Sutton Council 2014 local elections - essential info for polling day on May 22

Sutton Council is made up of 54 councillors with three members representing each ward around the borough.

Sutton Council is made up of 54 councillors with three members representing each ward around the borough.

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Next week people will go to the polls to vote for who will represent them on Sutton Council.

Sutton Council is made up of 54 councillors with three members representing each ward around the borough.

At the last election in 2010 the Liberal Democrats retained control of the council with 48 per cent of the vote securing them 43 seats compared to the Conservatives' 11.

No other party won a seat although former Liberal Democrat Coun John Keys defected to Labour since then meaning there is one Labour seat.

There is also an independent councillor after Coun Stephen Fenwick was dropped by the Liberal Democrats following his conviction for racially aggravated assault.

The Sutton Guardian will be at the count at Westcroft Leisure Centre from 10pm providing build up, immediate results and reaction via this website and the Sutton Guardian twitter account - @suttonguardian.

Those who are registered to vote will receive polling cards in the post between May 18 and May 22, polling day.

To vote, you must take this card to your local polling station, which should be indicated on the card itself, between 7am and 10pm on polling day.

At the polling station, voters will be asked to vote for up to three representatives. Vote by putting an X in the box next to the name of your preferred candidate - you do not need to use three votes, that is a maximum.

Voting instructions are made clear on the polling card and there will be volunteers on hand to provide assistance but people have been asked to make sure they are not tempted to take photographs or 'selfies' in the polling station as this is against the law.

The poll takes place on the same day as the European election but is a completely separate vote.

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3:50pm Fri 16 May 14

treblegold says...

The article says "you must take this card to your local polling station". That is not the case - you don't need to have the card with you or show it to vote. It's also worth pointing out that the people sitting outside the polling station who may ask for the number on your polling card (or sometimes even the card itself) have no official status - they are representatives of the various candidates, and of course you don't have to tell them anything, or show them anything.
The article says "you must take this card [the polling card] to your local polling station". That is not the case - you don't need to have the card with you or show it to vote. It's also worth pointing out that the people sitting outside the polling station who may ask for the number on your polling card (or sometimes even the card itself) have no official status - they are representatives of the various candidates, and of course you don't have to tell them anything, or show them anything. treblegold
  • Score: 17

4:27pm Fri 16 May 14

Crease2000 says...

They irritate me, those nosey people that hang around outside. Thank goodness I've been voting by post for years now.
They irritate me, those nosey people that hang around outside. Thank goodness I've been voting by post for years now. Crease2000
  • Score: 12

4:45pm Fri 16 May 14

Binsanity says...

As treblegold quite rightly states and is written on the Poll Card "you do not need to take this card with you to vote". Why is the Guardian so badly informed and do they realise the confusion this type of shoddy reporting causes.
As treblegold quite rightly states and is written on the Poll Card "you do not need to take this card with you to vote". Why is the Guardian so badly informed and do they realise the confusion this type of shoddy reporting causes. Binsanity
  • Score: 10

8:26pm Fri 16 May 14

Binsanity says...

Apart from the "you must take your poll card with you" gaff, the next Guardian essential info is, "Those who are registered to vote will receive polling cards in the post between May 18 and May 22". Our community have had their poll cards for weeks and most of the postal voters have already returned theirs. We can only hope that the Guardians coverage of the count at the Westcroft Leisure Centre, is slightly more professional and informed.
Apart from the "you must take your poll card with you" gaff, the next Guardian essential info is, "Those who are registered to vote will receive polling cards in the post between May 18 and May 22". Our community have had their poll cards for weeks and most of the postal voters have already returned theirs. We can only hope that the Guardians coverage of the count at the Westcroft Leisure Centre, is slightly more professional and informed. Binsanity
  • Score: 5

6:27pm Sat 17 May 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Already done it by post and voted UKIP to cut the control from Brussels and tackle the immigration over population the other parties have lacked the spheres to deal with.
Already done it by post and voted UKIP to cut the control from Brussels and tackle the immigration over population the other parties have lacked the spheres to deal with. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -4

11:41pm Sat 17 May 14

Elliot Colburn says...

Michael Pantlin wrote:
Already done it by post and voted UKIP to cut the control from Brussels and tackle the immigration over population the other parties have lacked the spheres to deal with.
Incredible! Sutton Council now has control over the UK's borders and where laws concerning the UK are made?! You must tell me more, you're clearly very well informed! There was me thinking people would vote on issues such as Council Tax, the Incinerator, Schools, etc, in their LOCAL elections! How wrong was I?!
[quote][p][bold]Michael Pantlin[/bold] wrote: Already done it by post and voted UKIP to cut the control from Brussels and tackle the immigration over population the other parties have lacked the spheres to deal with.[/p][/quote]Incredible! Sutton Council now has control over the UK's borders and where laws concerning the UK are made?! You must tell me more, you're clearly very well informed! There was me thinking people would vote on issues such as Council Tax, the Incinerator, Schools, etc, in their LOCAL elections! How wrong was I?! Elliot Colburn
  • Score: 1

2:34am Sun 18 May 14

GreenBrown says...

"There was me thinking people would vote on issues such as Council Tax, the Incinerator, Schools, etc, in their LOCAL elections! How wrong was I?!"

