Mike Fisher


Print Archive: October 2014 News Magazine – Happening here

Posted on December 22nd, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

Croydon’s thriving events scene was explored in this print edition of the Citizen – read it online now

It should come as a surprise to no one that Croydon, with its claims to being the birthplace of major figures in art, music, and cinema, should have a thriving cultural scene. But even Croydon’s most switched-on citizens may not know that not just one but two film festivals … Read More »



The Public Gallery: from Cherry Orchard Road to Westminster and Hong Kong

Posted on December 4th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

In a packed week, Tom Black has a lot to digest in his weekly round-up of the big political stories

The council tax freeze, 2015, and you

The leader of Croydon Council, Labour’s Cllr Tony Newman, announced to a full council meeting on Monday that Labour’s manifesto pledge to freeze council tax for 2015/16 would be kept. The announcement was met with cheers from … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Thirty-two Thursdays

Posted on September 18th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Tom Black starts the countdown clock on Election 2015 – but finds that the candidates have beaten him to it

Like many observers, I was unhappy about the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011. It seemed to be making a major constitutional change – fixing the exact dates of our elections in advance – for the sake of making sure Nick Clegg wouldn’t … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Gone fishin’

Posted on September 11th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The Citizen’s weekly politics column returns, and examines the surprise big story of September. But Tom Black warns that we oughtn’t get carried away about the power of Twitter

So what did I miss?

I had a very lovely time at the Edinburgh Fringe (and you can see a snapshot of what I was up to here), but I did wonder about what I … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Adjusting to power (and to opposition)

Posted on June 12th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Labour is running our town again, for the first time since 2006. Tom Black looks at how the party is adjusting to its responsibilities and how the Conservatives are handling opposition

Labour claims a flying start on flytipping

Labour’s back. In more ways than one – the new cabinet contains faces familiar to those who watched the last Labour council, which left office in 2006, in … Read More »



The Public Gallery: A new mayor and a new administration

Posted on June 5th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Mayor Shamul-Hameed has a different sort of council to keep in line, but she herself promises to be a different sort of mayor. Tom Black watched them all in action at their very first council meeting

I like the public gallery in the Town Hall Council Chamber. It inspired the name of this column for a number of reasons. One is that it … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Were you still up for Kellett?

Posted on May 29th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

After a long night last Thursday, Croydon Labour emerged as our new council’s governing party. Tom Black was there until sunrise – and beyond

Labour wins control of the council by 40 seats to 30

After weeks of a narrowing poll lead and an increasingly competitive campaign, the Croydon Council election proved to have a decisive outcome. The ‘Labour nightmare scenario’ – where Labour … Read More »



Who should lead Croydon? Mike Fisher and Tony Newman go head-to-head

Posted on May 20th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The Citizen presents the leaders of Croydon’s Labour and Conservative parties – in their own words

This Thursday, Croydon will go to the polls and elect a new council. It is very probable that one of these two men will lead it. Mike Fisher, the Conservative incumbent leader of Croydon Council, has been in the job since 2006. The man he replaced was … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Boris and Lucas on the campaign trail ’14

Posted on May 15th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

The polls open one week from today. In another bumper TPG (there is an election coming up, after all) Tom Black reviews another intense week of campaigning – with ‘celebrity’ guests

Caroline Lucas MP raises Green spirits even further than usual

Shouts to Andrew Pelling of ‘are you going to join the Greens next, Andrew?’ were the first thing I became aware of when … Read More »



Croydon Council’s last meeting before the local elections: calm before the storm?

Posted on March 28th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton reports on the last council meeting being held before local elections May

“Profoundly shocking” is how Tory leader Mike Fisher describes the “nature of the revelations made by the review” of the police handling of the Stephen Lawrence commissioned by the Home Secretary. This welcome statement was made in response to a question from Norbury Labour councillor Sherwen Chowdury at the Croydon Council … Read More »