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Sutton and Cheam election hustings, Cheam Road, June 29

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Sutton and Cheam election hustings, Cheam Road, June 29 - Inside Croydon

HUSTINGS UPDATE: One of the election hustings organised for later this week, the Croydon TUC event in Ruskin House on June 20, has been postponed (in part, at least, to allow Croydon East candidates to attend the event in their constituency on the same evening)

Croydon hustings:

June 20: Citizens UK: Croydon East hustings Woodside Baptist Church, SE25 4SP 7.30pm

June 20: East Coulsdon Residents’ Association: Croydon South hustings at Coulsdon Community Centre, Barrie Close CR5 3BX 7.30pm

Voters being taken for granted as ‘battleground’ moves south

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As postal voters start to receive their ballot papers ahead of the General Election on July 4, others in parts of Croydon are beginning to feel that their votes are being taken for granted by Tories and Labour, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, explains

Without wanting to be too Orwellian, all voters are equal but some voters are more equal than others.

Questions, questions: General Election hustings dates (so far)

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Questions, questions: General Election hustings dates (so far) - Inside Croydon

If you have a question to put to an election candidate, or to a political party which is seeking your vote in Croydon, here’s a way you can try to get some answers

Hustings used to be the way for the election candidates to be assessed and judged by the voting public: a grand Town Hall event, packed out with an electorate, many of them eager to put their own questions to the individuals who fancied that they could represent the constituency at Westminster for the next five years.

England rugby star Kabeya in return visit to Thornton Heath

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England rugby star Kabeya in return visit to Thornton Heath - Inside Croydon

Sunday will be a bit of a homecoming for Sadia Kabeya, the outstanding player in England’s outstanding, Grand Slam-winning women’s rugby team.

Kabeya, 22, plays flanker for Loughborough and England, and was recently voted England’s Player of the Year.

But the former pupil at Harris City Academy at Crystal Palace started playing rugby in her teens at Frant Road, with Streatham and Croydon RFC, and she’ll be back there this weekend to encourage the next generation of Croydon girls’ sporting talent.

Picnics, beer and flying: Streatham Common Kite Day is back

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Picnics, beer and flying: Streatham Common Kite Day is back - Inside Croydon

The 23rd Streatham Common Kite Day will take place on Sunday May 12.

From 11am to 5pm, London’s only free family-friendly kite festival combines world-class kite displays with the opportunity to fly your own.

Thousands flocked to Streatham Common Kite Day in 2023 to see the displays, fly a kite and sample the delicious food and drink on offer at the stalls. The organisers expect similar numbers again this year.

Raman Subba Row: OW who saved Surrey and changed cricket

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Raman Subba Row: OW who saved Surrey and changed cricket - Inside Croydon

There will be a strange, sad, empty space on a bench near the boundary of the Old Whitgiftians’ Croham Road cricket ground in South Croydon this summer.

It is a spot where Raman Subba Row used to sit in the shade, half a pint of cool cider in hand, watching the Old Whitgiftians -OWs – team play and happy to chat with any who happened to pass by.

How the ‘Mighty’ have fallen: relegation haunts rugby clubs

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How the ‘Mighty’ have fallen: relegation haunts rugby clubs - Inside Croydon

RUGBY ROUND-UP: After ill-tempered local derby clashes which had more cards than Christmas, and a revised formula for relegation that would leave Einstein confused, JOHNNY DOBBYN pulls on his flanker’s jersey, right, for the final time this season to preview this Saturday’s crunch fixtures

Union leaders join calls for Labour to abandon Anonyvoter

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Union leaders join calls for Labour to abandon Anonyvoter - Inside Croydon

LABOUR SELECTION SCANDAL: More allegations of rigged votes in dodgy Labour candidate selections trace the affair straight back to Croydon and the deal done between a ‘Newman Numpty’ councillor and party General Secretary David Evans, reports STEVEN DOWNES

Momentum, the Labour members’ group, is demanding the immediate suspension of the use of online voting tool Anonyvoter in party selections until its use has been subjected to a thorough, independent investigation.

Actor Ainslie is Greens’ pick for Streatham and Croydon North

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The Green Party has named Scott Ainslie as their parliamentary candidate for the new seat of Streatham and Croydon North.

Ainslie is a former MEP (remember them?) and has been a councillor in Lambeth since 2014 for St Leonard’s ward, which lies at the heart of the new cross-borough constituency.

Ainslie, an actor as well as an activist, is expected to be the closest rival to Labour’s Steve Reed OBE when the General Election is held. While Lambeth’s Greens lost three of their five council seats at the 2022 local elections, Brixton Town Hall now has zero Tories…

Actor Ainslie is Greens’ pick for Streatham and Croydon North

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Actor Ainslie is Greens’ pick for Streatham and Croydon North - Inside Croydon

The Green Party has named Scott Ainslie as their parliamentary candidate for the new seat of Streatham and Croydon North.

Ainslie is a former MEP (remember them?) and has been a councillor in Lambeth since 2014 for St Leonard’s ward, which lies at the heart of the new cross-borough constituency.

Ainslie, an actor as well as an activist, is expected to be the closest rival to Labour’s Steve Reed OBE when the General Election is held. While Lambeth’s Greens lost three of their five council seats at the 2022 local elections, Brixton Town Hall now has zero Tories…