“I believe in community politics and local decision making”: interview with Amna Ahmad, Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on April 14th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas’ interviews with Croydon and Sutton’s London Assembly candidates continue, with Liberal Democrat Amna Ahmad making her case

Tell me a bit about yourself. What makes you passionate? Why are you standing for election to the London Assembly as the Lib Dem candidate for Croydon and Sutton?

I grew up in south London, but I was born in Pakistan, moving to London when … Read More »



“Running through all our policies like a stick of rock is climate change”: interview with Tracey Hague, Green Party candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on April 7th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas’ series of interviews with London Assembly candidates concludes, as Tracey Hague stakes out the Green case and ‘the power of good ideas’

Tell me a bit about yourself. What makes you passionate? Why are you standing for the London Assembly as the Green Party candidate for Croydon and Sutton?

Croydon born and bred, I am a mum of two boys and active … Read More »



“I want to make Croydon an area to be proud of”: interview with Peter Staveley, UKIP’s candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on March 24th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas talks to UKIP’s local candidate for May’s London Assembly election

Tell me a bit about yourself; what makes you passionate, and why you want to represent UKIP as the Croydon and Sutton representative on the London Assembly?

I got into politics initially because I discovered that the UK was paying a large amount of money every year (currently around £20 billion gross, … Read More »



“As mayor, I will stand up for London and work to make it greater still”: interview with Zac Goldsmith, Conservative candidate for Mayor of London

Posted on March 17th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

After speaking to Labour’s Sadiq Khan, Andrew Hamilton-Thomas interviews Conservative candidate for London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith

What makes you passionate about London and what is it that you want to see and plan on changing if you win office?

I was born and raised in London, and I love this city: its achievements, its deep sense of possibility, its confidence in its many identities. … Read More »



“Croydon needs the opportunity to fulfil its potential”: interview with Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London

Posted on March 3rd, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas interviews Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan

First of all, I’d like to ask you about the same areas I discussed with your colleague Marina. What’s your plan for housing?

London’s the greatest city in the world, but we’re at a crossroads. Typically, Londoners are being priced out of London because of the housing crisis and the cost of commuting. Croydon … Read More »



“I am committed to being a champion for my two boroughs”: interview with Steve O’Connell, Conservative candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on March 1st, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas continues his series of interviews by sitting down with Croydon and Sutton’s incumbent London Assembly member, Conservative Steve O’Connell

Tell us a bit about yourself and what makes you passionate about Croydon and Sutton.

Well I’m a local Croydon resident, and have been honoured to be the Greater London Assembly (GLA) Member for Croydon and Sutton for the past seven and a … Read More »



“I can be a rottweiler when necessary”: interview with Marina Ahmad, Labour’s candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on February 4th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

New contributor Andrew Hamilton-Thomas kicks off the Citizen‘s coverage of this year’s Croydon elections with an interview with Labour’s candidate for the London Assembly

Tell me a bit about yourself. What makes you passionate? What made you want to stand for election on the London Assembly as the Labour candidate for Croydon and Sutton?

I believe passionately in fairness and making a change in … Read More »