Won't you just get a mayor from the party in charge today?

Our campaign is focused on a fairly system for electing a leader of Croydon council. One which we think will make them more accountable to all the voters of the borough. What happens after the trigger point, the people of Croydon must decide.

The Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon is led by residents from across Croydon. We are supported by a variety of residents' associations. 17,000 residents/voters of Croydon signed our petition.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following Residents' Associations, political and other groups:

Hartley & District
Residents' Association


Whitgift Residents'


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Croydon Conservatives

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Croydon South Labour

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Libertarian Party Candidate Sean Finch

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Brexit Party Candidate Alan Cook

Christian Parties Alliance

Croham Valley Residents Association

'The great thing about a London Mayor is they cannot hide when difficult decisions have to be made or promises are not fulfilled. They have to go out and justify themselves. We want that for Croydon where we feel too much is not explained and poor performance is hidden within an anonymous system. Likewise a Mayor can take the credit for good performance.'

Kenley & District Residents' Association

'Kendra is non-political like most RAs - we are keen to support DEMOC because the way the council is run today is broken. Whatever party wins the next election we can not allow this current system to continue. Kendra members have lost patience with the way the planning process is managed. If the current leadership continue as they do today then we will have blocks of flats everywhere.'

Chris Philp MP Croydon South

'I am very pleased to support this residents-led initiative. Croydon Council has been ignoring the views of residents, especially on planning matters where residents’ concerns are contemptuously dismissed, for too long. A Directly elected executive mayor will have to listen to residents from all parts of the Borough equally, rather than just in a handful of marginal wards. The leader of our Borough should be chosen by the whole public, not 20 or 30 Councillors behind closed doors.'

Andy Bagnal, former Chair of Croydon South Labour Party

'Croydon South Labour Party has discussed this issue twice and both times voted strongly in favour of having a referendum for a directly elected mayor. This isn’t about whether the council or a mayor is Labour or Conservative, it is about the way our town is run'

Alan Cook, the Croydon North candidate for The Brexit Party

'Croydon is a unique asset in Greater London and duly deserves greater recognition and support from the Government. I am in favour of the campaign to have the roll of Croydon Mayor Democratically chosen by the electorate.'

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The Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon is led by residents from across Croydon. We are supported by a variety of residents' associations. 17,000 residents/voters of Croydon signed our petition.

Croydon is our borough, our home, the home for our families and our communities. We’ve all seen huge changes to our town in very recent years, a thriving suburb was on the verge of becoming a big city. This comes with the diversity, opportunities and challenges of any city. From the peak of Sydenham Hill at Crystal Palace, via the Saffron Valley of Croydon Town centre to the North Downs in Coulsdon, our borough is highly diverse and vibrant and better for it

We have a multitude of town centres, an amazing history as a market town, military town, factory town, as well as home to London’s first Airport and one that played a crucial role in freedoms victory in the second world war. Also a modern office and shopping centre.

Sadly something has gone very badly wrong over the past few years. The system of local government simply has not kept pace with the changes in our town and it is not working. Our town council has delivered a financial disaster with near bankruptcy, essential services cuts, jobs lost, and tax and cost increases for us all as a consequence. We have no Westfield shopping centre as we were promised. The Fairfield Halls was shut and likely to remain shut because of the bungled refurbishment by Brick by Brick. The Councils fully owned developer Brick by Brick has demonstrated waste and incompetence on such significant scale and failure to complete its core function of delivering affordable homes that the external auditors advise closing the business down - which will cost our council more money.

We shouldn’t have a system that allows the people's views to be ignored and where there is a lack of accountability and scrutiny of decisions. No system of local or central government can ever be perfect but a directly elected mayor would mean people are listened to again and will make those in charge more responsive - because they remain accountable. We would all get an equal vote in who runs our town! A mayor will be someone we know, someone we can hold to account, and someone to stand up for Croydon.

Croydon is changing. For all our families' futures, lets change to a council that listens and meets all our needs in an open and fair way, valuing everyone in our community.

Support our campaign to for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon.

The DEMOC campaign is not-party political - but it is support by members across the political parties.