Tag Archives: Liberal Democrats

Protestors to make a pantomime out of Sutton mayor-making

Sutton Greens and anti-incinerator campaigners from Croydon and across south London are planning to protest at the formal mayor-making ceremony at the civic centre later this month, when LibDem councillor Richard “Bernie” Clifton is set to don the ermine and … Continue reading

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‘Silent Steve’ is back on gravy train thanks to Sutton votes

Steve O’Connell, a former mortgage salesman (he quit that job when he found the tax-payer paid more generously), has got his pension pot sorted, with £220,000 guaranteed income for the next four years, as the results from the London Assembly … Continue reading

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In low-key election, the Tories’ invisible man should win

Two years ago, WALTER CRONXITE correctly predicted the 40/30 seat result in the Croydon Council elections. Last year, he said Croydon Central was “too close to call”. So, will he be right in his prediction of tomorrow’s Croydon and Sutton … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Fiona Twycross, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

O’Connell squeezed as Greens and LibDems go tactical

With two days to go until the London elections, and “Silent Steve” O’Connell, the London Assembly Member for Sutton and Croydon, has found himself in a double squeeze which could see him kicked off the City Hall gravy train where … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Sian Berry, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Khan braced for Tory attacks as poll gives him 20% lead

In what is probably the final, meaningful opinion poll (oxymoron klaxon) before voting in the London elections next Thursday, Labour’s Sadiq Khan – “the council estate boy from south London” – appears on track to become the capital’s third mayor, … Continue reading

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Sutton councillor turns Green, but stays independent

The £1 billion South London incinerator, which is being constructed for operators Viridor at Beddington Lane, is fast becoming a hot issue of the City Hall elections, with political parties and candidates fighting each other to condemn the costly scheme … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon Greens, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Refuse collection, Sadiq Khan MP, Shasha Khan, Sian Berry, Waste incinerator, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayoral matrix that highlights candidate similarities

Another day, another London Mayoral infographic.

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#BackZacAndCrack shown two red cards by Generation Rent

One of the advantages of social media is the publication by various interest groups – from lobbyists and charities through to estate agents – of infographics, snappy illustrations of news. Like this one, from Generation Rent, published today on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Whistleblower’s book ignored by all Croydon’s councillors

Local government worker ROB TAPE decided to write a book based on the experiences of his council work career. He called it Sorry, It’s Not My Department. He then wrote to all 70 of Croydon’s councillors. He received not a … Continue reading

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London Assembly candidate calls for inquiry over incinerator

Marina Ahmad, Labour’s London Assembly candidate in Croydon and Sutton, is demanding an investigation into the contracts and deals surrounding the £1billion Viridor incinerator being built at public expense on Beddington Lane, on the Croydon-Sutton borough boundary. “The incinerator scheme … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Sadiq Khan MP, Steve O'Connell, Waste incinerator, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Viridor boasts of incinerator support from ex-BNP member

The latest “community update” from Beddington incinerator operators Viridor gives pride of place to a former member of the BNP. The news update for what Viridor insists on passing off as an “Energy Recovery Facility” – it will burn thousands … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sutton admits incinerator heating could end up in High Court

A tender guidance document raises a lot of awkward questions for Sutton Council’s leadership over its continued support for the £1bn Beddington incinerator and its heating network. WALTER CRONXITE reports Sutton published a tender on Friday for SDEN, the Sutton … Continue reading

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The council incinerator report Sutton didn’t want you to see

THE COVER-UP: Last month, we reported how a “cheap energy” scheme that Sutton Council wants to force on to Barratt’s Felnex development at Hackbridge is based on a big, juicy lie. Here, WALTER CRONXITE uncovers the report which shows that … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Nick Mattey, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Sutton feels heat over scheme that’s not the real McCoy

Sutton Council’s devoted support for Viridor’s Beddington Lane incinerator  is seeing them trying to flog heating to a Barratt’s housing development at Hackbridge at three times the current market price.  Report by WALTER CRONXITE Cheap, almost cost-free energy to heat … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Environment, Nick Mattey, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Profits of doom: How to make millions from burning crap

Croydon Council, by signing up with the South London Waste Partnership, has gone into the incineration business. For 25 years, our council will be spending £10 million a year for the privilege of polluting the south London atmosphere. Meanwhile, someone … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Outside Croydon, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Incinerator campaigner challenges Sutton over air quality

Sutton Council, which has allowed planning permission for a massive waste incinerator to be built at Beddington, has received a £5,000 payment from an environment campaigner following a High Court challenge to the scheme last year. And with the cheque, … Continue reading

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TfL takeover of commuter train service is eight years overdue

And so the political chicanery by the public school boys begins. One Old Etonian Tory, Boris Johnson, this morning handed another Old Etonian Tory, Zac Goldsmith, a parting gift as London Mayor when he announced that Transport for London is … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Caroline Pidgeon, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Coulsdon, East Croydon, Gavin Barwell MP, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross, West Croydon, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Sutton LibDems expel councillor for alleging corruption

Sutton Council’s Liberal Democrats are proving themselves to be most illiberal and not very democratic, after they managed to kick a councillor, Nick Mattey, out of their party for daring to try to represent the interests of residents in his … Continue reading

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A&Es fail to assist police with enquiries on knife crime

John Goulston, the chief executive of Mayday, could find himself summoned by Mayor of London Boris Johnson to explain why Croydon’s biggest hospital has not been helping the police with their enquiries, in a capital-wide scheme intended to help to … Continue reading

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Town centre high rise towers are building up divisions

CROYDON COMMENTARY: East Croydon resident ROD DAVIES joins the debate about the over-development of the town centre, with a warning for the future If the Greater London Authority is correct that Croydon needs to provide 40,000-plus homes in the future, … Continue reading

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