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.
Graham Whitham said: “Sutton and Cheam’s two-horse race means the only way to stop cuts beyond what is needed is to keep Paul Burstow as Sutton and Cheam’s MP. Left unchecked, extreme Conservative cuts will hurt the vulnerable people Paul has always fought for.
“By voting for Paul Burstow, Sutton and Cheam will ensure that the next Government has compassion by keeping a balanced approach at the heart of Westminster.
"Paul has the experience to serve Sutton and Cheam well for the next five, possibly difficult, years.”
Paul Burstow said: "I recognise that this has been a very difficult decision for Graham, who has been a member of the Conservatives for over 50 years, and thank him for his support.
"Tory extremism, whether in their aggressive dealings on the Council or by making idealogical cuts to our services, are turning ordinary people off. We need to stand up to these extreme views and work together to keep a Sutton we can be proud of."