Battling over Brexit in Croydon

Posted on July 24th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 13 comments

As Brexit continues to dominate headlines, it’s time to take a look at this national issue from a local level

It has been just over two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union and, to this day, little advancement in negotiations have been made and calls for a second vote have been consistent. It was a close vote, especially within Croydon as, while the … Read More »

Two years on and Brexit is still going strong

Posted on June 14th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 20 comments

Twenty-four months after the EU referendum, where are we in Croydon?

On 24th May Croydon’s Leave campaign team held a public meeting in Clyde Hall, Croydon, to discuss Britain’s opportunities outside the EU. The meeting had guest speakers Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South, and London Assembly member, David Kurten. Each spoke followed by a Q&A, with much follow-up discussion afterwards.

Chris supported the Remain campaign … Read More »

Make yourself heard at this sociable foreign-language club

Posted on May 1st, by Barnaby Powell in Culture. No Comments

Welcome, bienvenue, bienvenido, benvenuto, willkommen to the Croydon Social Language Club!

Most of us Brits are monoglots – we can only speak our own language, which is English. Unless we have parents born overseas who have shared their native language with us, or we’ve taken the trouble or had the opportunity to learn other languages, we lack the ability to converse with those from other countries. Even … Read More »

The EU referendum is not a done deal

Posted on April 26th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 4 comments

There are things that you can do to stop the UK leaving the EU

Ahead of the local elections in early May and before we get to choose our dictators after they’ve told us what we think it is we want to hear, let us raise our sights above and beyond the local scourges of knife crime, rogue landlords and pestilential fly tipping to focus on an … Read More »

The campaign for Brexit: one year on

Posted on June 28th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 2 comments

In a longform retrospective, Michael Swadling reflects on running the Leave campaign in Croydon

A year ago the referendum was held on our membership of the EU. In addition to the national campaigns, we had locally run campaigns here in Croydon. I ran the Vote Leave campaign for the borough and – having just been through another vote – it’s a good time to look back at … Read More »

The Brexit effect on Croydon’s general election

Posted on May 26th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 8 comments

We’re having an unexpected election because of an unexpected result, and its shockwaves are felt in Croydon’s campaigns

We are where we are. Unfortunately, much of the discussion since the Brexit vote has been diverted into places where we are not. It can be a good place to hide if you don’t like where we are, but doesn’t change the reality.

Where we are is that … Read More »

Winter in brief

Posted on February 23rd, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of winter 2016-2017, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Annual ‘Big Street Clean’ sees young Ahmadiyya Muslims tidy up Croydon on New Year’s Day

Young men from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) Croydon celebrated the start of 2017 by waking at the crack of dawn. After offering communal prayers for a prosperous year ahead and their usual morning prayer, they took to the streets, … Read More »

News in brief summer 2016

Posted on September 5th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of the summer, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon voted to remain in the European Union

The debate over staying in or leaving the EU raged across the UK in the first half of this year, and Croydon saw its share of skirmishes between the campaigns. Street stalls from all sides were regularly present, with non-political groups also holding events to discuss … Read More »

Event report: Croydon’s young people’s Use Your Voice initiative, Tuesday 2nd August

Posted on August 9th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. No Comments

Max Shirley reports on a Brexit debate with a difference

I must start with an apology: I’m sorry that you are being subjected to yet another article about Brexit, and I promise that this one will be a little different to all of the others that you have read.

Tuesday 2nd August saw 16-25 year olds flock to Project B in Middle Street, Croydon … Read More »

Brexit: a brighter future for a great town

Posted on July 25th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 14 comments

Fed up with doomsaying and wanting to respond to concerns about Brexit, Leave campaigner Michael Swadling offers some optimism, and reflects on the referendum in Croydon

The 23rd June was a great day for British democracy. The people stood up against all sides of the establishment and voted to make a fundamental change to our constitution, once again making Britain a sovereign state.

In Croydon, Remain … Read More »