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11 months 1 week ago #29 by Anonymous
Do the Lib-dems and Green party support your campaign?

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11 months 1 week ago #36 by Lee Cooper
At our public meeting on 9 July, we received a wealth of support across the entire political spectrum

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6 months 2 weeks ago #54 by Richard Howard
Replied by Richard Howard on topic Do the Lib-dems and Green party support your campaign?
Your comment is extremely misleading and misrepresentative of the support for this proposal across the political spectrum. I represented Croydon Lib Dems at that meeting and explicitly voiced our opposition to a directly elected mayor.

Whilst Croydon Lib Dems recognise the many problems with the current system and operation of Croydon Council especially with regards to planning, we do not believe that a directly elected mayor is the solution to this problem. In fact, we believe that a directly elected mayor will actually make the problem worse.

The main problem in Croydon Council is that too much power is concentrated in too few people, with little oversight and scrutiny of the decisions made. A directly elected mayor will only exacerbate this further. Croydon Lib Dems believe instead that power should be devolved down to parish/town councils and neighbourhood planning forums with powers derived from the Localism Act 2011. In addition we believe that the cabinet system for the council should be replaced with the previous committee system that allowed for much greater oversight of decision making. Ultimately, whilst this is not within the power of Croydon Council itself, we believe that the First Past the Post electoral system should be replaced with Proportional Representation to ensure that the councillors elected are more reflective of the broad spectrum of views in the borough.

Whilst I can not speak for the Greens, it is worth noting the following Inside Croydon article from Peter Underwood expressing the Green Party's opposition too for a directly elected mayor.

insidecroydon.com/2019/08/25/why-croydon...-democracy-not-less/

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