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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Press Statement on Nick Mattey and the ERF

Cllr Nick Mattey has been suspended from membership of the Sutton Liberal Democrat Group. He has been suspended because of his recent public statement that: “I will not be lending my support to the Council on this matter and instead I am backing the Stop the Incinerator Campaign.” This means that for the time being he cannot describe himself as a Liberal Democrat councillor. The suspension is temporary pending an investigation.

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Sutton among best in London for primary school place allocations

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council and the borough’s primary schools have once again achieved one of the highest preference rates in London for the allocation of primary school places. 

Parents in the borough have now been told which primary schools have made offers of places for the September intake.

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Fascinating stories from Sutton’s past as the borough turns 50

London Borough 21 ...  that was the bureaucrats’ rather unimaginative name for our borough. That was before Sutton took on its now-familiar name with the creation of the new London boroughs 50 years ago this month, on 1 April 1965.  

The London Borough of Sutton was established from an amalgamation of smaller authorities – the Boroughs of Beddington and Wallington, Carshalton Urban District and the Borough of Sutton and Cheam. 

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Still time to renew Freedom Passes

Sutton residents have maintained their record for embracing the internet with more than 85% of the borough’s Freedom Passes being renewed online - one of the best rates in London.  

However the Liberal Democrat Leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey, said older people who had not renewed their passes could still travel free for a few more weeks.

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