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Labour uses shock tactics at Carshalton Environmental Fair

The Labour party in Carshalton and Wallington courted controversy on Monday at the Carshalton Environmental Fair by wearing face masks and industrial suits to protest against the decision by the local council to grant planning permission to the Beddington Lane … Continue reading

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Posted in 2014 council elections, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Environment, Mayor of London, Planning, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

UKIP results are “poison” to Conservatives in Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: If UKIP can gain Godstone in neighbouring Surrey, then what damage might they do to the Tories in Coulsdon or Purley, especially when 2014’s Town Hall elections are held along with European ballots? ANDREW PELLING has been crunching … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Coulsdon East, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, New Addington, Outside Croydon, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Boundary change vote leaves Barwell with nowhere to hide

The resounding 292 to 334 defeat of the Conservative-led Government in the House of Commons tonight, with the LibDems breaking their coalition to vote with Labour and others against proposed boundary changes to parliamentary seats, will have a significant impact … Continue reading

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Sutton’s Tories in meltdown as they face “yellow wash”

The Liberal Democrats defied all national trends and their party’s unpopular part in the ConDem coalition to hold Stonecot ward with a 7.7 per cent swing from the Conservatives in last Thursday’s Sutton Council by-election. If repeated in the 2014 … Continue reading

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Election questions: Marisha Ray, Liberal Democrats

The Croydon North by-election is on November 29, and Inside Croydon has put to candidates a set of questions. We will be putting the responses on the record, published without the artifice, interruptions and grandstanding of the usual hustings. We … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Boris Johnson, Croydon North, CSEP, Education, Health, Housing, Libraries, London Road Traders Association, Marisha Ray, Mayor of London, Paul Burstow MP, St Helier Hospital, Tom Brake MP, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

East is East for Barwell after boundary changes change

As former MP ANDREW PELLING observes, the revised proposals for the parliamentary constituencies in Croydon and Sutton suggest that in this part of south London, at least, the LibDems have driven a hard bargain The Boundary Commission’s latest proposals have … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, London-wide issues, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Selhurst, Selsdon & Ballards, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Clegg praises Reeves as “an inspiration to a generation”

In his keynote speech to his Liberal Democrats’ annual conference, Nick Clegg spoke with generous praise for Maurice Reeves, the senior member of the family-run Reeves furniture business in Croydon which was nearly destroyed by fire during the 8/8 riots … Continue reading

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Lording over democracy: what reforms we really need

Our report from the House of Commons on the Lords Reform debate produced several insightful comments from Inside Croydon readers. Reform of the second chamber may not be the most important matter facing the government, but it is significant because … Continue reading

Posted in Gavin Barwell, Inside Croydon, London-wide issues, Outside Croydon, Paul Burstow MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Labour targets tough-nut Croydon for 2014 borough elections

Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour opposition at Croydon Town Hall, was clearly enthused yesterday when he reported the positive response from his party’s members seeking to be candidates at the next borough elections in 2014. As many as … Continue reading

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Barwell fails to whip up support for unpopular Lords reform

Former MP ANDREW PELLING on how our local MPs chose to vote on the controversial Lords Reform Bill last night No gumption in evidence last night from four of our local MPs in resisting the flawed options for reform of … Continue reading

Posted in Archbishop Tenison's, Coloma, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Education, Gavin Barwell, Malcolm Wicks MP, Old Palace, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Schools, Tom Brake MP, Trinity School | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Sutton councillor calls for “all-out war” on the Tories

Croydon politics may be a red-blue duopoly but next door in Sutton, the LibDems have just completed 25 years in charge. Here, Sutton councillor LESTER HOLLOWAY outlines his progressive approach to the national government coalition and the 2014 local elections … Continue reading

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Brunswick Park, bloggers and the lessons of the Barnet Spring

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There was another council election defeat for the Tories last night that ought to reverberate all the way across London, says ANDREW PELLING “They have not exactly embraced transparency or welcomed being held to account by the borough’s … Continue reading

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MP Barwell admits: it’ll be Croydon East for me in 2015

Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, has declared himself as a candidate for the Conservative nomination for a parliamentary seat that does not exist (yet). Barwell told Inside Croydon that “I will apply for Croydon East”. This is a very … Continue reading

