The new mayor of Croydon missed his first grilling at a scrutiny meeting after coming down with Covid-19.

Jason Perry was due to appear in front of the committee on Tuesday night.

On the day of the meeting a note on the council calendar read: “Please note the Mayor’s item will be deferred to a date TBC.”

Mayor Perry was expected to outline his priorities for the year ahead and members of the committee would have a chance to comment on these.

At the first scrutiny meeting of the new council held at Croydon Town Hall, chair of the committee Councillor Rowenna Davis said: “Sadly due to Covid the mayor can’t be here to join us this evening.

“He has written personally to us to reiterate our commitment to scrutiny and he is keen to fix a new date as soon as possible to come and be questioned by us.”

The next Overview and Scrutiny Committee is due to be held on July 12.

It is not the first time Mayor Perry has come down with Covid-19.

He was hit hard with it in early 2021 when he spent nine nights in hospital and took two months to recover from the illness.

At the time, he said: “On my first ward round the consultant told me that they had caught me on the way down.

"It was only really at that point that it crossed my mind that instead of going straight to the Covid ward I could have just as easily headed to intensive care. Life is indeed a delicate balance.”

Over the weekend, the mayor Tweeted that he missed out on the New Addington Carnival on Saturday (June 11). 

He was wished a speedy recovery by leader of the Labour group Councillor Stuart King.

His Twitter feed shows that he had recovered and was back out and about visiting a school on Wednesday.