Sutton Youth Parliament welcomes French visitors

A group of young visitors from western France were the guests of the Sutton Youth Parliament to exchange ideas and plans in a session lasting two days.

The young people, from Saint Martin du Fouilloux near Angers, were visiting Sutton for four days in all, and said their time with the Sutton Youth Parliament members had been instructive and beneficial. The visit was an opportunity for them to discuss what they shared in common, their differences and the lessons they could learn from each other.

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Tom Brake’s New Foreign Affairs role

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has been appointed the party’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson by the new Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron.

In addition, Tom - the longest-serving and most experienced Liberal Democrat MP remaining in the House of Commons - has been appointed Chief Whip and Leader of the House. 

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Crowd-funding appeal seeks to resurrect Rosehill Traders Market

Sutton residents are being invited to help to re-establish the once-popular traders’ market in Rosehill by getting involved in a crowd-funding project with a target of just over £25,000.

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Sutton’s Lib Dem council may issue body cameras to lollipop staff

Sutton Council is considering issuing body cameras to its lollipop staff following a number of “drive-through” incidents and verbal abuse from drivers at school crossings across the borough.

Lollipop staff working near schools in Sutton, Worcester Park and Hackbridge have reported incidents.

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Fond memories of Sutton

Memories of living in Sutton are shared in a video just released by Sutton Council to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the borough’s creation in 1965.  

The six-minute film shows interviews with five long-time borough residents.

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Sutton to host cycling summit with London Mayor’s cycling commissioner

Sutton Council is to hold a cycling summit with the Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan as part of the council’s programme to improve cycling provision and encourage cycling in the borough.

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Lib Dem leadership contenders wind up their campaign in Sutton

The two candidates for the Liberal Democrat leadership, Tim Farron and Norman Lamb, wound up their gruelling country-wide campaign meeting party members in Sutton on Saturday (11 July).  Every Lib Dem party member has a vote, and the poll for the new leader to replace Nick Clegg will close next Wednesday.

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Sutton athletes go for gold at London Youth Games

Sutton athletes chalked up some notable performances in the finals weekend at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at Crystal Palace on 4 and 5 July. 

Around 150 competitors from Sutton aged between nine and 17 took part in a range of sports at the finals weekend.  They joined thousands of other young athletes from all London boroughs in the annual mini-Olympics-style sports festival.

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Travellers move from Roundshaw Park following pressure from Sutton Council and police

Around 300 travellers have left Roundshaw Park after a three-week operation by Sutton Council and the police to evict them.  This follows a catalogue of anti-social behaviour which has caused considerable nuisance to neighbours and to the council. 

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Boost in Sutton’s Lib Dem membership since the May elections

The disappointing result for the Liberal Democrats at the May elections has had an unexpected consequence - a substantial boost for the party’s membership.  

Nationally, since 8 May, the number has leapt by 27% to more than 61,000 while Sutton - traditionally a Liberal Democrat stronghold - has seen a one-third increase in its membership.  

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