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Barwell blanks Shirley meeting to oppose house building

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Has Croydon Central’s Tory MP Gavin Barwell given up on Shirley already?

Shirley shome mishtake: Housing Minister Gavin Barwell could be bricking it over house-building Shirley shome mishtake: Housing Minister Gavin Barwell could be bricking it over house-building

Shirley ward is ear-marked to be shunted out of the Croydon parliamentary constituency and annexed to Beckenham for Westminster election purposes under proposals released earlier this week by the Boundary Commissioners.

It’s all a little awkward for the career Conservative politician.

While Barwell lives in Sanderstead, his own constituency office is located in Shirley, on Wickham Road (handy for the nearby general store, where the MP became known for asking for a receipt for his expenses even on small items of personal spending, such as a packet of crisps. Every little helps…).

And Barwell was quick to jump on the Nimby bandwagon of the Save Shirley campaign, when residents’ groups moved to protect their properties and the essential character of the area against proposals…

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