It’s no wonder none of them are ever seen in their elected wards, as my friend Jane says, they are probably all holidaying in their timeshare in Tuscany! They definitely don’t seem bothered about their own ward.

Inside Croydon

As the deputy leader of the Labour group at Croydon Town Hall, Alison Butler is probably the most powerful woman in the borough’s politics (the Tories in control of the council have three men in the most senior positions in their group, a man as the London Assembly member and two men as MPs).

Butler, councillor for Bensham Manor and with the housing brief in the shadow cabinet at the Town Hall, gave up her job as a parliamentary assistant at Westminster to focus on her campaign for nomination as Labour candidate for Croydon Central. After working closely for 20 years with the widely respected Croydon North MP, Malcolm Wicks, Butler understands well the inner workings of the corridors of power at parliament.

Within Croydon’s Labour party, Butler is particularly well-connected: her work colleague in the Croydon North MP’s office, Louise Szpera, is the partner of Tony Newman, Croydon…

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