Category Archives: Paul Burstow MP

Threats of libel action as Sutton election campaign turns nasty

EXCLUSIVE: Chuka Umunna, Jo Swinson, Caroline Lucas, even Bianca Jagger, have all taken at face value allegations made by a Liberal Democrat General Election candidate, and so now could now be dragged into a bitter legal action. Our Sutton investigations … Continue reading

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NHS set to announce A&E and Maternity closures at St Helier

NHS chiefs in Merton will later this week propose the closure of the Accident and Emergency department and the Maternity unit at St Helier Hospital, according to an MP for the area. The MP, Siobhain McDonagh, warns that any such … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Mayday Hospital, Merton, Paul Burstow MP, Siobhain McDonagh MP, St Helier Hospital, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Sutton LibDems have cause to worry over Brake’s boundaries

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on the potential consequences of the parliamentary boundary changes for the borough’s veteran MP It is not only Labour seats in London that the Tories are after through their gerrymandering exercise masquerading under a constituency … Continue reading

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Independents’ Day in Beddington puts Dombey in the doldrums

Tony Newman is not the only south London council leader under increased pressure following the local elections. BELLE MONT delves into the detail of the results in Sutton, where the local LibDem leader used to boast that ‘independents don’t win … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Hamish Pollock, Jayne McCoy, Jessica Crowe, Niall Bolger, Nick Mattey, Paul Burstow MP, Paul Scully MP, Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council, Tim Crowley, Waste incinerator, Wendy Mathys | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sutton Conservatives trying hard to keep it in the family

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Our political staffer, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on how the Tories have loaded their candidate lists for the Town Hall elections with their nearest and dearest Residents of Sutton have heard a lot about “Better for Families” from the Tories. … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Paul Burstow MP, Paul Scully MP, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Under-fire Sutton LibDems are beginning to feel the squeeze

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Over in Sutton, the political party which controls the council is sending out distress signals ahead of the May 3 vote, as BELLE MONT reports Liberal Democrats have clung on to power in Sutton over the years by … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Paul Burstow MP, Paul Scully MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sutton scraps recycling machine – and wastes £6m-plus

A £4million-worth piece of machinery which was bought to help improve recycling rates in Croydon and across south London has been binned by Sutton Council  – who have managed to incur an additional bill of at least £2million to landfill … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Merton, Nick Mattey, Paul Burstow MP, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hopes go up in smoke as LibDems hold Sutton council seat

Last week’s Sutton Council by-election result was bad news for Labour and worse news for any campaigns to halt the incinerator at Beddington Lane, reports WALTER CRONXITE Candidates who oppose the Beddington Lane incinerator won 55.9 per cent of the … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Environment, London Assembly, Nick Mattey, Outside Croydon, Paul Burstow MP, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ex-councillor claims coercion over £1bn incinerator decision

Serious doubts have been expressed over the fairness – or lack of it – of Sutton Council’s planning process for the Beddington Lane incinerator, after a former councillor and member of the committee that granted permission for the waste incineration … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Environment, Nick Mattey, Paul Burstow MP, Planning, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Stephen Fenwick, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dear LibDems: I remain a liberal, a democrat and a councillor

Sutton LibDems’ suspension of Councillor Nick Mattey could have a damaging impact on the General Election campaign in their parliamentary constituencies, reports WALTER CRONXITE Tom Brake’s efforts to be re-elected as MP for Carshalton and Wallington, the seat he has … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Business, Church and religions, Environment, Nick Mattey, Paul Burstow MP, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Survey predicts MP Barwell is facing capital ‘punishment’

Even the Evening Boris is predicting that Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, will lose his parliamentary seat at the General Election in 100 days time. Barwell had London Mayor Boris Johnson attend his glitzy campaign launch last … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Paul Burstow MP, Sarah Jones MP, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bad day for LibDems in Sutton – and for St Helier Hospital

Stephen Fenwick, a councillor in Sutton, was forced to resign as a Liberal Democrat yesterday after pleading guilty in court to racially aggravated assault. Fenwick was given a conditional discharge and a fine, after admitting a drink-fuelled rant in a … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Environment, Health, Mayday Hospital, Paul Burstow MP, St Helier Hospital, Stephen Fenwick, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sutton’s LibDem MPs face election defeat, says pundit

