Thursday 31 March 31. 7.30pm. Croydon Assembly Steering Group
There was an enthusiastic welcome for the Croydon Assembly’s manifesto which was launched on March 19 at an Assembly addressed by Matt Wrack, the leader of the firefighters’ union, Dr Philip Howard on behalf of Junior Doctors and many local activists. The Assembly agreed to invite all its supporters to be part of its Steering Group which plans future activities. The meeting on 31 March will discuss:
– Getting the manifesto out to as many groups, activists and campaigns as possible
– Organising local campaign meetings around issues such as housing, education and health
– Building up the campaign with others to get the Tory government out as soon as possible.
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CRO 1BD. All supporters welcome.
Monday 4 April. 7.30pm. Croydon Assembly Environment Forum
Among other topics the Forum will start to look at Croydon Council’s Parks consultation.
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CRO 1BD.
The Manifesto provides a critique of the cuts and other measure and sets out an alternative agenda on which people can campaign around whether on health and the NHS, housing, climate change and the environment, the welfare of the elderly, families, the disabled, or education. It also discusses the bankruptcy of the democratic system.
The manifesto can be downloaded here
The Assembly was set up by the Croydon Trades Union Council.
The EU Referendum
The Assembly does not have a position on whether to stay in or leave the EU.
The Left-wing case for BREXIT
While many of us think that we are stuffed whichever way we vote, and there are others who are concerned about lining up with BREXIT advocates like Mayor Boris, a left wing campaign is running in Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton, LEAVE.EU. You can find details on https://www.facebook.com/LeaveEUCroydonSuttonLambeth
Campaign Organiser Michael Swadling outlines the case at
Who Should be London’s Next Mayor?
In the General Election I argued that voting Green in Croydon North and South could send a message to Labour, while it was essential to vote Labour in Central to oust Gavin Barwell. While I will be having a large clothes peg on my nose I will be voting Sadiq Khan because it is important to reject Zac Goldsmith who keeps voting for the Government’s austerity measures. Labour needs to realise Khan could lose many votes in Lambeth because of the way they have handled the reorganisation of the Libraries, while in Croydon a number of issues could mean previous Labour voters stay away from the polls. Khan could improve his attraction if he took a stand against the Beddington Lane Incinerator, promised to call in the College Green scheme, oppose any scheme to build new schools on main roads, and made it clear that there will be no special favours to the developers who are funding him. The Croydon Guardian has been interviewing the Mayoral candidates. The one with Sian Berry of the Greens is at
Should Croydon Have An Elected Mayor?
Max Shirley argues for an elected Mayor for Croydon.
See my anti-comment and reference to the case against by Tony Belton, Wandsworth Labour Councillor which was on my old website and now can be read at