Croydon Update 7 May- Jason Perry Elected Mayor

Jason Perry Elected Mayor By  Less Than 600 Votes

First preference results for the candidates was as follows:

Richard Michael Howard (LIB DEM) – 9967


Winston McKenzie (IND) – 1324

Gavin Palmer (IND) – 1114

Andrew Pelling (IND) – 6807

Jason Perry (CON) – 33,413

Val Shawcross (LAB) – 31,352

Peter Underwood (GREEN) – 6193

After the allocation of second preference votes Perry received a total of 38,612 and Val Shawcross (LAB) received 38,023.

There are over 300,000 voters.

The results of the count of votes for Councillors.

You can watch Perry’s performance at the Croydon Climate Change hustings on

Tory Robert Ward Sets Agenda For Mayor

It’s a pity that Tory Councillor Robert Ward left it very late in a posting on Inside Croydon to set out his expectations of the new Mayor about uncovering the mess Croydon got itself into. Wasn’t that supposed to be the job of the Scrutiny Committee of which he was a Vice-Chair?

Labour Victories In Wandsworth and Westminster

While Labour failed to win the Croydon Mayoral election, it took control in Wandsworth and Westminster. Former Tory Croydon Central MP and No. 10’s former chief of staff Gavin Barwell says on Twitter that ‘the loss of Westminster and Wandsworth Council should be a “wake up call” for the Tories.

He tweeted: “Waking up to catastrophic results for the party in London. Wandsworth & Westminster were flagship councils. We held them during the Blair honeymoon. We held them during austerity.

“We held them under Theresa May. Losing them should be a wake up call for the Conservative Party.”

Monday 11 May Onwards. Events

Wednesday 11 May. 6:30pm. Croydon Climate Action Meeting

The agenda includes feedback from its hustings event, and how it can celebrate Croydon during Great Big Green Week and The Big Plastic Count. 

Its online. To get link ask

Thursday 12 May. 3pm. Webinar On Croydon Breach Of Homeless Responsibilities

The Housing and Social Welfare Team at Doughty Street Chambers will discuss the cases of R (Elkundi) v Birmingham and R (Imam) v Croydon, a landmark judgment on the main homeless duty, handed down on 4 May. Counsel instructed will be speaking and will discuss what the court decided and what lessons we can learn for future cases.

Full details here:

Register your place here.

Croydon is considering appealing against the decision. The Mayor should consider whether this should happen or not.

Wednesday 25 May 6.30pm. Annual Council meeting

Thursday 26 May.6.30pm. Planning Committee

Ruskin House May Events

FOLK & BLUES £3 at 8pm in Mandela Lounge every Sun:  See also

8th – Andy Smythe Band and Singers’ Night

15th – Singers’ Night

22nd – Bruin’s Ruin and Singers’ Night

FOLK CLUB 7.30 for 8pm in Cedar Hall every Mon.  See also

9th – Andy Irvine £15 / £12

16th – Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern £15 / £12

23rd – Singers’ Night £3

JAZZ – DON STUART QUARTETon Fri 27th Mayfrom8pm. Free. A relaxed evening of jazz standards, Latin, ballads & be-bop on guitar, bass, drums and an array of wind instruments.

Survey On Future of Croydon Pharmacies

Labour’s Stuart King In List Of 75 Senior London Councillors With Ties to Property Developers

Woman Bishop Appointed For Croydon

The Queen has approved the nomination of The Venerable Dr Marlene Rosemarie Mallett, Archdeacon of Croydon, to be the new Bishop of Croydon. She was  Priest-in-Charge at St John the Evangelist, in Angell Town, from 2007 and was appointed Vicar in 2013. She became Archdeacon in Croydon in 2020. (Government Press Release)

Lidl To Expand In Croydon

Lidl’s plans to open 247 new stores across London, including at Addiscombe, Coulsdon, Purley, Shirley, South Norwood and Whytleafe/Kenley.

COVID On The Wane

In the seven days up to and including 28 April  COVID appears to be on the decrease in Croydon. There  has been a 43% decrease in new cases compared with the previous seven days. There  were  24 admissions to hospital representing a nr53% decrease. There were six deaths in the week and 4 the previous week. 268,618 residents have had their first vaccination dose, 250,301 their second and 176,193 their booster or third dose.

Mayor Of London Buried at Croydon Parish Church

David Morgan continues his regular contributions on aspects of the history of the Parish Church in Inside Croydon.

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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