Croydon Election Update at 23 April

Events

Saturday 25 April. 11.30am – 12.30pm. The People’s Hustings for Croydon Central is now to be held outside Marks & Spencer in North End

Four candidates will be attending: Sarah Jones (Labour), Peter Staveley (UKIP), Esther Sutton (Green) and James Robert Fearnley (Lib Dems). The event will be chaired by Nicholas Hitchens, Assistant Editor,  Croydon Guardian. The BBC is currently planning to feature the event in its online and possibly also TV election coverage.

Election Debate in Croydon Citizen

Tom Black: The Public Gallery: Labour brings music and Miliband to the campaign trail. http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/public-gallery-music-miliband

James Naylor: Central government does nothing for Croydon. http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/central-government-does-nothing-for-croydon

Sean Creighton. How should Croydon’s progressives vote in the general election?http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/progressives-vote-general-election

If you do not agree with my views on tactical voting in Croydon Central have a read of Owen Jones ‘A cruel society is being built. Voting Labour begins the fightback’: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/21/cruel-society-vote-labour-rights-tory

Barwell v Jones in Croydon Central

Here are summary of views of Gavin Barwell and Sarah Jones at Croydon Central Hustings meetings.

Barwell and Jones: will  contact the Secretary of State about the Compulsory Purchase Order being granted for the site and ensure disruption is minimalised.

Barwell at Croydon BID hustings:

  • Cut corporation tax to 20 per cent.
  • Cut Croydon’s unemployment rate by half. “Fundamentally, you don’t solve long-term unemployment by giving things away,”
  • Defends the number of police stations that have closed in the borough
  • Town centre businesses should be offered rates relief during the time of the Westfield redevelopment.
  • Re-Fairfield Halls – need for better parking; attract more visitors by gaining some of the spaces back from NCP for more affordable parking .

Jones at Croydon BID hustings:

  • Tax breaks for businesses that pay the living wage to staff.
  • Croydon to be part of transport Zone Four
  • 100 new police officers
  • Market Croydon for the whole of London to get people from other boroughs to visit Fairfield Halls.

NUT Debate Hustings

Sarah Jones and Gavin Barwell clashed over unqualified teachers at NUT debate in Croydon. Jones favours employing qualified and Barwell is happy for unqualified teachers to be employed in schools.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Sarah-Jones-Gavin-Barwell-clash-unqualified/story-26372253-detail/story.html

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/04/22/jones-gets-a-as-barwell-is-forced-to-brush-up-on-grammars

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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