Tag Archives: London Assembly

Pelling set to run as independent for Mayor, and in Waddon

EXCLUSIVE: After 40 years in Croydon politics, councillor decides to run as the ‘non-party’ candidate, offering to axe council rent increases, sack a distrusted council planning director and start a forensic investigation to recover the millions lost on the Fairfield … Continue reading

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Tram passengers face 6.5% fare rise as TfL feels the squeeze

London’s Tube, bus and tram fares are to be increased by an average of almost 5per cent, the biggest annual jump in Transport for London fares since 2012, when Boris Johnson was London Mayor. The daily tram and bus cap … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan settles in for the long-haul and a third term

Sadiq Khan wants to be London’s first three-term Mayor. Khan was first elected as London’s Mayor in 2016,  succeeding Boris Johnson. Johnson, like Ken Livingstone before him, the capital’s first Mayor, had served two four-year terms. Now Khan, who was … Continue reading

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Boff bashes Boris, as careerist Philp digs himself into a hole

Croydon’s only Conservative MP is rapidly developing a reputation for cravenly saying anything that might get him a promotion. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Croydon South’s Tory MP Chris Philp is looking increasingly marginalised, and more ridiculous than ever, … Continue reading

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Bailey goes AWOL after losing position on two committees

Party animal Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor last year, has been forced to resign his position as chair on a second London Assembly committee over his part in the rumbling Tory “partygate” scandals. Last month, Bailey stood … Continue reading

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Croydon 2021: Where Eagles care and people power takes hold

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: In the second part of our review of the year, loyal readers step up to report raptor sightings, there’s the retirement of a much-admired Palace manager, worrying election results for Labour and the council … Continue reading

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The Shawcross Redemption: coming back to fix Croydon

Val Shawcross has spent her life in public service – a charity worker, then New Addington councillor and Croydon council leader in the 1990s; London Assembly member for nearly 20 years; London’s deputy mayor at City Hall in the 2010s; … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Callton Young, Jason Perry, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, No1 Croydon, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Bailey under fire for staging his own illegal Tory Party party

Questions are being asked about which Croydon and Sutton Conservatives attended their mayoral candidate’s lockdown-busting ‘raucous’ Christmas shin-dig. By WALTER CRONXITE There have been calls for Shaun Bailey to resign as chair of the London Assembly’s police and crime committee … Continue reading

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Tories try to make crime pay by misleading over figures

Croydon’s Conservatives have shifted up a gear in their campaign efforts ahead of next May’s local elections, but WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, has been fact-checking their latest video nasty Inside Croydon’s loyal reader has probably already twigged that there … Continue reading

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Food bank use up 74% in 5 years as London faces winter crisis

The need for food banks is still well above what it was before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and is a shocking 74per cent higher than it was in 2016, according to the latest figures from charity the Trussell … Continue reading

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Shawcross leads the way in first Labour Mayor nominations

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on a night of embarrassing snubs for the three Newman’s numpties who are seeking selection to be their party’s candidate in next year’s mayoral election Val Shawcross last night stormed to a decisive victory at the … Continue reading

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Tory Chancellor scores an own goal with London-lite Budget

Rishi Sunak took the capital for granted in his Budget speech yesterday, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said, and in doing so the Tory Chancellor scored an own goal for the nation’s economic recovery. Sunak allocated nearly £7billion to … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan orders urgent review into council homes building

Is Sadiq Khan looking to set up a super-sized Brick by Brick for housing delivery? And another London borough sacks its housing repairs contractors The Mayor of London has all but admitted that the Greater London Authority has not been … Continue reading

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‘Callous’ Universal Credit cuts are about to hit 1m Londoners

While Croydon Labour plans on cuts of up to £29 per week in Council Tax benefits for tens of thousands of the poorest households in the borough, the party’s politicians at City Hall have been describing the Tory government’s £25 … Continue reading

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Assembly Member calls for minimum wage rise to £10.85/hr

A London Assembly Member has today called on the government not only to make the £20 Universal Credit uplift permanent but also to increase urgently the minimum wage to a real London living wage of £10.85 an hour. Marina Ahmad, … Continue reading

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Thameslink can’t blame covid for service cuts, says Pidgeon

Swingeing cuts to rail services by Govia Thameslink Railway have caused one London Assembly Member to declare that she is “totally unsatisfied with the timetable GTR are providing”. Among the worst-affected are those who used to travel from Purley and … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: Risks greater now than in 2011

The key risk factors which led to rioting in Croydon and across the country 10 years ago are “even greater today than in 2011”, leaving London at risk of riots. That’s according to a review by Steve Reed OBE, the … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: A decade of missed opportunity

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Croydon riots, an outbreak of disorder that followed similar violence elsewhere in the capital that week in August 2011. Here, local lawyer and community activist MARINA AHMAD says that the government has failed … Continue reading

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London Mayor insists on masks on capital’s public transport

Face coverings must be worn on London’s buses, trains, Tube and trams, despite lockdown restrictions easing on Monday, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, announced overnight. Mayor Khan has made “the right decision”, according to Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones. … Continue reading

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Tories accused of ‘giving London a kicking’ over TfL funding

With the government exploiting difficulties arising over covid-19 to turn the financial screw on Transport for London, a Labour Assembly Member has accused the Tories of “giving London a kicking”. Elly Baker AM’s report, TfL Funding Settlement – Another short-term … Continue reading

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Voting figures suggest there’s a storm coming for Labour

Croydon’s own red wall turned blue in the London elections this month. Ward-level voting figures provide more bad news for Labour in Croydon, reports our resident psephologist, WALTER CRONXITE The unseasonable heavy rainfall in May is not the only reason … Continue reading

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Tories won’t scrutinise Grenfell scandal and Arcuri affair

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A week ago, we reported how horse-trading at City Hall had seen the Tories take their pick of the top posts on the various committees at the London Assembly. Here, MURAD QURESHI explains why that is a very … Continue reading

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Greens and LibDems team up with the Tories at City Hall

Less than a week since Assembly Members were elected to City Hall, a Labour party strop has left the London Assembly hobbled in its work of holding the capital’s devolved government to account, as the Greens and LibDems have forged … Continue reading

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Football club threatens libel action against three councillors

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on how the LibDems have been accused of having a ‘vendetta’ against Carshalton Athletic “At best incompetent, at worse downright dishonest, and in either case incredibly negligent.” That is how three Liberal Democrat councillors have … Continue reading

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Garratt doubles victory margin as he takes City Hall seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: Labour has slipped back in the London Assembly voting, with its worst result in Croydon and Sutton for 13 years. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Neil “Father Jack” Garratt was named on Saturday as Croydon and Sutton’s … Continue reading

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