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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 »

Print archive: May 2017 – Political rubbish

Posted on July 22nd, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

Election 2017 was looming, and flytipping was on many voters’ minds

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Croydon Debate Club’s first season

Posted on July 7th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon Debate Club was Robert Ward’s response to a perception that the quality of the national debate on the EU referendum was poor

Let’s not re-visit the arguments, but both sides were guilty. Wild exaggeration, presenting the predictions of economic models with dubious input assumptions as fact, pretending to know the future and more were commonplace. I think that most people were able to figure it out … 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 »

Breaking of fast brings diverse cultures together

Posted on June 14th, by Zach Baker in Culture. No Comments

Traditions of Ramadan strengthen community ties

On the evening of Tuesday 30th May, a heartwarming event was held in central Croydon. A large meal called iftar was prepared to observe the tradition of Ramadan and to bring the people of Croydon together. At a time when a few individuals seek to show that extremist violence and hatred exists in the UK, Croydon’s local community provided love, acceptance … 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 »

Crisis, chaos, and utter Brexit complacency

Posted on June 7th, by Daniel Deefholts in Politics & Society. No Comments

Has the recent resurrection of Sarah Jones added fuel to the Conservatives’ fire, and can tomorrow’s general election solve any of Croydon’s social issues?

Back in October, I remember publicly speaking to an audience at the Community Land Trust’s annual group meeting in East London. I gave a short and sweet speech to address Croydon’s housing crisis, gentrification progress, and how to stimulate the local economy. I … Read More »

I attended the Croydon Central hustings

Posted on June 6th, by Ian Marvin in Politics & Society. No Comments

Spirited debate in London’s most marginal seat

Whether it was an omen or not I can’t really tell, but I had a meeting in Westminster prior to the rescheduled Croydon Central Hustings. As a consequence I picked up a copy of the Evening Standard prior to jumping on a train to East Croydon. There on page three was a photo of incumbent Gavin Barwell, under the headline … Read More »

Croydon’s fake news problem

Posted on June 5th, by John Broadfoot in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Conservative activist John Broadfoot doesn’t recognise some of the claims being made in the campaign for Croydon Central

The majority of those in Britain with an interest in politics watched the results of the US Presidential election with a degree of horror. Not just the result, with Hillary Clinton being beaten by Donald Trump, but more importantly the suggestion that a lot of votes were swung by people reading … Read More »