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#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows how Labour lost in Croydon

#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows how Labour lost in Croydon

As one of the 12 key battleground constituencies, all eyes were on Croydon Central on election night. The Conservative win in this marginal seat spoke to the larger national result, while North and South Croydon saw no particular political shakeup. Increased support for UKIP, however, was notable. Croydon Central saw a close race, with…

#ELLGE2015: Barwell wins by just 165 votes

#ELLGE2015: Barwell wins by just 165 votes

Weary Labour eyes hoping for some crumbs of comfort turned to Croydon Central this morning only to see Conservative MP Gavin Barwell defeat Labour’s Sarah Jones by just 165 votes. It had been one of the key target marginal seats Labour needed to win to have any chance of power. In…

#ELLGE2015 Croydon: what you need to know

#ELLGE2015 Croydon: what you need to know

GE2015 mapped: polling stations Search for your polling station: The Croydon result is expected to be declared at around 2:45am tomorrow morning. Croydon is a diverse area, with one Labour-held and two Conservative-held constituencies. The result in the marginal seat of Croydon Central will be of national significance: as one of…

Station café facing closure by Overground operator

Station café facing closure by Overground operator

A café in Norwood Junction station, Croydon could be forced to close because the landlords, London Overground Rail Operations (LOROL), have refused to renew its existing lease. Rachid Yassine, the owner of Café Basmaccino, faces an uncertain future since his previous lease “expired on Monday”. “I just got these documents…

Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Green activists have lost a seven-year battle to stop an incinerator from being built in Croydon, after the High Court threw out their appeal on Tuesday. Shasha Khan of the Green Party, who is running in the coming general election to represent Croydon North in Westminster, said he was “very…

Voters critical of dull hustings in Croydon North

Voters critical of dull hustings in Croydon North

All seven parliamentary candidates for the Croydon North constituency gathered at Praise House for an election hustings on Wednesday night. But like the overall general election campaign this year, the event was characterised by a lack of spirit and anodyne responses from the candidates. Before the closing remarks, a heckler…

Benn: People don’t care for young people’s views

Benn: People don’t care for young people’s views

She is one of the youngest candidates to contest for a seat in Westminster, but 25-year-old Emily Benn is ready to prove wrong, everyone who claims she is too young. Young people’s voices aren’t heard enough, and politics should not be the exclusive domain of middle-aged folks, she argues. “A…

Museum of Croydon in bid to host Gillian Wearing

Museum of Croydon in bid to host Gillian Wearing

The Museum of Croydon is competing to host Turner Prize-winning artist and Goldsmiths alumna Gillian Wearing for this year’s Museums at Night Connect! event. If it succeeds in garnering the most number of public votes of five competing museums, it plans to turn its gallery into a nightclub with karaoke,…

Police seeking information on missing girl

Police seeking information on missing girl

Croydon police are appealing for the public’s help to locate a missing 12-year-old girl. Lilian Willie was last seen at around 3.15pm on Monday, April 27, when she left her home in South Norwood. She did not return home that day. She is about 5 ft 7 inches tall with…

The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

Croydon’s Italian eateries make up almost a quarter of the borough’s foreign restaurants – more than any other ELL borough. But just 0.11 per cent of the population are Italian-born. The area boasts nearly 50 Italian joints, however, ranging from independent delis and family run businesses such as I Calabresi…