South London Partnership launches case for devolution

Liberal Democrat-led Sutton Council is playing a key role in plans by the South London Partnership to further develop and promote skills, innovation and quality of life and make its case to the government for devolution to deliver the biggest growth opportunity in the capital.

The partnership, which consists of Sutton, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Richmond, has held its first public meeting to present a programme to develop the region’s substantial  growth potential which includes the creation of thousands of new jobs and homes for local residents.

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£12,500 boost for local charities

The former Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Arthur Hookway, reported to May’s Annual Council Meeting that during his mayoral year he had raised £12,500 to support the work of two local charities - Sutton Seniors Forum and SMILE (Sutton Mentoring and Independent Leisure Experiences).

The theme for his mayoral year was Volunteers and Volunteering in the Community.

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Sutton appoints new Mayor for 2015-16

Cllr Muhammad Sadiq has been elected the new Mayor of Sutton.  He was elected unanimously at May’s Annual Council Meeting in Sutton Civic Centre. 

Cllr Sadiq said: “I am very honoured to have been elected as Mayor of Sutton which I accept with great gratitude. I am very grateful to my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to represent Sutton and to continue to serve the residents of Sutton, in my opinion the best borough to live in.”

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The fightback begins

The fightback has already started. Since the election results were announced, nearly 10,000 people have joined the Lib Dems because they believe that our values of equality, freedom and justice have never been more important. If you are not a member and would like to join us, you can join the fightback online here.

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Mixed general election results for Lib Dems in Sutton

Tom Brake, the sitting Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington, defied the party’s poor national results in the 7 May general election and retained his seat. 

Tom defeated his Conservative opponent by more than 1,500 votes.

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Former Tory leader supports Tom Brake

Sutton’s senior Conservative Councillor Graham Whitham who resigned from his party during a Council meeting on 20 April has now come out in support of Tom Brake.

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The Limes College rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors

Just five years ago Sutton’s Liberal Democrat council invested heavily in converting a former school building in Robin Hood Lane, Sutton, into a new school for The Limes College, the borough’s pupil referral unit.  

Previously the students had occupied a group of inadequate and run-down classrooms on a nearby site. 

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Conservative Councillor resigns and backs Paul Burstow

Cllr Graham Whitham, Conservative councillor since 1978, agent for former Carshalton and Wallington MP Nigel Foreman, and leader of Sutton Conservatives until 2014, resigned from the Conservatives at Sutton Council’s meeting on Monday (20 April).

He has now come out in support of the Liberal Democrat candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Paul Burstow.

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A positive voice for Sutton

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Sutton residents who are tired of reading negative stories about Sutton in the local media now have a positive alternative, a website and magazine - both called Sutton Voice.

The brainchild of a local journalist, Roger Mills, Sutton Voice has a simple aim – to give a voice to the real community of the borough.

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Free book offer by Sutton’s libraries

Sutton’s Library Service - for many years admired throughout the country for its innovative approach in encouraging reading - will be giving away free books on Thursday, 23 April.  

The giveaway is to celebrate World Book Night held annually to encourage book reading. The Enjoy Sutton shuttle bus will be trundling up and down Sutton High Street from 3pm, with libraries staff handing out free books.

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