Photo from Jeremy Corbyn’s Twitter account
Jeremy Corbyn kicked off Labour’s General Election campaign by coming to Queens Gardens on yesterday and holding an open air meeting with Labour activists.
He is no stranger to Croydon, often having supported Trades Council events at Ruskin House. When he first stood to be Labour Leader 500 people attended a public meeting there. You can see the video at:
The Marginality of Croydon Central
The General Election gives Croydon Labour a chance to defeat Housing and London Minister Gavin Barwell as MP of Croydon Central, and make good the organisational failure to do so at the last Election. Barwell won with less just under a 170 majority.
The messages that need to get across in the campaign include hes has supported:
- the steam-roller of the private developers in reshaping Croydon Town and the disastrous impact on the Borough;
- the Government’s austerity cuts with its adverse effects on the NHS, local government funding, benefits, etc, adversely affecting thousands of people locally.
It is a good time to debate the relationship between Croydon and what is happening nationally around the issue of what kind of Government we want and its programme, like the Croydon Assembly Plan.
Organised before Theresa May’s announcement the next Croydon Assembly meeting is on Saturday 3 June, just a few days before polling day. See details at:
The Assembly is an initiative of Croydon Trades Union Council. It is going to open up its business meetings to enable more people to hear invited speakers. See Martin Graham’s explanation at
Questions for local politicians
I have just been reminded of the list of questions I penned in 2010 that could be which may still have relevance to ask today.
Let’s be honest about what Croydon is
Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission
Many of the issues discussed and recommended by the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission are still relevant.
The website of the Commission was taken down after its report was published and considered by the Council. It is back up again and so that there is an on-going record of the views submitted to it. They include several by me on crime, the geography of inequalities, private landlords, annual public health report 2015, fuel and water poverty and energy efficiency, social exclusion and transport, equalities and inclusion.
Stand Up Against Racism
‘The snap election called by Theresa May for 8th June raises the serious prospect of a further rise in racism’ argues the campaign group Stand Up Against Racism, which organised the 8 April demonstration in support of Reker Ahmed. ‘Hate crimes soared by 41% following last year’s EU Referendum, and much of the same toxic scapegoating which fuelled this rise now threatens to dominate the General Election.
Since the financial crisis, migrants and refugees have repeatedly been blamed for the effects of economic stagnation and austerity. In fact, migrants play an indispensable role in society and the economy, staffing crucial public services and contributing through the tax system.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban and a shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crime fuelled by the far-right and sections of the press, Islamophobia must also be challenged at every point in this campaign.
There is no place for racism and scapegoating in our political discourse. We call on all political leaders, media outlets, candidates and campaigns to refrain from the scapegoating of migrants and refugees and take responsibility for halting the rise of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.’
For more information about Stand Up Against Racism see