Category Archives: Tom Brake MP

Boo-ris Johnson: Barwell predicts end for PM could be close

As Boris Johnson is booed by royalists gathered outside St Paul’s Cathedral for the latest part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a former colleague lays out the weaknesses of the Prime Minister’s position as a result of Partygate, and the … Continue reading

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‘A pattern of unacceptable behaviour, spread over months’

Junior government ministers Paul Scully and Chris Philp remain silent over the Prime Minister’s Partygate scandal, while  other Tory MPs call for Boris Johnson to resign Two south London Conservative MPs have joined a growing number from their party to … Continue reading

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Half of Sutton LibDem councillors quitting at May’s elections

Defending the indefensible, whether it is the dodgy deals over the council’s SDEN heat network, the appalling treatment of families with SEND children, or some of the ruling group’s more under-hand conduct, has taken its toll, writes our Civic Offices … Continue reading

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Sutton’s LibDems in meltdown as ‘betrayed’ deputy quits

A councillor called ‘Moral’ has taken a principled stance against her erstwhile party colleagues. EXCLUSIVE by CARL SHILTON, investigations editor Ruth Dombey’s deputy mayor on Sutton’s Liberal Democrat-controlled council is quitting at the local elections next month because she has … Continue reading

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Crisis-hit Dombey facing Hackbridge election challenge

Already a source of frequent ridicule in a national satirical magazine, now Sutton’s LibDem council leader is facing a new threat to her power as challengers emerge from Labour, as CARL SHILTON reports What’s been a bad few weeks for … Continue reading

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Dombey in crisis as two more LibDem councillors quit

CARL SHILTON on troubling times for Sutton’s beleaguered leader To lose one senior councillor in the weeks before crucial local elections might be seen to be unfortunate. But to lose three of her closest supporters, including her deputy leader, in less … Continue reading

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Council wants to turn Battle of Britain Memorial into lorry park

Sutton Council wants to turn part of the Purley Way into a lorry park for at least two years. The council’s construction logistics plan for a special school on Sheen Way Playing Fields will see dozens of HGVs parking up … Continue reading

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Tory MP Colburn caught out as ‘leftists’ defend public liberties

In the middle of “Party Gate”, one local Conservative MP has shown that not only does he favour authoritarian laws that remove the rights and liberties that helped to make this country what it is today, but he managed to … Continue reading

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Councillor scarpers rather than face the heat from SDEN

Our Sutton Council reporter, BELLE MONT, on signs that the ruling Liberal Democrats are becoming concerned for their prospects at next May’s local elections LibDem councillors in Sutton are starting to leave their sinking ship. Ben Andrew, a former Liberal … Continue reading

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Sutton’s Simpson show can’t account for £2m SDEN subsidy

‘I can’t give you a guarantee there is no fraud’ – the words of an independent accountancy official at a meeting this week caused further dismay to Sutton’s ruling LibDems amid the growing controversy of their loss-making heat network. CARL … Continue reading

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Latest Tory sleaze scandal shows that rules are for other people

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The backlash against the Tory government’s vote to let one of their MPs escape penalties for breaking the rules over lobbying has today brought the suggestion of a U-turn. But why is it one rule for them and … Continue reading

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Government cuts £100m from budget for new Sutton hospital

Plans for a new hospital in Sutton have been hit after the government wrote to the local NHS Trust to advise that they would be cutting their contribution to the £511million build costs by around a quarter. The plans to … Continue reading

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Simpson feels heat from MP over SDEN ‘independent’ review

A Sutton MP has raised serious doubts whether a supposedly “independent” review into the controversial council-owned SDEN company will make any difference for the hundreds of Hackbridge residents whose homes and lives have been blighted by the expensive and unreliable … Continue reading

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Sutton heating ‘disaster’ has residents seeking compensation

CARL SHILTON, our Sutton correspondent, reports on a badly-organised meeting – part Muppet Show, part Orwell’s 1984 – at which shocked residents saw their new ‘luxury’ homes reduced in value potentially by tens of thousands of pounds because of a … Continue reading

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MP Colburn in ‘angry’ row with Sutton over faulty heat network

The hot water supplied to Hackbridge’s New Mill Quarter might be lukewarm, but the political row over the council’s faulty heating network is close to boiling point, as our Sutton correspondent, CARL SHILTON, reports The MP who represents thousands of … Continue reading

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Community dishes up plates-full of embarassment for Tory MPs

A social media flashmob protest took place yesterday outside the offices of Sutton’s Conservative MPs to express public disgust at Paul Scully voting in the Commons against providing free meals for vulnerable children during the half-term break. Protesters described Scully’s … Continue reading

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Appeals to Sutton and Croydon to join Rashford campaign

The leaders of LibDem-run Sutton and Labour-controlled Croydon have been urged to join a growing number of councils in issuing food vouchers over half term as the row over free school meals provision during holidays continues. London boroughs Southwark, Lambeth, … Continue reading

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Tories choose NHS’s birthday to sound death knell for St Helier

The Tory government chose the weekend of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS to sound the death knell for acute services at St Helier Hospital, and at Epsom Hospital in Surrey. A 25-year-long battle to maintain and … Continue reading

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XR’s slow march highlights lack of progress on emissions

Extinction Rebellion protesters yesterday marched through Sutton town centre before delivering letters to the borough’s pair of Tory MPs, Paul Scully and Elliot Colburn, demanding action on the climate emergency. Sutton XR said, “The letter urges our MPs to publicly … Continue reading

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Sutton’s heating network inflicts fuel poverty on new estate

Our Sutton reporter, CARL SHILTON, on a saga of deceit and disservice Sutton Council and its Liberal Democrat councillors have found themselves in hot water over SDEN, the district heating network which was supposed to provide cheap, “green” energy pumped … Continue reading

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SDEN: A timeline of council bungling and sky-high fuel prices

Sutton Council’s handling of its energy network has placed a number of families who have moved into the Barratt’s-built New Mill Quarter at Hackbridge in “fuel poverty”. This timeline tells a story of denial, dishonesty and outright incompetence 2018: The … Continue reading

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MP challenges Viridor over its management of wildlife reserve

A Member of Parliament has intervened over the serious damage to the wildlife habitat and the destruction of one of London’s largest nesting colonies of house sparrows, following reports of the ecological calamity by Inside Croydon. Elliot Colburn was elected … Continue reading

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LibDem rebels block plan to build on Sheen Way playing fields

Our Sutton reporter, CARL SHILTON, on how the council leadership has suffered another damaging knockback A meeting held in Sutton last week proved that it really is possible for a committee to vote down a proposal for overdevelopment backed by … Continue reading

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Creatura shows his contempt for public by backing Cummings

Dominic Cummings can rest easy. Coulsdon councillor Mario Creatura reckons he did no wrong. Creatura, who worked in Downing Street as Theresa Mayhem’s Twitter monitor, must now surely be ranked as only the second-worst government special adviser in the history … Continue reading

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Decision time for Labour comes too late for Davis or Cummings

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE, on how a drawn-out selection process has hampered any prospects of electoral success for Labour in Croydon and Sutton in May’s elections to City Hall In a primary contest that has lasted longer than that … Continue reading

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