Richard Howard

Richard Howard

Standing up for residents and businesses across Croydon Borough

Richard joined the British Army aged 18 and served for nearly 19 years, retiring as a Major in 2015. He spent the majority of his military career working in counter-terrorist bomb disposal completing four operational tours as a 'High-Threat' operator in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the Army, Richard has worked in financial services for both J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank. He now runs his own business helping people to plan their personal finances.

Richard has lived in Croydon since 2014 and is active within the community in Coulsdon. His values are borne of a lifetime of public service combined with a passionate belief in the importance of upholding people’s rights and individual freedoms. Richard is a strong advocate for the benefits of community policing and providing opportunities for young people. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his family.

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Croydon’s Labour Council goes bankrupt: but Tories are equally to blame

13 Dec 2020
Graph showing Labour and Conservatives both allowed council debt to rise hugely

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a financial strain on businesses, households and local councils, but Croydon Council’s financial mess wasn’t just a result of Covid. We have been let down by Labour who have ignored overspends and borrowed heavily to fund risky investments and pet projects like Brick by Brick.

Local Tories have been quick to criticise, but they were also part of the problem. Not only are the cuts to local councils a result of Tory national government, but the Tory-run council increased the council’s debt more between 2006 and 2014 than Labour have done since 2014.

It is us – the residents and businesses of Croydon – who will have to pay for it through increased charges and reduced services. 

Electing Lib Dems at every London level will add constructive independent scrutiny & ensure that decisions are taken in the best interest of their local communities’ voices are heard. The Lib Dem’s would scrutinise properly and would work collaboratively to build a better Croydon for everyone and make it the vibrant town it could and should be.

The graph illustrating this article, researched by local Lib Dem campaigners, shows that Labour have added £628 million to Croydon Council's debt mountain since they began running the Council in 2014. However, the Conservatives added £724 million in debt themselves when they rant the council between 2006 and 2014.

The figures for debt are the sum of short term and long term borrowing. The sources for the figures are:

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