Croydon Assembly 24 June




12.30- 4.30pm  (Doors open 12 noon)

Campaigning on health, education, housing, benefits, employment rights, pensions, social care and the right of communities to have a voice, now has the declared support of major sections of the electorate. Campaigning is no longer just to protest, but must also call on supporters to confront and stop government policy.

A co-ordinated programme of meetings, petitions, demonstrations, support for workers in direct struggle, bringing together all the campaigns against government actions, must be part of the discussion.

The Croydon Assembly Our Plan for Croydon, together with the Labour  election manifesto gives us the basis for preparing such a programme.

The Assembly is an opportunity to assess the results of the General Election and what course of action is now needed to press for the Assembly’s manifesto to end austerity and for change.

Here in Croydon Central Labour ousted Tory Housing and London Minister Gavin Barwell while in North Steve Reed’s went up massively.

The  tragedy at Grenfell Tower has brought into national highlight the problems facing those sections of the working class who live in social housing in the context of the wider housing crisis.

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, will open the Assembly.

John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor, is sending a special video greeting for the Assembly.

Speaking with Mark will be Caragh Skipper, from Croydon Momentum, with experiences of the election  here in Croydon.

The Assembly is a great opportunity to come together to plan the campaign for a more progressive national government and for a more progressive Labour Council next spring.

Central to the latter is the need for Croydon Labour to abandon the Executive Leader Cabinet system of governance.  The leadership also needs to listen more to the growing rumblings of discontent about many aspects of Council policy, action and decision making. The fcat Labour did so well in the General Electiondoes not mean that it will gave the same level of support in May. The local election is likely to be decided in 3-6 marginal wards. It does not matter if Labour piles up the vote in wards where they have a strong majority. It runs the risk of losing votes in those marginal wards because of the discontent.

To help the Assembly organisers plan for the day, please let them know you are coming by registering at Eventbrite 

and share the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Or if you are not sure in advance that you can come, just tunr up on the day.

Doors open at 12 noon for a 12.30 start.


Sean Creighton will be running a booksstall so bring your debit card with you. Items will include:

his ‘Who Control’s Croydo’ collection of articles from Croydon Citizen

pamlhets on Croydon’s Rdaical and Black and Asian history

pamphlets on aspects of British Black history

Croydon activist Peter Latham’s book Who Stole the Town Hall? The end of local government as we know it



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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