Tag Archives: Hamida Ali

The Audit Report: Newman won’t say sorry, even to colleagues

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After 15 years of running the Labour group to his own liking, the former council leader is not changing his old, bad habits. WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports The Grant Thornton Report in the Public Interest finally … Continue reading

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Scott and Butler sacked from cabinet as Tories get their way

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on what passed for a ‘night of the long knives’ at the council’s extraordinary meeting Hamida Ali’s first act as the leader of the council last night was to sack three of the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Callton Young, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Jason Perry, Muhammad Ali, Paul Scott, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

New leader Ali blames covid for crime report that is a year late

CROYDON IN CRISIS: On crime figures, ‘some are going up, some are going down’, according to the newly elected leader of the council, who has failed in a legal duty to deliver a community safety plan. KEN LEE reports Whichever … Continue reading

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Tories in call to sack Butler and Scott, and scrap Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Croydon Labour’s new leader Hamida Ali is facing calls for a complete overhaul of her Town Hall cabinet, from the opposition but also from within her own party, as KEN LEE reports Croydon Tories are demanding the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jason Perry, Paul Scott, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

New leader Ali is set to confront ‘shocking’ council finances

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After winning a Labour group selection battle by 22 votes to 19 over Alisa Flemming, Hamida Ali tells her supporters ‘the hardest graft ever is about to start’. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Hamida Ali has no … Continue reading

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Last council-appointed director resigns from Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council-owned house-builder releases some financial figures that show they have missed their latest annual revenue targets by £113m and have delivered 377 fewer homes than they predicted. By STEVEN DOWNES There is not a single representative of … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jo Negrini, Martyn Evans, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘None of the above’: 47% reject puppet leadership candidates

WALTER CRONXITE on an expression of public opinion that should be a cause of grave concern for whoever becomes Croydon Labour’s new Town Hall leader tonight Nearly half of Inside Croydon readers in an online poll published yesterday preferred “None … Continue reading

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Newman ally Ali tipped as favourite to be council’s new leader

WALTER CRONXITE on the lacklustre contest among Labour councillors to become the Town Hall’s new chief Croydon Council should have a new leader as soon as tomorrow night. But the appointment looks as if it could present the borough with … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Children's Services, Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Paul Scott, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Olga who? Another knock-back for Newman over selection

WALTER CRONXITE on how the Labour Party is parachuting into Croydon South a General Election candidate, after a ‘selection’ which even ‘Toxic’ Tony Newman could not fix For the second General Election in succession, Labour Party HQ has decided to … Continue reading

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Croydon CLP backs elected mayor over ‘dysfunctional’ council

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on what Mrs Merton might have called ‘a heated debate’ The simmering internal conflict within the Labour Party in Croydon seems unlikely to cool off during the Town Hall’s summer recess, after members in Croydon … Continue reading

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South Norwood police meeting leaves public feeling anxious

The latest ransacking of the Croydon FC clubhouse came just days after the police in South Norwood, together with the local MP and Croydon Council’s cabinet member for community safety, staged a meeting intended at rebuilding confidence in the local … Continue reading

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Momentum backs Pelling to run in Croydon South election

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how there is one group of Labour members in the borough who are getting themselves organised Momentum is backing Andrew Pelling to be Labour’s candidate in Croydon South at the next parliamentary election – … Continue reading

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Community meetings and forms as council tests public mood

How safe do you feel in Croydon today? Recent tragic and traumatising events across the borough have led the council to seek the views of the public on the level of tension in Croydon and its suburbs. This urgent check … Continue reading

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Community safety meeting, South Norwood, Jul 19

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Governance review costs soar as Newman nobbles the panel

A report on the way in which Croydon Council is governed, already three months late, will now not be finished until the end of the year, and is costing four times its original budget. The Croydon governance review – a … Continue reading

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Big turn-out for Country Park walk, while Met waits in the car

At barely 24 hours’ notice, the people turned out in force yesterday to “reclaim our park”, following the series of sexual assaults and daylight robberies in South Norwood Country Park. A Metropolitan Police inspector was there, too, but he chose … Continue reading

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Council to spend £2m to upgrade borough’s 100 CCTV cameras

A decade after the matter was first raised in the Town Hall chamber, Croydon Council is about to embark on an upgrade of its borough-wide CCTV system. The council has allocated a budget of £2million for the upgrade, the first … Continue reading

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Council light on detail of how £3m Community Fund will work

The council states it has already contacted “over 200” charities and voluntary groups in the borough over its new funding scheme. It just doesn’t manage to detail how any community groups can access the money, as KEN LEE reports Croydon … Continue reading

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‘Hostile environment’ charity part of clampdown on beggars

A charity which has handed over details of its homeless clients to the Home Office, as part of Theresa May’s “hostile environment” deportation policy, is one of the agencies being used by Croydon Council in its “campaign” to clear the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Charity, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon’s Labour council in crackdown against street beggars

Compare and contrast. While local authorities, and not just Blairite-run Croydon, wring their hands piously over the “housing crisis” as they sell off more council homes than they build, on the streets of London every night, the homelessness crisis gets … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, London-wide issues, Policing, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

One Million Poundworld: store fined after judge smelt a rat

Poundworld, the town centre branch of a national chain, has been hit with a fine of £1.2million for food hygiene and health and safety offences after a Croydon Crown Court judge said: “The smell of rodents’ urine was discernible upon … Continue reading

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Council agrees reintroduction of free collections for bulk waste

The reintroduction of bulky waste collections free of charge from Croydon Council, announced at this week’s Town Hall cabinet meeting, comes after lobbying from Inside Croydon. The decision reverses a penny-wise, pound-foolish austerity cut applied by the previous Conservative administration. … Continue reading

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Newman attacks O’Connell over his Tory cuts to police

Monday night’s council cabinet meeting was the last before the summer break, and it produced a much-needed outbreak of political passion and rhetoric. Political editor WALTER CRONXITE trawled through the webcast so that you don’t have to Tony Newman, the … Continue reading

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Police Borough Commander: ‘I won’t attend a CCC meeting’

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, the first black officer appointed by the Metropolitan Police to be Croydon’s Borough Commander, has confirmed that neither he nor any other officers will be attending meetings organised by the controversial Croydon Community Consortium. Boothe is … Continue reading

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Slogans and Post-it notes, but no evidence of many new jobs

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a flagship employment scheme from Tony Newman’s Labour council which local trades unionists have criticised for failing to recognise … trades unions All is not well in the local Labour movement, after a senior Croydon trades … Continue reading

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