Thursday 15 June 7.30pm. Croydon Momentum Meeting
Saturday 24 June. Croydon Assembly
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD
The amazing General Election result in Croydon for Labour should not mask the need for fundamental change in the way Croydon is governed by its current Labour administration. The need for more democracy locally is a major theme at the next Croydon Assembly on Saturday 24 June.
The result in Croydon Central was just what the doctor ordered, while Steve Reed in Croydon North piled on the votes to increase his majority. The result says more about the national change in Labour’s fortunes under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership arguing for hope not austerity.
Although Gavin Barwell lost the election he is now in charge of May’s 10 Downing St team. As friend of Westfield and Hammerson and other developers he is now centre stage and no doubt will try to ensure that the Tory Government continues to loosen planning controls.
Croydon Labour will be mistaken to think it will win the local election next May. Leader Tony Newman shares much in common with Theresa May’s now much criticised style of leadership: too controlling, not inclusive enough and not listening to his own Councillors.
His administration has been alienating more and more people including those living on Council estates with the Brick by Brick developments. A key person contributing to that alienation is the Planning Chair Paul Scott, whose performance at a recent Planning Committee has angered those present and many who have watched the webcast since.
It was because of this growing anger with the Labour administration over planning that I argued in Croydon Citizen that people should vote Labour nationally because the national Labour manifesto committed it to protecting the Green Belt, and the Tories propose to further loosen controls and are threatening to overrule Local Plans.
At the centre of the problem of the way the Labour administration runs, and the previous Tory one, is the Executive Leader/Cabinet system. Labour needs to start the process of adopting the alternative Committee model so that people can have more confidence in voting for it in May.
Analysis of the General Election can be seen at: