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Is it jobs for the boys as Shawcross stands down at City Hall?

Great shame – a sensible politician

Inside Croydon

Amid all the fuss this time last week about the withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest of the only south London candidate, Chuka Umunna, the news of another leading figure from the same party standing down from the political fray got almost overlooked.

Val Shawcross: the best Labour leader Croydon never (really) had? Val Shawcross: the best Labour leader Croydon never (really) had?

Valerie Shawcross is probably the best Labour council leader that Croydon never (really) had.

The Norwood resident was Croydon Council leader, but only for a couple of years – not enough time to make a lasting impact – before she was elected in 2000 in the inaugural City Hall elections as the Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark. Last week, she announced that she would not be seeking a further term at the 2016 London elections.

Her decision drew compliments from politicians from across London and all political parties. “Val Shawcross has been a byword for…

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