Croydon Conservatives


As elections loom, what kind of Croydon do you want?

Posted on November 17th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. No Comments

UKIP candidate Michael Swadling sets out his priorities for next year’s local elections

After the snap election this year, you could be forgiven for being pretty fed up with politics and elections. In 2018, for the fourth straight year, Croydon will be returning to the polls – this time, for the local elections.

Whilst we’ve probably all had enough of voting for a while, these local … Read More »



Now is the time for all politicians to be radical

Posted on July 6th, by Daniel Deefholts in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Labour’s big win in Croydon Central suggests that it is on track to keep control of the council next year, but can old-school socialism revive the borough?

One month ago, the nation and local community in Croydon Central were left in an uncertain state – an election with an inconclusive result left a nation apprehensive and politically divided. I spent election week confident, politically hungry, and optimistic … Read More »



Losing stinks – but the Croydon Conservatives will be back

Posted on June 23rd, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 6 comments

An activist’s-eye-view of this month’s general election in Croydon Central, which ended with the defeat of Conservative Gavin Barwell and victory for Labour’s Sarah Jones

Losing stinks. On 8th June, the Conservatives lost Croydon Central and, as a Croydon Conservative, that hurt. That we had such a fine candidate, and the fact that I along with many others had put considerable effort into getting Gavin Barwell re-elected, … Read More »



Croydon housing crisis? What crisis?

Posted on May 11th, by Ian Marvin in Politics & Society. 10 comments

Risks and opportunities as policymakers consider putting a roof over our heads

On Thursday 13th April, I went to Croydon Conference Centre in Surrey Street to attend a discussion titled ‘How do we solve Croydon’s housing crisis?’, which was billed as organised by Croydon Debate Club and featured Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central and minister for housing and London. Although this seemed at first glance to … Read More »



The Broad Green community spring clean, Monday 17th April

Posted on May 3rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Locals set out to clean up Litter Land

If you’re reading this, you most likely know that there’s a serious fly-tipping/littering problem in west and north Croydon. People argue about it: who’s to blame, what’s been done and not done, what’s to be done next. Some of them seek to score political points from it. This article, which has met with a strong response across social media, describes the … Read More »



An invitation to contribute to the Croydon Conservative manifesto

Posted on April 19th, by Amy Pollard in Politics & Society. No Comments

All are welcome to shape the future of Croydon, one idea at a time

Next year we get to vote for how Croydon, our town, is run – and who it is run by. Whatever your political preference, whether you vote regularly for one party or none, this simple choice has a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. It’s a choice only offered once every four years, … Read More »



How I want Croydon’s community to respond to fly-tipping

Posted on April 4th, by Stuart Millson in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Being a citizen of Croydon means taking responsibility for the state of the place

This picture of a fly-tip in Mayfield Road, Croydon, was taken on Saturday 4th March as part of the Great British Spring Clean weekend. Over the course of the weekend, community groups from all over Croydon took to our parks and streets, supporting Keep Britain Tidy and helping, to borrow the hashtag, … Read More »



Why Croydon’s new ward boundaries look rather close to the Conservative proposal

Posted on March 23rd, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The electoral divisions of Croydon are due to change, and the Conservative proposal seems to have played by the rules more than Labour’s

Politicians can talk dismissively of process. They’re not the only ones. Top managers, frustrated by having to obey a set of rules before they get their way can curse being constrained by process. The public can too; how many times have you heard that … Read More »



Like talking to a Brick by Brick wall

Posted on March 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The cabinet’s response to important questions about the council’s new wholly-owned property company was deeply concerning

Croydon Labour wants to convince us that it does a great job running council finances. Council video clips now routinely include a reference to its financial acumen.

Unsurprising, since financial competence is a Labour weak point in the mind of the electorate. A glimpse of why was Monday 20th February’s cabinet … Read More »



Labour is delivering more with less

Posted on March 10th, by Simon Hall in Politics & Society. No Comments

Simon Hall, Croydon Labour’s cabinet member for finance and treasury, sets out his party’s record since 2014

In 2014, we won the council on a platform of an ambitious vision for our town. A Croydon with cleaner streets, with better-paid jobs and more affordable housing. A Croydon with tight control of taxpayers’ money and an administration with the community at its heart. The outgoing Tory … Read More »