Andrew Pelling


#Datablog: How the general election was won and lost in Croydon

Posted on July 9th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Robert Ward dives deep into the data of Election 2015 and, with a little help from calculated assumptions, paints a picture of how the borough made its mind up

The recent general election reminds us that just because there’s a consensus doesn’t mean that the consensus is right. Most predictions were for a hung parliament. The polls fooled pretty much everybody, including me.

The … Read More »



The Public Gallery: No Kippers for Barwell

Posted on November 27th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Tom Black wonders whether a dislike of Kippers will get Gavin Barwell smoked in 2015

Barwell considered second least likely UKIP defector

Gavin Barwell is considered by the bookies to be the second least likely Conservative MP to defect to UKIP. The least likely? David Cameron.

It’s a logical show of faith in the loyalty of the Croydon Central MP who is – unlike some … Read More »



How suitable is Segas House for a new central Croydon primary school?

Posted on July 31st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Sean Creighton listens with concern to the debate about a new primary school for Park Lane

Discussion of the suitability of Segas House on Park Lane in central Croydon – directly opposite the Fairfield Halls – as a location for a primary school has highlighted the problem of the support all schools give to sports activities for their pupils.

Both issues were discussed at Croydon Council’s … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Adjusting to power (and to opposition)

Posted on June 12th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Labour is running our town again, for the first time since 2006. Tom Black looks at how the party is adjusting to its responsibilities and how the Conservatives are handling opposition

Labour claims a flying start on flytipping

Labour’s back. In more ways than one – the new cabinet contains faces familiar to those who watched the last Labour council, which left office in 2006, in … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Boris and Lucas on the campaign trail ’14

Posted on May 15th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

The polls open one week from today. In another bumper TPG (there is an election coming up, after all) Tom Black reviews another intense week of campaigning – with ‘celebrity’ guests

Caroline Lucas MP raises Green spirits even further than usual

Shouts to Andrew Pelling of ‘are you going to join the Greens next, Andrew?’ were the first thing I became aware of when … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Free speech, smears and non-debates

Posted on April 10th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 9 comments

Tom Black looks into the eye of a political storm that raged around Croydon Radio this week

Ulterior motives a possibility in the ‘outrage’ over Bieneosa Ebite’s National Front interview

On Sunday, during a four hour radio election special, Croydon Radio’s Bienesoa Ebite broadcasted a pre-recorded interview with local National Front member Tony Martin. How this came about, and what has happened since, is … Read More »



‘I know exactly how I’d attack me’: Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell on Lillian’s Law, real-time tweeting and life outside Westminster

Posted on April 8th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Tom Black meets Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, and talks success, regrets and why some people seem so afraid of him

Those who imagine the MP for Croydon Central living the Westminster high life would be disappointed by his entrance. He saunters into Matthew’s Yard, hands in pockets and clad in the most casual of fleeces. Spotting me – we’ve met half a dozen … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Happy Blue Year?

Posted on January 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon Conservatives are more optimistic about May’s elections than their colleagues in the European Parliament. In the first Public Gallery of 2014, Tom Black tries to find out why

What have the Conservatives got to look forward to this year?

The Conservatives tried to end 2013 on a high. And why not? They had selected a highly electable candidate for a highly safe seat in Croydon … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Party games for riot victims, and the ambitious Mr Pelling

Posted on December 12th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Riot From Wrong screening at Fairfield Halls attended by no Conservatives

Last week, on the same night as the rather wind-ravaged party to celebrate the new bridge at East Croydon, young filmmakers Fully Focused came to the Fairfield Halls for a showing and Q&A of their documentary, Riot From Wrong. The film, which I found to be an exceptionally well-made and thought-provoking piece of work, is reviewed in more detail here … Read More »