Steve O’Connell

Do the numbers add up for Croydon grammar schools?

Posted on March 30th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 8 comments

A modest increase in grammar school places would be good for Croydon

Money set aside in this week’s budget is another step towards more grammar school places for Croydon, as strongly supported by Croydon South’s MP Chris Philp and Steve O’Connell, our local GLA member. This won’t happen any time soon – but the sooner the better for those of us who support a modest increase in … Read More »

“I am committed to being a champion for my two boroughs”: interview with Steve O’Connell, Conservative candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on March 1st, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas continues his series of interviews by sitting down with Croydon and Sutton’s incumbent London Assembly member, Conservative Steve O’Connell

Tell us a bit about yourself and what makes you passionate about Croydon and Sutton.

Well I’m a local Croydon resident, and have been honoured to be the Greater London Assembly (GLA) Member for Croydon and Sutton for the past seven and a … Read More »

From Agincourt to Croydon?

Posted on November 20th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 2 comments

We few, we happy few, we band of… Croydonians? Sean Creighton dares to dream

In September 2015, Croydon councillor and GLA representative Steve O’Connell invited a French journalist to have a meal with him and drink a toast to the English victory at the battle of Agincourt. He was responding to the journalist’s ‘disparaging remarks’ about Croydon during September’s rugby world cup, when the team was based … Read More »

Selection by ability is not how you build a fair education system

Posted on November 12th, by Joe Flynn in Politics & Society. 18 comments

Teacher Joe Flynn isn’t convinced that Croydon, or anywhere else, needs a new grammar school. Quite the opposite, in fact

As a former grammar school pupil myself, some years ago I would’ve supported the view laid out by Robert Ward that a new grammar school for Croydon is a good idea. Since becoming a teacher, however, I’ve been convinced that selection by ability is an … Read More »

The case for more grammar school places in Croydon

Posted on October 29th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 11 comments

If Croydon wants to follow Sevenoaks’ lead in opening a ‘new’ grammar school, Robert Ward won’t object

The MP for Croydon South, Chris Philp, has welcomed the announcement that a grammar school will soon be opened in Sevenoaks. Officially, it will be an annexe to the nearby Weald of Kent School in Tonbridge. Why? To get round the 1998 law forbidding new grammar schools. Chris … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Labour in the lead in Croydon Central as Zone 4 united front falters

Posted on November 6th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

The politicians were never going to play nice for long on Zone 4 Croydon, writes Tom Black

O’Connell and Barwell write to Boris about Zone 4 Croydon

Gavin Barwell MP and Steve O’Connell AM have written to Boris Johnson about the Zone 4 Croydon campaign, requesting “a meeting with TfL Director Sir Peter Hendy and you [Johnson] to seek your support for a review … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Fares and Fairfield

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

Croydon wonders whether it is where it ought to be and the Twittersphere takes a local councillor at his word

Is the Fairfield Halls at risk of closing within 12 months? No, it isn’t

As the flippant subheading above suggests, this week saw a QTWTAIN – A Question To Which The Answer Is No – explode into Croydon’s often-volatile Twittersphere. Anonymous tweeter @ParkHillFriends, … Read More »

Floods show the best of Croydon

Posted on February 17th, by Ben Flook in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Ben Flook looks for the bright side and uncovers Croydon’s community spirit in the response to the floods

The spectacle of flooded streets, sandbags and road closures has, rather unfortunately, become commonplace in many parts of Britain over the last few weeks. The wettest winter in two and a half centuries and some of the worst flooding in decades continues the trend of extreme weather … Read More »