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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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Murder on the dance floor as Newman checks who’s in step

Ignore the pointless “debate” on the EU referendum and badly sung versions of Land of Hope and Glory. Monday’s council meeting was in fact a thinly disguised contest to judge the performances in the Town Hall chamber of some of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Mark Watson, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, Oliver Lewis, Sadiq Khan MP, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Newman’s time for change as he faces threat of ‘dead sheep’

WALTER CRONXITE on the ins and outs of the latest council “non-reshuffles”, and how the the spectre of #WadGate and others’ past crimes still stalk the Town Hall’s corridors of (not much) power “They used to say that being attacked … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Hamida Ali, Heathfield, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Margaret Mead, Mark Watson, Matthew Kyeremeh, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, Kenley, Knife crime, Mayor of London, Policing, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Tramlink, Transport, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly, London Fire Brigade, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Sian Berry, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2016 London elections, Croydon North, Florence Eshalomi, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, Sadiq Khan MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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

Posted in 2016 London elections, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

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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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

Council’s ‘wrong’ leader could face a night-mayor of a vote

WALTER CRONXITE on a revisited proposal which gives the strongest indication yet of how one Croydon MP sees his own career prospects It’s beginning to look a lot like Gavin Barwell is lining up his next job. The idea of … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Gerry Ryan, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, Paul Scott, Shirley, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Hammerson admit £1bn Croydon supermall delayed till 2021

Finally, Hammersfield have admitted publicly that work on their £1billion supermall, a deal which Tory MP Gavin Barwell and London Mayor Boris Johnson boasted would secure Croydon’s future, now won’t start until 2017. Adding the words “at the earliest” would … Continue reading

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It’s jams today and jams tomorrow with TfL’s Fiveways scheme

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Transport for London’s announcement this week of its preferred option for a road scheme at the Purley Way by Waddon Station has generally been regarded as the least bad of two bad choices. Here, AUSTEN COOPER highlights some … Continue reading

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Homes to be sacrificed as part of TfL’s Purley Way proposals

Transport for London today confirmed that they have abandoned the £85 million Boris Flyover scheme they proposed for the A232 Croydon Road where it meets the Purley Way. Instead, they want to widen a road bridge over the railway line … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Housing, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, Pubs, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Boris’s last stand: Mayor’s Question Time comes to Croydon

Who said there would be no pantomime at the Fairfield Halls in 2016? Boris Johnson is staging one of his Mayor’s Question Times at the Croydon venue on March 3. That’s probably as close to the election purdah period as … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Crystal Palace Park, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell MP, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport, Upper Norwood, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ticket offices at 11 railway stations face possible closure

Ticket offices serving a total of 27 million passengers a year at 11 railway stations in Croydon and Sutton are under threat of closure. Commuters, already fed up with spiraling ticket prices and delayed and over-crowded trains, risk seeing their … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Commuting, Coulsdon, Mayor of London, Norbury, Purley, Sanderstead, Selhurst, Sutton Council, Thornton Heath, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Boris finally abandons plans to demolish Crystal Palace track

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has finally abandoned his ill-considered plans to demolish Crystal Palace’s athletics stadium and indoor track, following the deeply flawed consultation conducted by a company which has London’s Olympic hero, Seb Coe, as its executive chairman. … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Athletics, Boris Johnson, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Darren Johnson, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Property, Sport, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment