Thank You

On behalf of the DEMOC campaign team, I am writing to thank you for your help and support over the 27 months of our campaign to get a Democratically Elected Mayor running Croydon Council, also to thank you for your vote.

Your assistance and that of others, has made it possible for the people of Croydon to have better accountability from those running our town who in future will need to listen to and care more about the views of residents.
The consent and support of the people will be crucial to the new Mayor as she or he takes the necessary steps to bring about the recovery of our town to one we can all be proud of again.

We were delighted that 4 out of every 5 residents who voted in the referendum, chose to have an Elected Mayor and also, that the people of every single one of the 28 electoral wards (areas) of Croydon voted to have a Mayor.

The campaign brought people from all over Croydon together, working to improve our town for everyone. At six public meetings we had senior representatives of both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party together on the same platform, supporting the common cause of improving democracy and accountability here in Croydon.

From next May, a newly Elected Mayor can surely build on this, and woe betide a Mayoral candidate who does not understand the need for this coming together of people. The recovery of Croydon is more important than party politics and as one resident rightly said - money is short but improving Croydon is more about changing attitudes than anything else. The right leadership can make all the difference.

Thank you for helping Croydon take this first important step to recovery.

Yours Sincerely
Gerry Meredith-Smith
Chairman - for the Campaign Team

With just 100 days to go until Croydon goes to the polls on 7 October, the momentum around a democratically-elected mayor is gathering pace.

Thousands of Croydon residents have viewed our video setting out the need for a Croydon mayor, while

households across the borough have received a leaflet, thanks to our growing team of volunteers.

DEMOC, the resident-led Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon, is focussed on building a bright, positive future for the borough. A mayor offers a fresh start and an opportunity for Croydon to fulfill its potential. However, the campaign also acknowledges that the current state of Croydon’s governance and financial management is difficult to ignore.

Gerry Meredith-Smith, DEMOC’s chair, said: “Every week there are yet more revelations and allegations about the mishandling of the Council’s affairs – and it’s us, the residents of the borough, who suffer. Services for some of the most vulnerable in the borough – children, the elderly, those with complex needs – are already being scaled back. It’s shameful. Croydon deserves better. We deserve proper leadership, proper transparency around decision-making, and proper respect. That’s what a democratically-elected mayor can give us.”

While DEMOC remains politically independent, it has welcomed news that Labour Party members in Croydon have backed the change to an elected mayor. Nearly two-thirds voted for a move away from the current governance model, with nearly four in 10 supporting an elected mayor.

In just 100 days, Croydon residents will have the opportunity to shape the borough’s future. If you would like to get involved with the campaign, get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow us on Facebook.