The LibDems in Sutton could be facing a Bluewash at the 2015 General Election, and may lose both the borough’s MPs, the “charismatically challenged” Tom Brake, the deputy leader of the House in the ConDem Government, and the former health minister … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Outside Croydon, Paul Burstow MP, Sarah Jones MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Noted: How our local MPs voted to oppose food bank motion

On Wednesday, in the House of Commons, the Labour party put forward a motion that called for the government to look into the use of food banks in Britain. The number of people – many of them hard-working families – … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Charity, Croydon Central, Croydon Nightwatch, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayday! Mayday! Croydon hospital among the country’s worst

Well, if you weren’t gloomy enough about life in Croydon already, as shown by the Prime Minister’s “happiness index” published yesterday, today’s news about the standards of our country’s hospitals, and Mayday in particular, will really cheer you up. Not. … Continue reading

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Syria, Parliament and the local MPs who want it all ways

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Where do local MPs stand on the issue of intervention in Syria after Thursday night’s votes in the House of Commons? In some cases, it is hard to say, writes ANDREW PELLING, especially for the MP who voted … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ashes to ashes: Only Boris can stop Viridor incinerator now

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Did Sutton’s LibDems last night grant planning permission to Viridor for its £1bn incinerator project at Beddington Lane just so that someone else could make the tough decision to block it? Contributing editor ANDREW PELLING says that nothing … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon Greens, Environment, Health, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Paul Burstow MP, Planning, Simon Hoar, St Helier Hospital, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mayday! Croydon hospital on CQC’s staffing danger list

The NHS safe in their hands? So this is how the coalition works: in the General Election the Conservatives promise “no top-down re-organisation” of the NHS. Having failed to win the election, the Tory-led government then pushes forward plans for … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Mayday Hospital, Paul Burstow MP, St Helier Hospital, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Westfield lobbyist Scully selected by Sutton Conservatives

Sutton and Cheam Conservatives have chosen a prospective parliamentary candidate with a strong Croydon connection – and it’s not Steve “Three Jobs” O’Connell. Paul Scully is to be the Conservative candidate to challenge Liberal Democrat MP, Paul Burstow, at the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Outside Croydon, Paul Burstow MP, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Whitgift Centre | 1 Comment

Sutton’s Tories in meltdown as they face “yellow wash”

The Liberal Democrats defied all national trends and their party’s unpopular part in the ConDem coalition to hold Stonecot ward with a 7.7 per cent swing from the Conservatives in last Thursday’s Sutton Council by-election. If repeated in the 2014 … Continue reading

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Election questions: Marisha Ray, Liberal Democrats

The Croydon North by-election is on November 29, and Inside Croydon has put to candidates a set of questions. We will be putting the responses on the record, published without the artifice, interruptions and grandstanding of the usual hustings. We … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Boris Johnson, Croydon North, CSEP, Education, Health, Housing, Libraries, London Road Traders Association, Marisha Ray, Mayor of London, Paul Burstow MP, St Helier Hospital, Tom Brake MP, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Halloween horror: How did your MP vote on the EU budget?

The ConDem government was defeated in parliament on the EU budget last night – Halloween – after 53 Conservative MPs defied their party over the issue. Tory rebels joined with Labour to pass an amendment calling for a real-terms cut … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Tom Brake MP, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Little Ray of sunshine for LibDems in Croydon North

Any jokes about the Liberal Democrats in Croydon being an endangered species were only reinforced late last night with the announcement of a candidate for the forthcoming parliamentary by-election, as they named Marisha Ray, a former councillor in Islington, north … Continue reading

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East is East for Barwell after boundary changes change

As former MP ANDREW PELLING observes, the revised proposals for the parliamentary constituencies in Croydon and Sutton suggest that in this part of south London, at least, the LibDems have driven a hard bargain The Boundary Commission’s latest proposals have … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, London-wide issues, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Selhurst, Selsdon & Ballards, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Promotions for Grant and Deighton; but nothing for Barwell?

The ConDem government’s week-long reshuffle has included much interest for locally based figures, with Helen Grant, who has a solicitors’ practice based on the Purley Way, getting promoted to a job at the Ministry of Justice. The Conservative MP for … Continue reading

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