The more things change, the more they stay just the same

Inside Croydon

Bleary-eyed after just a couple of hours’ sleep, our political editor WALTER CRONXITE has been crunching some numbers on the local election results

Four years ago, the Prime Minister was David Cameron, Nick Clegg was leader of the LibDems and four years into a five-year coalition with the Tories, Ed Miliband led Labour and Nigel Farage was fulminating for UKIP. How things change… except here in Croydon, where little appears to have altered between the 2014 local council election result and what took place yesterday and in the early hours of this morning.

In 2014, Labour’s Tony Newman hailed a record night for his party, as they took 40 seats to the Conservatives’ 30. With 70 seats still at stake this time round, but spread over 28 instead of the previous 24 wards, it might seem that Newman can claim to have improved on that previous result with 41 seats…

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