About Sutton’s Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats in Sutton have a long and unrivalled record of service to their community through the popular borough council, two hard-working Members of Parliament, Lord Graham Tope and Tom Brake, and their many hundreds of dedicated volunteer activists.
Sutton Council has been led continuously by the Liberal Democrats since 1986. At the 2014 local council elections, Sutton residents gave a clear mandate for the Lib Dems to continue leading Sutton Council when the party actually increased its majority against all the national voting trends.
Members of Parliament
The London Borough of Sutton has two Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament, Tom Brake MP, who represents Carshalton and Wallington in the House of Commons, and Lord Graham Tope, former Leader of Sutton Council, who sits in the House of Lords.
Tom has been the dedicated Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington since 1997 and speaks out proudly for his constituency and for the borough. As a effective campaigner, Tom has secured many victories for the community - such as helping save St Helier Hospital's A&E and maternity unit from closure, saving the Thameslink from ending at Blackfriars and securing the partial re-introduction of a local night bus.
In September 2012, while the Lib Dems were in coalition government Tom was appointed to his first Ministerial position as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, having been appointed a Privy Counsellor in June 2011.
Graham was Leader of Sutton Council from 1986 to 1999, and has been a peer since 1994. In the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition government Graham was the party’s spokesperson in the Lords on Communities and Local Government, and co-chaired the Lib Dem CLG Parliamentary Committee throughout the last Parliament. He also chaired the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group. He stood down from those roles after the 2015 election, but has now been appointed Lib Dem spokesperson on London.
From 1997 to 2015, both the borough’s parliamentary constituencies were held by the Liberal Democrats. Paul Burstow was narrowly defeated by the Conservatives in Sutton and Cheam in the 2015 General Election. This was particularly sad considering his record fighting for Sutton residents and as a government minister.
As Minister of State for Care Services, Paul worked hard on issues including care for the elderly, adult social care, mental health services, and learning disability programmes, Paul was critically appraised for his achievements from to 2010 to 2012. He paved the way for new talking therapy services for children and young people, banned age discrimination in the NHS and doubled investment in dementia research to £66m a year.
Over the years, thousands of residents have been helped by Tom and Paul, or know someone who has.
The party’s great strength lies in the support of the many hundreds of volunteers who help us stay in touch of the borough’s residents. From talking to residents, to clerical work and delivering leaflets, they are the key to the Lib Dems’ continuing success. We are always looking for people to join our growing team. Click here to Volunteer.
Despite the disappointing result of the 2015 General Election, tens of thousands of supporters have signed up as new members to the national Liberal Democrat party. Being a member of the party, locally and nationally, is important because our members decide policy, the direction of our Party, choose our representatives, and are a vital part of the team. Click here to Join.
Focus is one of the main ways we keep in touch with our residents. It has been delivered almost monthly in Sutton for more than 40 years. If you would like to deliver Focus to a few dozen houses in your area, click here.
A Flagship Borough:
25 years of a Liberal Democrat Sutton Council
This book tells the story of events leading up to the 1986 election, of 25 years of a popular and successful local authority, and celebrates the Sutton Lib Dems’ extraordinary achievement of continuous administration. It examines how the party became a real force in local politics in Sutton, to the extent that the council was described by Deloittes in 2009 as one of the five leading local authorities in the country.
Famous for its environmental agenda, and the ground-breaking BedZed housing development Sutton Council also pioneered a wide range of other achievements in local government. And on top of all else, the book tells the secret of how the Liberal Democrats kept winning in Sutton - as the former Liberal Democrat News said: “It has long been the model of all the Party stands for and has led the way in environmental innovation - also a great example to all other councillors and campaigners everywhere.”
A Flagship Borough is available for just £10 (including postage and packing) from Tony Brett Young, 64 Metcalfe Avenue, Carshalton Beeches SM5 4AT.