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Newman faces complaints as Labour selection grinds to halt

Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE on the latest set of complaints levelled at Croydon Labour’s leader

Tony Newman: “Those who want respect, give respect”

With Jeremy Corbyn’s insistence on the need for “competence” in government ringing in his ears from the Labour Party conference, Tony “Soprano” Newman, the leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, now faces a showdown meeting next week.

There, he is expected to have to deal with a batch of complaints alleging maladministration, malpractice, abuse of authority, fabrication of process and interference in the selection of candidates to stand in next May’s local elections.

Croydon Labour’s selection of candidates to fight the Town Hall elections is already a month behind schedule.

Newman is under severe pressure over his leadership style and achievements, or lack of them.

Ofsted’s highly critical report on the borough’s failing children’s services, published earlier this month, led to the Tory opposition calling for…

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