Cllr Jason Perry, the newly elected Leader of Croydon’s Conservative Councillors, has today
announced his new Shadow Cabinet team.
He was elected Leader, along with Cllr Lynne Hale and Cllr Jason Cummings as Deputy Leaders, by
the Conservative Group on Tuesday 1st September 2020.
Leader – Cllr Jason Perry
Deputy Leader – Finance and Resources – Cllr Jason Cummings
Deputy Leader – Homes and Gateway Services – Cllr Lynne Hale
Children, Young People and Families – Cllr Maria Gatland
Clean Green Croydon – Cllr Helen Redfern
Culture – Cllr Scott Roche
Economy and Jobs – Cllr Simon Hoar
Families, Health and Social Care – Cllr Yvette Hopley
Leisure and Sport – Cllr Vidhi Mohan
Safer Croydon and Communities – Cllr Andy Stranack
Transport, Environment and Regeneration – Cllr Gareth Streeter
Vice-Chair of Scrutiny – Cllr Robert Ward
Chief Whip – Cllr Mario Creatura
Shadow Cabinet Deputies:
Finance and Resources – Cllr Robert Ward
Homes and Gateway Services – Cllr Jeet Bains
Children, Young People and Learning – Cllr Sue Bennett
Clean Green Croydon – Cllr Ian Parker
Culture, Leisure and Sport – Cllr Oni Oviri
Economy and Jobs – Cllr Luke Clancy
Families, Health and Social Care – Cllr Margaret Bird
Safer Croydon and Communities – Cllr Richard Chatterjee
Transport, Environment and Regeneration – Cllr Michael Neal & Cllr Badsha Quadir
General Purpose and Audit Committee Lead – Cllr Stuart Millson
Licensing Committee Vice Chair – Cllr Margaret Bird
Deputy Chief Whip – Cllr Simon Brew
Cllr Jason Perry, Leader of Croydon’s Conservative Councillors, commented:
"My revamped Conservative Shadow Cabinet team is totally committed to holding Croydon’s failing Labour Council to account.
Croydon is sadly on the verge of bankruptcy due to the Labour Council's consistent failure to make sound policy decisions. This appalling situation could have been avoided, instead the Council has accrued nearly £2 billion of debt – that’s £15,000 of debt for every hour since Labour took control in 2014.
Council Tax is at record levels, some 400 loyal staff are set to lose their jobs, and our most vulnerable residents will suffer the consequences of Labour’s mismanagement.
The Conservatives in Croydon will be making the case for change in the run up to the 2022 local elections,by opposing Labour’s poor planning decisions, exposing their loss making development company, Brick x Brick, which is consistently building on our green spaces, challenging the dirt and decay on our streets and their general contempt for our wonderful borough and its residents."
Cllr Perry also paid tribute to those leaving Shadow Cabinet:
"We would like to pay tribute to Cllr Helen Pollard for her service to the Shadow Cabinet. Helen played a crucial role holding the Labour Council to account for drift and delay on key projects such as the Fairfield Halls and their lack of investment in our fantastic parks.
Once again a special thanks also goes to Cllr Tim Pollard who has worked tirelessly leading our Group. It is our loss that family commitments have meant that he has had to reduce his role in our group. We wish him and Helen well for the future.”