Peter Staveley


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 appetite for self-destruction

Posted on July 6th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Let’s have robust debate in our community, argues Sean Creighton, but we should work together

As I submit this piece to the Citizen, the Annual General Meeting of the Croydon Communities Consortium approaches (to be held on Thursday 16th July). I will be attending in order to make a stand against destructive attacks upon it and upon me. The unpleasant and personal nature of these … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Hustingsmania and a few minutes with the PM

Posted on April 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As the Citizen’s head-to-head debate between Barwell and Jones draws near, Tom Black takes the (rising) temperature of Croydon’s election and has a chat with David Cameron

The election is in one week. You’ve probably either just thought “how time flies!” or “thank goodness it’ll all be over soon.” Probably the latter, even if you’re into politics.

This has been an unusually … Read More »



The Public Gallery: The campaign begins

Posted on April 2nd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Tom Black runs through some of the events that have followed the starting gun of the general election

Croydon no longer has any MPs. Strictly speaking, nowhere has any MPs. Parliament dissolved (not literally) on Monday at one minute past midnight, marking the formal beginning of the election campaign (although if you’re wondering what’s been going on since December if the election campaign … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Seventy days

Posted on February 26th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

After a short sabbatical, Tom Black returns to cast his eye over Croydon’s politics ten weeks before the general election, and to make a special announcement

National issues dominate Croydon’s campaigns as general election looms

Ten weeks from today, Croydonians – and their fellow Britons – will go to the polls and elect a new government. It might look a lot like the current … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Slow cars and slower judicial reviews

Posted on October 23rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Tom Black explores one of the ‘hot’ issues dividing Croydon, and prepares to twiddle his thumbs for a while

Is twenty plenty, or merely trendy?

How fast should cars be allowed to drive on residential roads?

If you accept the current situation as fine, then you’d say 30mph.

If you were part of our local governing party, Croydon Labour, you’d say 20mph.

If you … 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 »



The Public Gallery: Honourable members?

Posted on February 27th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 2 comments

As the Conservatives fire the starting gun in Addiscombe, their social networking provokes frowns in New Addington

Conservative selection season begins in Addiscombe

After a long period of elusive silence, the Tories have announced when they’re going to start selecting candidates for the May local elections: now.

The news has been a long time coming. The Conservatives’ coyness saw even likely candidates kept in the … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Is it Labour’s year?

Posted on January 16th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

After assessing the Tories’ reasons for optimism last week, Tom Black takes a look at where Labour have cause for cheer – and caution – in 2014

The national picture

There is a growing consensus that the Conservatives are going to have a tougher time than Labour in the run-up to the May elections. Their engineered split over Europe this week may have been defused for … Read More »