accused London Authority officials of being “arrogant” and expressed concerns … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croydon Greens, Environment, Fiona Twycross, Joy Prince, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Peter Underwood, Planning, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Southern Failway: Strip them of franchise now, says Tory MP

Day 3 of Southern’s ’emergency timetable’ and now a Croydon Conservative MP has joined London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Green MP Caroline Lucas in calling for the operator to lose its franchise immediately. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON Chris … Continue reading

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Greens’ Berry seeks views on ‘crisis’ in private rental sector

Sian Berry, the Green Party London Assembly Member, has launched a survey to find out more about the problems faced by London’s 2.3 million private renters. The short survey asks about problems with costs, contracts and letting agents, maintenance and … Continue reading

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