Labour Party members met last Saturday to choose their Labour candidate for the upcoming South Norwood by-election. The election was called after the hard working Cllr Kathy Bee resigned to pursue a position as a senior civil servant, continuing her civic duty but unfortunately making her politically restricted.
Kathy had a number of achievements during her time in office including advocating for cyclists in the borough and introducing our 20mph manifesto commitment for residential streets whilst in the cabinet. She also won a national award for pioneering the play street at Love Lane and was instrumental in the community take over of the Stanley Halls.
On behalf of South Norwood and the whole of Croydon Labour we thank Kathy for her dedication and hard work put in as the Labour Councillor representing the people of South Norwood.
Put forward as the Labour candidate to replace her is prominent Labour Party activist and long time community campaigner Patsy Cummings.
Patsy said “I am delighted to pick up the flag for Labour in South Norwood. There is so much about this community which is fantastic, from our vibrant community, excellent green spaces and iconic community venues, and I’m glad that now after years of Tory neglect South Norwood is getting the regeneration it so desperately needs with Labour. Our council is cleaning up our streets and working with the community to invest in vital projects. But there is still so much more to do, from tackling the growing youth violence and knife crime pandemic, to tackling the housing crisis.
For years I have worked organising in communities and I hope now to continue the great community work Labour has started in South Norwood.”
The election is on the 7th of September and Labour will be aiming for a strong performance.