Voting


How to vote: everything that you need to know

Posted on April 3rd, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

It only takes five minutes to register to vote

Polling day is 3rd May, and polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. Here’s a breakdown of all the information you need to know from croydon.gov.uk in one place.

How to register to vote

You can register to vote here. You will need your National Insurance number. If you’re a British citizen living abroad, you … Read More »



How local young people, politicians, and educators view youth political involvement in Croydon

Posted on March 15th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Youth voter turnout has been low in the last decade

In the last decade, London’s largest youth borough has seen low voter turnout amongst its youth population.

Youth voter turnout in Croydon mirrors a similar occurrence national elections have recently seen as well. According to the British Election Study’s 2015 daily rolling election campaign data, in England during the general election, out of the 917 … Read More »



Croydon’s first Young Mayor election is underway after campaign launch

Posted on February 26th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

A total of 28 candidates aged 14-17 are running for the title

Young Mayor candidates in Croydon, London’s largest youth borough, are now officially campaigning after they unveiled their manifestos at a campaign launch.

The Young Mayor is elected for one year, and they will represent over 37,000 young people. In order to stand, candidates have to live in or go to school, college or … Read More »



Historical heroines: meeting Croydon’s suffragettes and suffragists

Posted on January 31st, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

Many forgotten names from the female suffrage movement resided in Croydon

It’s time to remember the brave women of Croydon who fought so tirelessly for universal suffrage. 6th February 2018 is the 100th anniversary of parliament finally acceding to giving women the vote in elections. This important event in the history of democracy in Britain is also important for the Townswomen’s Guilds across the country, which were … Read More »



New year’s resolutions for Croydon in 2018

Posted on January 29th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

More events, remembering to vote, cleaning up: one contributor’s proposals for a brighter 2018

I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions

They look good, they sound good and they mean good, but very quickly they become onerous, guilt-inducing reminders that we are not as virtuous and capable as we like to think we are. To that end, they are fantastic, but if long-lasting behaviour … Read More »



The campaign for Brexit: one year on

Posted on June 28th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 2 comments

In a longform retrospective, Michael Swadling reflects on running the Leave campaign in Croydon

A year ago the referendum was held on our membership of the EU. In addition to the national campaigns, we had locally run campaigns here in Croydon. I ran the Vote Leave campaign for the borough and – having just been through another vote – it’s a good time to look back at … Read More »



There are no wasted votes – only unused ones

Posted on April 13th, by Peter Underwood in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

  Peter Underwood is tired of hearing about ‘wasted votes’ – in his view, there’s no such thing

I recently received an email from a south Croydon resident who said that he agreed with Green Party policies, but he was wondering whether voting Green would be a ‘wasted vote’. This topic of whether votes are ‘wasted’ will no doubt come up a lot over the coming … Read More »