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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

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London’s eight wasted years under Tory Mayor Johnson

As Boris Johnson wafts through his final days in power at City Hall – much like the manner in which he has wafted through the previous 2,922 days in office – WALTER CRONXITE tries to find what the Tory Mayor … Continue reading

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165 votes: A campaigner’s guide to scraping to success

It’s the publishing event of the year, at least in one household in Sanderstead. GAVIN BARWELL’s first book – How To Win A Marginal Seat – is published this Thursday. Here is an exclusive extract in which the Croydon Central … Continue reading

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Tandridge has plans for thousands of homes on Green Belt

A neighbouring Tory-run local authority in Surrey is consulting on bulldozing a golf course and redeveloping next to a Battle of Britain conservation area in a drive to build thousands of homes on the Green Belt, reports WALTER CRONXITE Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Tory Chancellor cuts £45m from Croydon Council’s funding

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Tory Government sneaked out some bad news for local authorities just before Christmas, and it is leaving Croydon Council seriously short-changed, says Councillor SIMON HALL The draft local government financial settlement was announced a week before Christmas, … Continue reading

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The year in review, as it really happened inside Croydon

2015 marked the fifth year of publication of Inside Croydon, and we’re proud to continue to offer truly independent coverage of what is really happening in the borough, the unvarnished truth, without influence or favours from the speculators or politicians, … Continue reading

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‘Show me the money!’ Newman takes on the Home Office

Tony Newman described it at the Town Hall last night as, “Levels of incompetence I’ve not seen before.” And given the conduct of some of his most senior councillors, Newman’s seen loads of incompetence in his time. The leader of … Continue reading

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City Hall keeps National Sports Centre on amber for months

The future of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, which was subject to an expensively drafted con-consultation run by CSM Strategic, a company of which the Lord of the Olympic Rings himself, Sebastian Coe, is the executive chairman, remains … Continue reading

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Labour’s London list candidates display a Croydon bypass

Labour has announced its “list” candidates for next year’s London Assembly elections, and there is not a single figure associated with the council in Croydon included. As well as the 14 London Assembly Members elected from constituencies, a further 11 … Continue reading

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Barwell fan Cope is named as Tories’ 12th man on London list

A hitherto not very highly regarded sometime member of Croydon Conservatives has been included as the 12th – and last – name on the Tories’ “list” candidates for election to the London Assembly next May. Jonny Cope is a fully … Continue reading

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Creasy gives up her pay rise as an example to Croydon MPs

Now here’s an idea for this kinder, gentler era of politics: Croydon’s three MPs could ask their constituents how to use the money from their recent pay hike – up 10 per cent, now at £74,000 per year for back … Continue reading

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Coulsdon residents demand Philp delivers new primary school

Chris Philp, Croydon South’s new MP – and a man who sits on a platform with The Taxpayers’ Alliance where one of their number seriously advocates that the Tory government should cut pensioners’ benefits because many affected would “not be … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Cane Hill, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Education, Environment, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Planning, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Undertones of McDonnell’s speech heard first in Croydon

If Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader thought that parts of the speech given at the Labour Party Conference today by John McDonnell, the new shadow chancellor, sounded familiar, then they really ought not be surprised. Many of the thoughts behind the … Continue reading

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As Newman ‘celebrates’, Whitgift workers fret over future

The £1bn Hammersfield supermall may prove to be regenerative for Croydon’s economy. Once it is built. But as STEVEN DOWNES reports, uncertainty over development timescales is blighting existing businesses The start of building work on the redevelopment of Croydon town … Continue reading

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Tory MP Philp is quick to curry favour with local party donor

Here in Croydon in 2015, it is still not what you know, but who you know that counts. What other conclusion can any reasonable person reach from discovering that Chris Philp, Croydon South’s new MP, has nominated the Royal Tandoori … Continue reading

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Londoners left to count the cost of part-time Tory Mayor

The announcement over the weekend that London’s fleet of Boris Buses are to have windows retro-fitted to their upper decks, because the air-conditioning in the £350,000-a-time Roastmasters has never worked, offers as good a reason as any for our Transport … Continue reading

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MP Reed clings to shadow job under ‘unelectable’ Corbyn

Never let it be said that Steve Reed OBE isn’t a… hmm… let’s call him a pragmatic politician. Although many others might regard him as a political chameleon or, worse, a hypocrite. Just a few weeks after declaring that Jeremy … Continue reading

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Khan-do attitude sees off challenge from Blairite baroness

Sadiq Khan, the south London MP who had financial backing for his campaign from a Croydon property developer, has been selected to be Labour’s candidate to run for London Mayor next year. The announcement, made at the Festival Hall at … Continue reading

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Tory councillor aids roads lobbyist expelled from UKIP

JEREMY CLACKSON, Inside Croydon’s Motoring Correspondent, has uncovered evidence that one of the borough’s most senior Tory councillors has been busily assisting a roads lobbyist to undermine efforts to make the borough’s streets safer for all When the Labour group … Continue reading

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Tumbleweed moment as Tessa fails to chime with Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE reports that the latest polling results on the London Mayoral candidate selection are not being reflected in Croydon Two events, staged for the same audience, at the same venue, just 48 hours apart. The contrast ought to cause … Continue reading

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