Sarah Jones


Standing up to knife crime in Croydon

Posted on May 21st, by Jamie Audsley in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The local community must come together to find long-term solutions to this tragic problem

It’s always disheartening to hear or read about incidents of knife crime in the news, but when these incidents involve your neighbours, it’s not only devastating but worrying too. On 8th August 2017 Jermaine Goupall was brutally murdered. Jermaine’s death was the result of a rivalry between Croydon gang CR0 and Thornton Heath … Read More »



April 2018 in brief

Posted on May 10th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of April 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

Labour held Croydon Council in the local elections

A low-key campaign overshadowed by national and London politics came to an end on 3rd May, with the result becoming clear overnight. Labour won 41 of Croydon’s 70 councillors, with the Conservatives taking the remaining 29. The UKIP vote collapsed across the borough, while Lib Dem and Green spokespeople both … Read More »



A three-course meal fit for an MP at FoodCycle Norwood Junction

Posted on May 9th, by James Taylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

If you want tasty food and decent conversation, FoodCycle could be for you

FoodCycle Norwood Junction was delighted to welcome Sarah Jones MP to dinner on Friday 27th April. Oasis Ashburton Park launched this project in March 2018 in partnership with FoodCycle UK.

FoodCycle is a charity hosting thirty-seven projects across the UK, with the aim of providing great three-course meals for the local community using … Read More »



Mayor Sadiq Khan visits the People’s Republic of Croydon

Posted on May 1st, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. No Comments

It was #EatDrinkCampaign as the London Mayor spoke at Boxpark on Monday evening

Sadiq Khan arrived in Croydon at 7pm on a wet and windy night. London’s mayor is every inch the people’s politician, engaging quickly through the crowd, touching everyone and making close eye contact. At the end of the event he lingered, took part in selfie after selfie, listened, talked and hugged. This is a … Read More »



Strategies for combatting knife crime in Croydon

Posted on April 11th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 4 comments

What can be done to bring such a youth-focused issue under control?

Today’s youths are running wild. New technology has brought greatly increased access to a wide range of information, not all of it good. Their music can be aggressive. The older generation is worried that young people are meeting in places and in ways over which they have no control and of which they themselves have … Read More »



Croydon Soroptimist International’s public speaking competition helps girls to be Loud And Proud

Posted on April 10th, by Grace Onions in Politics & Society. No Comments

The 2018 girls’ public speaking competition was a sign of great things to come for girls in public life

The Loud and Proud public speaking competition for year 6 girls, proudly support by Soroptimist International Croydon and District, took place in Croydon Town Hall on Thursday 2nd March. It was held to commemorate International Women’s Day 2018 and the 100th anniversary of the first stage of female suffrage … Read More »



The Public Gallery: 2018 election special

Posted on April 3rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The situation one month before Croydon goes to the polls to elect a new council

London-wide polling suggests the shockwaves of a Labour earthquake will be felt in Croydon

There are reasons to be cautious when treating London-wide polling as an indicator of how a specific borough in London will swing. The results across the capital will not be copy-and-pasted by voters into each council. There are parts … Read More »



Event review: Up The Women! by the Croydon Bicycle Theatre

Posted on February 23rd, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

Croydon Bicycle Theatre hosts Up the Women!, an evening celebrating female achievement on the 109th anniversary of the first votes for some women in the UK

Charging at police with her crutches attached as battering rams on her wheelchair, Rosie May Billinghurst, the so-called Crippled Suffragette, didn’t just attend suffrage rallies. She made an impact that inspires women’s rights campaigners to this day. However, would she be able to do … Read More »



The rainbow civic launch of Croydon’s LGBT month

Posted on February 15th, by Peter Blackburn in Culture. No Comments

A variety of performances kick off Croydon’s diversity celebrations in the presence of the mayor and Croydon Central’s MP

Croydon’s month of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) celebration and awareness opened on Thursday 1st February at 5pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, in the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, councillor Toni Letts.

After short speeches from the mayor and the council leader, the … Read More »



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 »