General Election 2015

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 »

Let’s change the way that we elect our council

Posted on August 18th, by Peter Underwood in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Peter Underwood has had it with our electoral system. Frustrated nationally, he has some ideas for how to fix Croydon’s own political system

“Viva la revolución! Liberty or death! Down with… ‘first past the post’?”

It’s not a very common battle cry of freedom, I admit. Voting systems used to be the concern of just academics and political theorists. But all that is starting … 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 »

Where are all those canvassers that told us how much they love Croydon now?

Posted on June 25th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Jonny Rose wants to see more local canvassers for local people

Saturday mornings in Britain have always been vulnerable to interruption. But for years now there has at least been an unspoken social contract between the neighbourhood Jehovah’s Witnesses and residents – they get to ring twice and leave, we hide behind the curtains until they’ve gone.

Unfortunately, no such social contract exists with those … Read More »

May in brief

Posted on June 4th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of May, summarised in one place

Croydon Central went to the wire on election night

While the country decided against a knife-edge result, the promised cliff-hanger in Croydon Central did not fail to materialise. At 4:30am on Friday 8th May, a partial recount was announced. Morning had broken before the final outcome in the battle between incumbent Conservative Gavin Barwell and … Read More »

Reflections on an election

Posted on May 21st, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 1 Comment

Since moving to Croydon from Woking, Charles B. Wordsmith has been blogging his experiences and observations about his new home. Here he reflects on the outcome of the recent neck-and-neck election race for the parliamentary seat of Croydon Central

Reflections on an election

Took a stroll with my dear wife
Down the now familiar streets
To a hall at St.Michael’s church.
Put a cross against a name
One of whom would claim … Read More »

Print Archive: April 2015 News Magazine – Election 2015

Posted on May 18th, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

April 2015 saw the Citizen go election crazy once again, with Gavin Barwell and Sarah Jones just two of the politicos duking it out

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The Public Gallery: The aftermath

Posted on May 14th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Continuing his appalling record with predictions, Tom Black gives the lowdown on Election 2015 as the dust finally settles

Well, that was a surprise, wasn’t it?

Tonight at 10:00pm will be exactly one week since the BBC published that exit poll. One week since David Cameron spat out his coffee and Ed Miliband opened up LinkedIn on his phone. One week since Gavin … Read More »

Election 2015 Liveblog

Posted on May 7th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As the moment of truth looms, Tom Black is up all night with live results, commentary and analysis from Croydon and across the UK

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RESULT – Croydon Central

The Advertiser is reporting that Gavin Barwell has held Croydon Central for the Conservative Party. It is believed he has won by 165 votes.

With all three … Read More »

The polls are open

Posted on May 7th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

As Election 2015 finally arrives, politics editor Tom Black has a few recommendations during the calm before the storm

The day is here. Five years and one day after the last general election, everyone in the United Kingdom now gets to choose the next government.

Still not made your mind up? The polls in this election have indicated that people like you are unusually … Read More »