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Newman sacks two councillors over bashment ban debate

Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE on the latest power move by Labour’s council leader

Sacked: Callton Young

Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour-held council, with Soprano-esque savagery, has sacked two councillors in the festering dispute over the implementation of a new licensing policy to favour Westfield when (or if), it ever opens.

Newman has removed Callton Young from his position as deputy cabinet member for communities, while Andrew Pelling has lost his role as chair of the council’s pensions committee. Both have been stripped of their positions on the licensing sub-committee, too.

At a licensing meeting last month, the two Labour councillors (Young represents West Thornton ward, Pelling the marginal Waddon ward) had voted to defer a decision on the council’s new licensing policy until legal advice was made available, after the committee chair, Jane Avis, had raised the matter of Young’s report on the state of the night-time economy and…

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