Tag Archives: London

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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‘You’re stuffed’: O’Connell attacks Tory housing policy

London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell last night launched an unexpected attack on his own party’s housing policies. “If you earn around £35,000, you’re basically stuffed,” O’Connell said dismissively of the impact of Conservative policy when speaking to a small, supportive … Continue reading

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Referendum uncertainty sees slowdown in house-building

House-building in London has “slowed down considerably”, according to a report published today by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, who blame a lack of skilled workers, a shortage of available building sites, and market uncertainties caused by the … Continue reading

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London election candidates need to ‘be brave’ on transport

One of those who stood against Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London Mayor has called upon all those standing in next month’s elections, from borough councillors upwards, to show some leadership, abandon the tendency of following the path … Continue reading

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Mayoral matrix that highlights candidate similarities

Another day, another London Mayoral infographic.

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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

Council’s private housing company signs up architects’ firms

After going to the trouble of recreating its own borough architects’ department, Croydon Council has now gone and signed up seven firms of architects – yes, seven – to design between them the hundreds of new homes across the borough. … Continue reading

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Tory O’Connell oversees yet more cuts for Croydon policing

Having already had the majority of the borough’s police stations closed under the current Conservative Mayor of London, yesterday saw an announcement from the Metropolitan Police that it is to shut five of Croydon’s community bases for its safer neighbourhood … Continue reading

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We’re on a road to nowhere with London transport policies

A leading transport commentator has said that there’s disappointingly little to choose between London’s two leading candidates for Mayor on one of the major issues facing the capital. Christian Wolmar is one of the country’s leading transport correspondents, and was … Continue reading

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From a Polish prince to the cannabis party: the Mayoral choice

There will be 12 names on the ballot paper on May 5 bidding to become the third Mayor of London, it was confirmed this morning. As the race proper for City Hall gets under way, the battle lines between Labour’s … Continue reading

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Winston McKenzie shows poor form for the London Mayor race

Winston “the Chump from the Dump” McKenzie is out of the London Mayor election before it has even started. The Croydon-based serial election loser was supposed to be standing for the far-right English Democrats (after having tried his luck, and … Continue reading

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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

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MP Reed accuses library campaign of ‘disgusting’ lobbying

Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Lambeth South/Croydon North (delete according to taste) has entered the row over the closures of four Lambeth libraries, including Upper Norwood Library losing all its professional staff at the end of April, by … Continue reading

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Part-time culture director to get £39,000 for six months’ work

BELLA BARTOCK, our arts correspondent, discovers that splitting the time of a Brighton council executive is raising questions at both ends of the A23 The council’s new executive in charge of culture, Paula Murray, will be paid £39,000 for her … Continue reading

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McKenzie makes desperate plea for £60,000 in Mayor bid

Failed boxer Winston McKenzie’s political career could be about to be dealt a knock-out blow, and his hopes of running for London Mayor dashed for lack of cash. The serial political loser, who left UKIP last year complaining of racism, … Continue reading

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Tory mayoral hopeful apologises for email blunder – by email

Old Etonian millionaire Zac Goldsmith, the Tories’ candidate for London Mayor, has this afternoon been forced to issue an apology to more than 50 Croydon residents as a result of his campaign team’s blundering, as reported this morning by Inside … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Chris Philp MP, Gavin Barwell MP, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon charity chief to speak for homeless on LBC

Croydon charity chief Jad Adams is to be the voice of London on homelessness for the period of the Mayoral election campaign. Adams, who is the chair of the Croydon-based charity Nightwatch, is part of a panel that the radio … Continue reading

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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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Bungling Boris loses £900m and jeopardises tram extension

Financial and project mismanagement on a multi-million-pound scale under Boris Johnson means that whoever is elected to succeed London’s Tory Mayor in May will not have so much money available for major capital projects, such as the much-promised Tramlink extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Evening Boris, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

#BackZacAndCrack to stage secret rave in Croydon this week

Local MP Chris Philp is organising a rave this week for his mate, Old Etonian millionaire Zac Goldsmith. Property fund expert Philp has been very busy lately, since being elected as MP to represent the people of Croydon South last … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments