Tag Archives: John Drage

Senior LibDem dined with Viridor days before incinerator vote

EXCLUSIVE: Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, has uncovered proof that a close party colleague of MP Tom Brake was enjoying hospitality with the incinerator operator just four days before a crucial council meeting to approve a £1bn, 25-year contract Evidence … Continue reading

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Put the bunting out: Sutton drops incinerator lane name plan

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on a sudden council U-turn Sutton Council has backed down over its decision to name the access road to the Viridor incinerator in Beddington as “Corn Bunting Lane”. The LibDem-controlled council announced the U-turn this … Continue reading

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Viridor allowed to give ‘absurd’ name to incinerator road

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on how the council has opted to name the service road to the Beddington Lane incinerator after a bird species that has been almost wiped out locally, in part, at least, as a consequence of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Merton, Nick Mattey, Refuse collection, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

‘Serious questions’ for LibDems over £11m housing contract

The opposition leader on Sutton Council is seeking an urgent, independent inquiry into how a senior Liberal Democrat party official failed to declare an interest when on the board of the borough’s social housing partnership, as they awarded a multi-million-pound … Continue reading

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LibDem official causes scandal over undeclared donations

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, finds that the former chair of Sutton’s ruling party, John Drage, forgot to declare an interest during a multi-million-pound public tendering process. And not for the first time The Liberal Democrats on Sutton Council accepted … Continue reading

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‘Disgusted’ councillor accuses Brake’s LibDems of ‘cult’ status

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest break in the ranks in what was once a LibDem single-party state The barely disguised tensions within the Sutton Liberal Democrats were exposed during the General Election campaign, when one of their … Continue reading

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Protestors to make a pantomime out of Sutton mayor-making

Sutton Greens and anti-incinerator campaigners from Croydon and across south London are planning to protest at the formal mayor-making ceremony at the civic centre later this month, when LibDem councillor Richard “Bernie” Clifton is set to don the ermine and … Continue reading

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The council incinerator report Sutton didn’t want you to see

THE COVER-UP: Last month, we reported how a “cheap energy” scheme that Sutton Council wants to force on to Barratt’s Felnex development at Hackbridge is based on a big, juicy lie. Here, WALTER CRONXITE uncovers the report which shows that … Continue reading

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LibDem hearing to raise allegations over £1bn incinerator

Over in Sutton, local councillor Nick Mattey is about to face an expulsion hearing from the Liberal Democrats after he dared to oppose his council’s scheme for a £1 billion industrial-scale incinerator on Beddington Lane, close to the borough boundary … Continue reading

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Drage-Net: Complaint filed to police over incinerator lobbying

A complaint has been made to the police about the conduct of former Sutton councillor, John Drage, in trying to influence a member of the council’s planning committee over the decision to grant permission to Viridor to build an industrial-scale … Continue reading

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Crowe’s feat to ensure incinerator inquiry is avoided

After venturing into Sutton on Wednesday evening, WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest efforts by the council to avoid a proper inquiry into the awarding of a £1 billion incinerator contract What a surprise. Liberal Democrat councillors on what we … Continue reading

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Sutton committee needs to read Inside Croydon, says top Tory

The Tory leader of the opposition on Sutton Council has called for the postponement of tonight’s Standards Committee discussion on the Beddington incinerator, to enable the committee members to consider the latest reports publish today by Inside Croydon. With the … Continue reading

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Conflicts of interest exposed over councillor’s old pals’ act

WALTER CRONXITE has uncovered evidence which proves that former Sutton counciller John Drage failed to declare his friendship with Viridor’s Colin Drummond on occasions when public contracts worth billions were being awarded to his friend’s business In five years on … Continue reading

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Sutton says nothing to investigate over incinerator ‘gift’

Sutton Council has been in touch, ahead of next Wednesday’s Standards Committee, which is supposed to look into the matter of a £275,000 “gift” from the charity arm of incinerator operators Viridor to a Sutton church which is often used … Continue reading

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£1bn incinerator deal and £275,000 “gift” back in the spotlight

The Beddington Lane incinerator site, on Croydon’s borough boundary – and the £275,000 “gift” from incinerator operators Viridor to a church much-used by Sutton LibDems – is high on the agenda this week, as Sutton Council stages a ward by-election. … Continue reading

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Environment secretary Davey helps Brake dine out with Viridor

More evidence has emerged of ties between incinerator operators Viridor and senior members of the Liberal Democrats in Sutton, including Tom Brake, until last month the deputy Leader of the House in the ConDem coalition. At least three executives from … Continue reading

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