Croydon Assembly


Croydon’s council elections aren’t just about who’s the best manager

Posted on April 24th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

‘Vote for us – we’ll run things better!’ say the two rival parties. Can they live up to their claims?

‘The job of unlocking Croydon’s potential is not a quick and easy one’.

This important statement in Labour’s manifesto for May’s council elections is a stark reminder of the realities that face whichever of the two main parties gains control on 3rd May. Croydon faces government-imposed funding cuts … Read More »



Are we damaging our children through learning?

Posted on March 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How can we ensure that our children learn more effectively, and have a better quality of life as adults?

There are many ways our society is damaging children’s learning. Among them as discussed at the Croydon Assembly/National Union of Education event on Saturday 24th February are funding cuts, testing, the lowering of qualifications needed by teachers, the adverse effects of increasing poverty and poor housing, the lack … Read More »



Croydon’s new corruption

Posted on March 18th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Sean Creighton makes the case against corporate state consensus in Croydon

Every so often a group of my friends and I meet up for dinner and we predict the outcome of elections. A couple of weeks ago it was: who will be Mayor of London and what will be the result of the Euro referendum? Although my predictions are usually wrong, I predicted a 23% turnout … Read More »



What difference would the red Tories make to Croydon?

Posted on August 6th, by Peter Latham in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Labour is failing to address structural inequalities, and would have clobbered Croydon just as hard as the Tories, argues Peter Latham

The recent Tory budget, as Croydon North Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Local Government Steve Reed correctly notes, is a disaster for thousands of Croydon families because:

Cuts in tax credits will clobber low-paid working parents who could be up to £1,000 worse off, according to … Read More »



What are the challenges facing Croydon’s communities?

Posted on August 3rd, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Let’s work together, says Sean Creighton

Here in Croydon as elsewhere we tend to look at local issues separately, and do not always see the cumulative effects. The Croydon TUC working party’s analysis of the council’s Growth Plan last year and my evidence to the Whitgift Centre CPO inquiry were attempts to look at a series of interconnected issues. The borough’s Opportunity and … Read More »



Is it growth for all or for developers’ profits?

Posted on November 17th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

What will Croydon’s Growth Plan deliver?

The provision of skilled jobs, decent wages, affordable housing, the creation of a decent environment and greater democratic engagement are the challenges facing the people of Croydon over the next four years.

In the view of the Labour administration elected in May 2014, this will be achieved through its newly adopted Growth for the Prosperity for All; Growth Plan & … Read More »



Croydon Assembly: building a campaign for Croydon residents’ real needs

Posted on November 3rd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Sean Creighton anticipates the inaugural meeting of the Croydon Assembly, committed to working for real change locally

With a general election due in May next year, Croydon Trade Union Council (CTUC) believes it is time to fight back against the attacks on the standard of living of the majority of Croydonians and the running down of services they need to use, and against the obsession … Read More »