Tom Brake MP vows to ‘fight harder than ever’ against Tory cuts on vulnerable people and public services

Tom Brake MP, re-elected in May as the Liberal Democrat member for Carshalton and Wallington, says he will fight harder than ever against Conservative cuts on vulnerable people and public services.

Writing in his annual report to constituents, Tom Brake said:  “Sadly, the Conservatives - without the Lib Dems to stop them - are able to unleash unnecessarily huge cuts on public services and the vulnerable, all whilst helping true very wealthy.

“In the next five years I will have to fight even harder for our local hospitals, schools and police.”

Tom Brake made it clear that he always welcomed contact from any constituent.  In the past 18 years as the local MP he had completed over 100,000 cases for local people, and this year he celebrated 25 years of holding his monthly street stall in Wallington High Street. 

“It’s a great way to meet people and to find out what matters to them.  I pride myself on being very easy to contact.”

He held regular Q&A sessions on Facebook, he said, and his e-group was going from strength to strength with regular polls on topical issues.  He also had very active Twitter and Facebook sites providing local news and updates.  

Other highlights from Tom’s 2015 report include:

  • success in a campaign for the 154 bus route to run all night on Fridays and Saturdays
  • regularly taking commuter complaints about shoddy services direct to rail bosses
  • a campaign to fight Tory plans to get rid of 1,000 London PCSOs, the popular police community support offices which he described as a ‘ridiculous proposal likely to put local people at risk’
  • plans to present a 21,000 petition in support of St Helier Hospital to health chiefs before the end of the year
  • support for the UK’s continued membership of a reformed European Union
  • plans to campaign for Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem candidate for the Mayor of London, and for Amna Ahmad, the local Lib Dem candidate for the London Assembly
  • Fundraising this year for the Diamond Riding Centre for people with disabilities, after raising over £1,400 last year for the Riverside Animal Centre.  

Tom Brake’s report is currently being delivered by volunteers to his constituents throughout Carshalton, Wallington, Beddington, Hackbridge, St Helier and Clockhouse.  

Read more about Tom’s work on www.tombrake.co.uk

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