Gavin Barwell


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 »



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 »



Croydon’s Ahmadiyya Muslims celebrate Eid

Posted on September 28th, by Adeel Shah in Culture. 1 Comment

Adeel Shah reports on a well-attended celebration, and provides an insight into Croydon’s Ahmadiyya community

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Chapter of Croydon in New Addington and Shirley hosted an Eid festival get-together dinner party at the Civic Centre in New Addington.

Over 100 guests attended this programme as well as the Deputy Mayor, councillor Toni Letts. Local MP Gavin Barwell was also in attendance, as well as … Read More »



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 »



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 »



Another referendum: an executive mayor for Croydon?

Posted on June 30th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The EU referendum is barely behind us, but another vote may soon be afoot in Croydon. Robert Ward assesses the options

You don’t have one for years and then two come along one after the other. Not a prospect that fills many of us with joy perhaps, but a group including Croydon’s two Conservative MPs is proposing a referendum on the idea of an elected executive mayor … Read More »



The Croydon Tech City ‘Timeline of Success’: From 20 people in a room to London’s fastest-growing tech cluster

Posted on June 21st, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City. No Comments

Croydon Tech City founder Jonny Rose recounts four action-packed years in the Silicon Valley of South London

In June 2016, Croydon stands as London’s “fastest-growing tech ecosystem”, and is now home to over a thousand early-stage and scale-up digital, technical and creative companies.

Croydon has also just opened TMRW, a “world-leading” 21,000 sq ft tech hub in Davies House that was made possible when Croydon … Read More »



May 2016 in brief

Posted on June 20th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

May’s news in brief, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon became a haven for bees

The team that brought Saffron Central, the world’s largest urban saffron farm, to Croydon in 2015 is now using the space to create a haven for bees. With the support of Croydon Beekeepers Association and community volunteers, they have planted the site, formerly the location of Croydon’s council … Read More »



Book review: How To Win A Marginal Seat, by Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell

Posted on March 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 2 comments

All politicos can learn from what went down in the Cronx, says Tom Black

How To Win A Marginal Seat is Conservative MP Gavin Barwell‘s first book. It’s also one that he didn’t plan to publish, if we believe the foreword. Initially planned as a record for his children to read one day, the book is a simple (though not simplistic) journey through the Croydon Central campaign … Read More »