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Blue-rinsed Sutton shows real reasons for boundary changes

ANDREW PELLING’s expertise as a polling tipster saw him call correctly the outcome of voting in Croydon this month, by a margin of 484 votes out of almost 80,000 cast for Labour and the Tories. So Ladbrokes will be reading … Continue reading

Posted in Abigail Lock, Addiscombe West, Andrew Pelling, Ashburton, Broad Green, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Greens, Fairfield, Gordon Ross, Heathfield, London Assembly, New Addington, Norbury, Selhurst, South Croydon, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Tom Brake MP, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ward by ward: How Croydon voted on May 3

The full breakdown of voting results from the London Mayoral and Assembly elections on May 3 are now available through the London Elects website (you need to scroll well down the page for the link to the ward scores). But … Continue reading

Posted in Abigail Lock, Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Broad Green, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Fieldway, Heathfield, Kenley, London Assembly, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Norbury, Purley, Sanderstead, Selhurst, Selsdon & Ballards, Shirley, South Croydon, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Thornton Heath, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Latest vote results will help Brake decide which way to jump

When the ward-by-ward voting results from the London Assembly elections are released tomorrow, the music will begin in a game of musical seats for the MPs of Croydon and Sutton. ANDREW PELLING offers this guide to how things might be … Continue reading

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St Helier decision puts Sutton MP Burstow on the spot

CROYDON COMMENTARY: An MP for neighbouring Sutton got a most unwelcome birthday present yesterday, with the announcement of proposed closure to the Accident and Emergency and the maternity departments of St Helier Hospital. Here, ANDREW PELLING says that ConDem cuts … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Gavin Barwell, Health, Mayday Hospital, Mayor of London, Paul Burstow MP, St Helier Hospital, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Croydon woman who must try to keep Boris in check

Of all the election results for the London Assembly announced last Friday, few could have been as emphatic as that enjoyed by Valerie Shawcross. The former Labour leader of Croydon Council has been AM for Lambeth and Southwark since the … Continue reading

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Election votes all add up to more change across Croydon

ANDREW PELLING, a former Assembly Member, crunches the first set of numbers from Thursday’s London elections and finds some interesting trends for politics in Croydon For a while on Friday, the Conservatives thought that they had lost out at City … Continue reading

Posted in Abigail Lock, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Brian Paddick, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Gordon Ross, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Louisa Woodley, Mayor of London, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Thornton Heath, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Democracy fails as Ken and Boris both lack the X Factor

62% That’s the real figure that the chattering political classes of south London ought to be concerned about this weekend, after a minority of the people of Croydon and Sutton returned Steve O’Connell and Boris Johnson to City Hall. Turn-out … Continue reading

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All bets are off, as O’Connell is on cruise control for election

ANDREW PELLING, a former London Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton, gazes into his crystal ball to see what tomorrow’s Mayoral and GLA elections might have in store The bookmaker Paddy Power is already paying out on a Boris win … Continue reading

Posted in Abigail Lock, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Brian Paddick, Croydon Greens, Gordon Ross, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Louisa Woodley, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Croydon questions: Louisa Woodley, Labour

Inside Croydon has put a set of questions, mostly on policy, to all the candidates to become Sutton and Croydon’s GLA member. Here we have the final candidate’s responses on the record, publishing their responses in full, unedited, and without … Continue reading

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Brennan retirement signals shift at Sutton Town Hall

ANDREW PELLING reports on significant developments across the borough boundary in Sutton With the political destinies of Sutton and Croydon growing closer with the proposed creation of two hybrid Sutton and Croydon parliamentary seats, it pays to keep abreast of … Continue reading

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Sutton LibDem councillor switches to Labour over incinerator

For the first time since 2006, the Labour party has representation on Sutton Council. John Keys has represented the Beddington North ward as a LibDem councillor since 1998, but has this week opted to change parties because of his concerns … Continue reading

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Hooker’s life story that will make you fancy a ruck

Bruised and battered, STEVEN DOWNES reviews a local author’s new book which holds some painful memories This weekend will properly demonstrate how sport can go from the sublime to the ridiculous, barely pausing for breath along the way. This evening, … Continue reading

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