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.