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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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Crowley stands down as Tory opposition leader in Sutton

EXCLUSIVE: Our Sutton reporter CARL SHILTON on the latest leadership change in a south London borough All change! Tim Crowley today became the fourth leader of a Town Hall political group in south London in the past few weeks to … Continue reading

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No laughing matter as East Cheam is placed on election map

BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK reports on the latest threat to the LibDems’ one-party state in south London Sutton residents are to get an additional councillor. And the sacred memory of Tony Hancock is to be enshrined with one of the borough’s wards … Continue reading

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Council leaders are set to break lockdown laws for ‘photo ops’

Council leaders in Croydon and Sutton are actively encouraging the public to break the law by attending large gatherings – ignoring the advice of health experts and potentially putting people’s health, and lives, at risk. One councillor has appealed to … Continue reading

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St Helier Hospital patient is latest to die from coronavirus

The fifth person in Britain to succumb to the effects of coronavirus died yesterday at St Helier Hospital. “We can confirm that sadly, a patient in their 70s who was very unwell with a number of significant and long-term health … Continue reading

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Bloody marvellous! East Cheam revived for a few LibDem votes

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest gerrymandering efforts of the council which many think are far from a laughing matter Stone me. Sutton Council’s Liberal Democrats are up to their old tricks again, with a proposal going before … Continue reading

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Crowe flies from Sutton leaving £30,000 legal bill behind her

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest high-profile departure from the Civic Offices So, farewell then, Jessica Crowe. Sutton Council’s £100,000 per year “assistant director of customers, commissioning and governance” (whatever that is supposed to mean) is off to … Continue reading

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Council issues false information as they cover their FoI tracks

Following our exclusive report last week on how Sutton was cynically trying to frustrate public questions submitted through a widely accepted online platform, the council quickly issued a statement. But what they claimed was not entirely true. CARL SHILTON picks … Continue reading

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Sutton’s efforts to block public FoIs back-fires for Bailey

CARL SHILTON on the latest blunder in efforts to block public accountability at the LibDem-controlled council A blatant attempt by a south London council to shut down transparency and close off a well-respected and well-used online tool for putting Freedom … Continue reading

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Dombey rules out new SEND school offering 112 extra places

Sutton Council’s plans to build a special school on playing fields at Sheen Way would see them break their own stated policy of protecting green open spaces and playing fields, while avoiding building a larger SEND school at Rose Hill, … Continue reading

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Call for Viridor prosecution over health risks from toxic fire

The Environment Agency has been asked to consider bringing a prosecution of Viridor over the fire at their incinerator on Beddington Lane last month, as there is mounting evidence to suggest that toxic fumes were released into the atmosphere during … Continue reading

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Sutton Council sacks Cognus MD over their SEND shambles

Our Sutton investigations editor, CARL SHILTON, on an inevitable development in the council’s struggles over its special educational needs services Tracey Burley has been sacked as the managing director of Cognus, the Sutton Council spin-off company which is responsible for … Continue reading

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Dombey defeated as Sutton goes for zero carbon by 2030

Sutton Council last night voted for zero emissions in the borough by 2030 – at least 15 years before the £1bn contract with Viridor for the incinerator at Beddington is due to end. BELLE MONT crunches the numbers Extinction Rebellion … Continue reading

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Scully goes in to Batt at PMQs for Sutton’s SEND families

Sutton’s failing SEND service looks set to get an early return visit from the inspectors of Ofsted, this time accompanied by officials from the Care Quality Commission. At least, that’s what Theresa Mayhem, the lame duck Prime Minister, indicated yesterday … Continue reading

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‘Families are at breaking point as a result’ of council action

Here, unedited, is the full text of the letter sent on behalf of the Sutton EHCP Crisis Group, to Ruth Dombey, the leader of Sutton Council. The letter was dated June 10. Dear Councilor Dombey, We are the members of … Continue reading

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Parents threaten to take council to High Court over SEND

EXCLUSIVE: Officials in Sutton have suppressed a report that slams council leadership over its failing services for special needs and disabled children, as a campaign group threatens a Judicial Review with angry parents maintaining that the council’s private service provider … Continue reading

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Council goes to court to fight Info Commissioner ruling

A business report into Sutton’s heat network scheme is being kept secret by the LibDem-controlled council. And now they’re spending more public cash on an appeal to keep the report under wraps, as CARL SHILTON reports Ruth Dombey, the leader … Continue reading

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St Helier’s new boilers take steam out of Sutton’s heat network

CARL SHILTON, our Sutton investigations editor, discovers that the council’s troubled heating network scheme has suffered a massive blow – from St Helier Hospital Council leader Ruth Dombey’s plans for a lucrative “Phase 2” of the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network … Continue reading

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Luxury retirement flats face sky-high fuel bills thanks to Sutton

BELLE MONT reports on how the new tenants of 80 pricy retirement flats in Hackbridge are likely to get very heated over their energy bills A housing developer has been allowed to abandon an agreed scheme to build an old … Continue reading

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‘Scout master’ Bazza gets elected, but fails to create a buzz

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on a council by-election where all the political parties did poorly Sutton’s LibDems, and their candidate with a record of serial business failures, duly retained the Wallington North council seat in yesterday’s council by-election, but … Continue reading

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Sutton LibDems feel pressure of Wallington independent’s day

Brexit Day is not the only unwelcome thing next week for Tom Brake, Ruth Dombey and their fellow Liberal Democrats, reports BELLE MONT A retired lecturer who for years faithfully delivered leaflets for local Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake could … Continue reading

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By-election rivals say LibDem candidate unfit for public office

CARL SHILTON reports on the cross-party condemnations for a council by-election candidate who has overseen failed businesses that have left multi-million-pound debts Barry Lewis, the choice of Sutton’s Liberal Democrats to be parachuted in to Wallington North for the council … Continue reading

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LibDem by-election candidate whose businesses left £9m debts

EXCLUSIVE: Campaigning in the Wallington North council by-election in Sutton is well underway, with the Liberal Democrats championing a candidate who has a recent record of business failures that have left his employees and the taxman hugely out of pocket. … Continue reading

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LibDems’ EIGHT complaints against Mattey are all rejected

Our Sutton staff reporter, BELLE MONT, on how the council’s ruling group are looking like very bad losers The Liberal Democrats on Sutton Council are going against the tide of national politics, with their leader accused of saying, “Independents don’t … Continue reading

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LibDem at centre of cronyism row is handed £150,000 top job

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on how history appears to be repeating itself over the appointment of a chief exec for a Liberal Democrat council Ruth Dombey, the Liberal Democrat council leader in Sutton, yesterday helpfully confirmed Inside Sutton’s report … Continue reading

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