Mobilising for change in Croydon after GBEXIT

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Thursday 15 June 7.30pm. Croydon Momentum Meeting

Saturday 24 June. Croydon Assembly

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/croydon-assembly-7298011967

 

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.

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydon-vote-labour-protect-green-belt-planning-control

Analysis of the General Election can be seen at:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/here-s-the-factors-behind-labour-s-crushing-win-in-croydon-central/story-30380985-detail/story.html

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/the-jeremy-corbyn-factor-was-decisive-in-changing-politics-in-croydon/story-30381816-detail/story.html

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/sarah-jones-croydon-central

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-everything-we-know-about-sarah-jones-croydon-s-first-female-mp/story-30380995-detail/story.html

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/attended-croydon-central-hustings

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/crisis-chaos-utter-brexit-complacency

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/11-photos-that-sum-up-labour-8217-s-joy-on-election-night-in-croydon/story-30380821-detail/story.html

 

 

 

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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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