Tag Archives: Tim Pollard

Tories pick Perry as new leader in run-up to local elections

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports as the Town Hall’s opposition Conservatives stage their leadership reshuffle Jason Perry is Croydon’s Conservative opposition’s new leader, elected at a meeting of the borough’s Tory councillors last night. Croydon’s Tories have been enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Tories issue plea to members to help them ‘fill our hole’

Croydon’s Tories are calling for Tony Newman to stand down as council leader immediately, saying the Town Hall finances “are in an appalling state”. But with the slapstick comic timing of Frank “Ooo Betty” Spencer, the Conservatives’ criticism of Newman … Continue reading

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Pollard fires starting gun on race to be Croydon Tories’ leader

EXCLUSIVE: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, says that the next local election campaign has  just begun Croydon’s Conservatives have started a search for a new Town Hall leader after Tim Pollard, who has been in the job since 2014, announced … Continue reading

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Objections? What objections? Opposition? What opposition?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Has the council granted planning permission to a slew of sub-standard developments because the local Tories have allowed them to do so? STEVE WHITESIDE on the questions that Croydon Conservatives refuse to answer Have you ever wondered how … Continue reading

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Scaled-down town centre development could take 10 years

MT WALLETTE, our unbuilt shopping malls correspondent, reports on the deep hole that Croydon has got itself into over the aborted Westfield development Croydon Council has allowed itself to be mugged by a couple of multi-national developers, and has handed … Continue reading

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Council to debate Westfield after Newman’s pointless meeting

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on an attempt to block any discussion of the crisis for the town centre at next week’s full council meeting Tony Newman came back from his meeting with Westfield at City Hall yesterday empty-handed … Continue reading

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‘Time to close down Brick by Brick’ call by Croydon Tories

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the reaction to the latest shambles and scandal to emerge from the council’s failing house-building company Croydon Conservatives have today called for the Labour-run council to close down its loss-making in-house house-builder, Brick … Continue reading

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Stewart is latest Tory to ignore allegations against SPAC Nation

Croydon North MP Steve Reed will use this afternoon’s adjournment debate in the House of Commons about the controversial cult-like SPAC Nation to demand to know “how young people at risk right now will be protected, how traumatised victims will … Continue reading

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Croydon Tories’ leader distances himself from SPAC Nation

On the eve of the Fairfield council by-election, the leader of the Conservative group at Croydon Town Hall has tried to distance his local party from the controversial SPAC Nation. The Tory candidate in Thursday’s Fairfield by-election, 20-year-old Jayde Edwards, … Continue reading

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Newman ducks questions to show he’s all words, not deeds

TOWN HALL SKETCH: Who are we to believe? The last full council meeting until October descended into accusations from politicians of lying (ahh, the sweet irony), while the public’s petitions were re-written for them by council officials, until debate was … Continue reading

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Residents gather to bring an end to ‘Tony and his cronies’

Our political correspondent WALTER CRONXITE reports that moves to have Tony Newman replaced by a more accountable, directly elected Mayor, are gathering pace Tony Newman’s having a mayor. Around 60 people turned up at Christchurch, Purley, last night for the … Continue reading

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Only five Croydon Tory councillors listed as ‘Backing Boris’

Croydon Town Hall’s Conservatives are not backing Boris. That’s according to a listing published today by the Boris Johnson leadership campaign which includes just five of Croydon’s 29 Tory councillors, from among 1,000 Conservative elected representatives at local authorities around … Continue reading

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MP Jones wants council proposal for Shirley Library ‘ignored’

Our bookish gyms correspondent GENE BRODIE reports on how the local Labour MP has vowed to oppose plans to close a library in her constituency, as suggested in a report commissioned by the Labour-run council Sarah Jones, the Labour MP … Continue reading

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‘We’re doomed!’ Local Tories shut down discussion on Brexit

KEN LEE reports on how the Conservatives have decided to block their usual mass debates As new splits, divisions and dissent over Brexit rent the Conservative Party asunder at Westminster, here in Croydon, local Tories have shut down all discussion … Continue reading

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4.88% Council Tax increase gets backing from Croydon Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the opposition group last night supported tax increases in the ‘last Blairite council in London’ The Conservative “opposition” group on Croydon Council last night voted with the majority Labour councillors to see Council … Continue reading

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Croydon Tories’ Twitter gaffe as they demystify the anus

WALTER CRONXITE on the  latest ham-fisted bungling social media  campaign from the local Conservatives Could Conservatives in Croydon be about to emulate their party colleagues at a national level and stage a leadership contest? After a long, hot and – … Continue reading

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Newman breaks the law to keep councillors’ pay hike secret

By 10am today, Croydon Labour’s council leader Tony Newman had still failed to release the detail of his proposals to award himself – and his closest political chums – a whacking great pay rise. Newman’s plan to increase Croydon councillors’ … Continue reading

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Tories Brew up a nice little earner with £26,000 party subsidy

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the thousands of pounds of public money given by the council to the local Tory and Conservative parties Meet Simon Brew. You may never have heard of him before, but through your Council Tax over … Continue reading

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Tories on target to win back control of Town Hall in… 2118

Some of the spin being put on the outcome of the local elections would make Comical Ali blush with shame, as WALTER CRONXITE reports In the week since the local elections, both political parties have been making inflated claims of … Continue reading

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Pollard: Losing on planning legal appeals is ‘money well spent’

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Our eager Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, spent the evening at a debate in Old Coulsdon, so that you didn’t have to Not content with overseeing the publication of an uncosted local election manifesto that contains at least … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Andrew Pelling, Coulsdon, Tim Pollard, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

£83.78m – the incredible price of Tories’ uncosted promises

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: From £10 refunds when your bins aren’t collected to council-funded zip wires. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, has had his abacus out to tot-up the cost of the promises contained in Croydon Conservatives’ local election manifesto The 2018 … Continue reading

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Pollard’s manifesto makes election a question of honesty

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Four years ago, the Conservatives in Croydon demonstrated their contempt for the electorate by not even bothering with a manifesto. This time round, as political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports, what they have produced is simply not very credible … Continue reading

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Speakman quits Tory party and launches attack on ageism

EXCLUSIVE: WALTER CRONXITE on the latest recriminations over party selections for the local elections next month Donald Speakman, a Tory councillor in Purley for the past 16 years, has resigned from the Conservative Party and has started a campaign to … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Badsha Quadir, Donald Speakman, Purley, Purley Pool, Simon Brew, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tory Dick has commitment issues over election and pulls out

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on further last-minute candidate shuffling It is not just Labour who seem to have difficulties with selecting their candidates for the Town Hall elections on May 3. Croydon Tories have discovered commitment issues. In New … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Ace Nnorom, Fieldway, Neville Dick, New Addington, New Addington North, Philip Sheppard, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Purley debating society gets all political before local elections

Local elections must be coming, because the Purley and Coulsdon Debating Society has gone all political with its topic for April. As the event, on Monday April 16, is being staged in true-blue Coulsdon, it is probably unsurprising that the … Continue reading

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