How can you assess what Croydon’s Parties are offering in the local election?

The two main political parties are appealing to the voters on the basis of ‘We can manage the Council better than the other lot’. Labour is highlighting is achievements and the Tories are Labour’s shortcomings.  As expected the latter do not say that part of the problem of managing the Council is the funding cuts by their Government which are continuing. Given this and their acceptance of the Labour budget for 2018/19 they have little room for manoeuvre. They also are losing a lot of experienced Councillors, one of who is now standing as an independent. Both parties hint at the need to change the Executive Leader/Cabinet system – a welcome first step on the road to abolishing it.

The Greens and Liberal Democrats are not standing in every ward across Croydon so they have no chance of forming the ruling administration. The best they can hope for is a few Councillors who will put a different perspective to the two main parties.

Given the uncertainty of the effect of the new ward boundary changes that come into effect for this election, the outcome will depend on the decisions of a small number of electors in about six wards,

The Party manifestos can be seen at:


Croydon Advertiser summary is at

Greens: there does not appear to be a manifesto on the internet yet, but a preliminary leaflet with their policies is at


Croydon Advertiser summary is at

Inside Croydon’s assessment of the Labour manifesto is at:

Liberal Democrats: Their manifesto is not yet on their website:

How can you assess the manifestos?

Croydon Citizen is running articles discussing various issues in the manifestos:

Croydon Assembly People’s Plan for Croydon

The Croydon Trades Union Council sponsored Croydon Assembly has published A People’s Plan for Croydon which it is asking candidates of all parties to support. It can be used to assess the adequacy of the official party manifestos. It can be downloaded here:

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(I was involved in drawing it up.)

Tories use Knife Crime to Win Votes

Conservative candidate Robert Ward is using the knife crime issue as grounds to vote Tory.

I have done two short comments on this article by and a longer piece on the complexity of the issue on my blog at


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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