Tag Archives: Tony Blair

Deferential leader wants to serve power, not to challenge it

In his latest exclusive column for this website, ANDREW FISHER asks whether only two Union flags in a video on Coronation day is sufficiently obsequious for the Labour leader A Labour leader called Keir once said that, “The toady who … Continue reading

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Chilcot Report findings on Iraq War are damning for Blair

DAVID WHITE on the main findings of the Chilcot Report, published today, into the circumstances which led to the disastrous second Iraq War “I will be with you, whatever”: Tony Blair to George Bush in July 2002, months before the … Continue reading

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Union group accuses MP Reed of ‘appalling nonsense’

Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South, has lost the support of some of Croydon’s trades unionists, with one group promising to stand a candidate against the Bliarite “New Labour” advocate at next May’s General Election. The Trades Unionist … Continue reading

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Croydon Central open primary: Alisa Flemming

Alisa Flemming, an Upper Norwood councillor, worked for Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks for 10 years. Her employment as a busy caseworker in the MP’s office leaves Flemming well-qualified to tackle the job of helping constituents as an MP. Flemming … Continue reading

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Croydon Central open primary: Fiona Dent

Fiona Dent has been a Labour party member for 35 years and lives in Maidenhead where she has been a local government officer. She has previously been a social worker and a probation officer. Before moving to Maidenhead, Dent was … Continue reading

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Croydon Central open primary: Jane Avis

Jane Avis is an experienced and long-serving councillor for South Norwood, and is shadow cabinet member at the Town Hall for the challenging brief of health and social care. She also has the experience of previously contesting a Croydon constituency, … Continue reading

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Boundary change vote leaves Barwell with nowhere to hide

The resounding 292 to 334 defeat of the Conservative-led Government in the House of Commons tonight, with the LibDems breaking their coalition to vote with Labour and others against proposed boundary changes to parliamentary seats, will have a significant impact … Continue reading

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Ken’s Croydon visit sees the “two-horse race” run again

Any hopes that Lee Jasper might have had that his former boss, Ken Livingstone, would back his campaign for election to parliament as the Respect candidate in Croydon North look set to be dashed on Wednesday morning. Livingstone, the former … Continue reading

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Near-death experience gave candidate taste for life in Croydon

Bill Clinton was nicknamed “the comeback kid”, yet even in the US President’s roller-coaster career, he can never lay claim to having been once at the levers of power, to try to return after breaking his neck and almost losing … Continue reading

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Former Blair adviser on Labour shortlist for Croydon North

A former Downing Street adviser to Tony Blair on race issues is among a five-strong shortlist announced this afternoon by the Labour Party as it seeks to choose a candidate for the Croydon North by-election. The shortlist is a model … Continue reading

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Inside Croydon profiles Labour’s short-listed candidates

The decision on who is to be the next MP for Croydon North will be taken on November 3. That’s when Croydon North Labour members meet to choose their party’s candidate for the parliamentary seat when a by-election is held … Continue reading

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Malcolm Wicks memorial: Croydon Minster, Fri Oct 19

A Memorial Service for Malcolm Wicks MP will be held at 11am on Friday October 19 at Croydon Minster. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall across the Minster Green.

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Gordon Brown and Tony Blair lead tributes to Malcolm Wicks

Tributes from all sections of politics, blue as well as red, continued to be made to Malcolm Wicks, Croydon North’s first Labour MP, who died on Saturday.

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‘MPs are being chosen by tiny bunches of people’

Local democracy is in a state of terminal decay, through disinterest, apathy, disgust with politicians and general ignorance, with the effect that unrepresentative cabals are dominating the national political agenda, from Town Hall to parliament, often assuming power simply by … Continue reading

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Boyfriend of murdered Sally Ann claims his phone was hacked

The “hackgate” scandal looks to have found a Croydon angle, with the boyfriend of murdered model Sally Anne Bowman joining the likes of Wayne Rooney, the family of David Beckham, and even Cherie Blair in taking legal action against News … Continue reading

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Not everyone recognises a good thing on the election trail

Saturday morning, what do you do? Bit of shopping, perhaps? Ken Livingstone was in the market for some more votes in his campaign to be elected as London’s Mayor on May 3 as he spent a couple of hours touring … Continue reading

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