Chris Philp


What can Croydon do for Israel and Palestine?

Posted on July 5th, by Samuel Ali in Politics & Society. 11 comments

How Croydon MPs and a Croydon artist have reacted to the issues in Israel and Gaza

There is a familiar course of action followed by the British government after escalations of violence in Palestine. First, a ‘neutral’ call that both sides show restraint whilst insisting that Israel has the right to defend itself; then a grudging recognition of the one-sided civilian death toll as it becomes undeniable; and, … Read More »



Two years on and Brexit is still going strong

Posted on June 14th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 19 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 »



Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



Event review: Purley Festival 2017

Posted on July 11th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Now in its sixth year, Purley Festival 2017 showcased the best of Croydon’s creativity and community spirit

The sun shone on the Rotary Field on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July as thousands joined together to enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and fun during the finale of Purley Festival.

In these uncertain times, there is something special about people uniting to celebrate the … Read More »



Sarah Jones has gained Croydon Central for Labour

Posted on June 9th, by Zach Baker in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Croydon Central result changes Croydon’s political map for first time since 2005

After a long night of counting and deliberation, the results came in for Croydon’s three constituencies. Croydon North and Croydon South have been traditionally safe seats for the Labour and Conservative parties respectively. This year’s results kept those seats in the red and blue columns. However Croydon Central swung left and was gained by the … 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 »



In #GE2017, decisions made in Croydon will matter

Posted on April 26th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 5 comments

As Theresa May’s election snaps at our heels, Max Shirley takes a look at the issues for Croydon

If you think you’ve trekked to the postbox or polling station quite enough recently, then I’m sure that you won’t be too happy with Tuesday 18th April’s news that a snap election is upon us. Confirmed by the Commons’ vote on Wednesday by 522 votes to 13 … Read More »



Do the numbers add up for Croydon grammar schools?

Posted on March 30th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 8 comments

A modest increase in grammar school places would be good for Croydon

Money set aside in this week’s budget is another step towards more grammar school places for Croydon, as strongly supported by Croydon South’s MP Chris Philp and Steve O’Connell, our local GLA member. This won’t happen any time soon – but the sooner the better for those of us who support a modest increase in … Read More »



Who’s really responsible for the ‘saga of Southern’?

Posted on September 15th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The train blame game is putting Southern to shame, but is it as plain as they claim?

Train delays on services from Croydon? The consensus is it’s all Southern’s fault, or rather Govia Thameslink Railways’ (GTR’s) fault as the parent company.

That the Labour Party jumps on that bandwagon is unsurprising. Their far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn sees nationalisation as the solution to pretty much everything.

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Croydon’s boundary reforms: what you need to know

Posted on September 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Tom Black explains what the parliamentary boundary changes could mean for Croydon

The 2016 boundary review, tasked with equalising the population in constituencies as far as possible and – controversially – reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600, has delivered its verdict on Croydon. After talk of four seats, and three-and-a-half-seats (sharing one with Sutton), the result is surprisingly muted. But what does it … Read More »