All of which pale in comparison to the very real problems and threats this country is facing. Sort out the big national problems and the local problems will be far easier to fix. Most people vote for the party they support, not for particular issues. Those days are long gone. Ukip for me also.

"There was me thinking"

I very much doubt that.
"There was me thinking people would vote on issues such as Council Tax, the Incinerator, Schools, etc, in their LOCAL elections! How wrong was I?!" All of which pale in comparison to the very real problems and threats this country is facing. Sort out the big national problems and the local problems will be far easier to fix. Most people vote for the party they support, not for particular issues. Those days are long gone. Ukip for me also. "There was me thinking" I very much doubt that. GreenBrown
  • Score: -9

3:08pm Sun 18 May 14

David A says...

Bumped into Paul Burstow at the fair in Cheam Yesterday. I asked him to whom he had delivered the "Save St Helier" petition he had got so many of his constituents to sign. He immediately panicked and started shouting question after irrelevant question at me in an attempt to avoid answering my question. I stood my ground and demanded an answer before I would say anything else to him. Eventually he blurted out "to the hospital.. and ..err...the CCG". Good trick to magic one petition into two in order to deliver to a hospital that has no say in the matter as well as to the body that wants to close it bit by bit! What an insult to my intelligence by the man who pretends to fight for our hospital while voting for all the legislation that makes it vulnerable to closure. Wonder where the petition is now? Didn't see his partner Tom Brake at the fair. Maybe he's learned not to expose himself to questions about his similarly duplicitous behaviour. Wonder if either of them will be rewarded for their treachery with a seat in the Lords if they lose (or stand down), as they both certainly should, in the general election next year?
Bumped into Paul Burstow at the fair in Cheam Yesterday. I asked him to whom he had delivered the "Save St Helier" petition he had got so many of his constituents to sign. He immediately panicked and started shouting question after irrelevant question at me in an attempt to avoid answering my question. I stood my ground and demanded an answer before I would say anything else to him. Eventually he blurted out "to the hospital.. and ..err...the CCG". Good trick to magic one petition into two in order to deliver to a hospital that has no say in the matter as well as to the body that wants to close it bit by bit! What an insult to my intelligence by the man who pretends to fight for our hospital while voting for all the legislation that makes it vulnerable to closure. Wonder where the petition is now? Didn't see his partner Tom Brake at the fair. Maybe he's learned not to expose himself to questions about his similarly duplicitous behaviour. Wonder if either of them will be rewarded for their treachery with a seat in the Lords if they lose (or stand down), as they both certainly should, in the general election next year? David A
  • Score: 11

6:33pm Sun 18 May 14

LBSresident says...

GreenBrown wrote:
"There was me thinking people would vote on issues such as Council Tax, the Incinerator, Schools, etc, in their LOCAL elections! How wrong was I?!"

All of which pale in comparison to the very real problems and threats this country is facing. Sort out the big national problems and the local problems will be far easier to fix. Most people vote for the party they support, not for particular issues. Those days are long gone. Ukip for me also.

"There was me thinking"

I very much doubt that.
Well alright, but I doubt your vote for the local council is very well informed if you believe that a party that seeks to relegate to a minor role issues that are affecting local residents right now such as the incinerator, council tax and schools, and instead concentrate the vast amount of their resources venting spleen at Brussels or Romanians (or is it Germans, I forget, one group's worse than the other according to Farage?), no matter how valid those concerns may be, but which over councillors or council candidates have no influence over.
[quote][p][bold]GreenBrown[/bold] wrote: "There was me thinking people would vote on issues such as Council Tax, the Incinerator, Schools, etc, in their LOCAL elections! How wrong was I?!" All of which pale in comparison to the very real problems and threats this country is facing. Sort out the big national problems and the local problems will be far easier to fix. Most people vote for the party they support, not for particular issues. Those days are long gone. Ukip for me also. "There was me thinking" I very much doubt that.[/p][/quote]Well alright, but I doubt your vote for the local council is very well informed if you believe that a party that seeks to relegate to a minor role issues that are affecting local residents right now such as the incinerator, council tax and schools, and instead concentrate the vast amount of their resources venting spleen at Brussels or Romanians (or is it Germans, I forget, one group's worse than the other according to Farage?), no matter how valid those concerns may be, but which over councillors or council candidates have no influence over. LBSresident
  • Score: 1

11:12pm Sun 18 May 14

GreenBrown says...

"Well alright, but I doubt your vote for the local council is very well informed if you believe that a party that seeks to relegate to a minor role issues that are affecting local residents right now such as the incinerator, council tax and schools"

I doesn't matter what party runs the council. You've only got to read Private Eyes 'Rotten Boroughs' section to see that councils up and down the country are involved in one scandal or another. Lib, Lab and Con, they are all guilty of mismanagement. All these issues are part of a bigger picture. The Eu is into every part of our lives. It has slowly crept up on us and it must be stopped now. Everything is connected and every decision has consequences even if they are not obviously connected at first glance.

"...Brussels or Romanians (or is it Germans, I forget, one group's worse than the other according to Farage?)"

I knew what he meant as would anyone who wasn't brainwashed by political correctness. Germany, like the UK is an advanced, developed nation and Romania is not. Of course there are differences. There aren't gangs of English pickpockets on the streets of Bucharest for starters. We don't attract the cream, the well educated in such vast numbers. Mass immigration brings unskilled workers and criminals. Mass immigration from a country means that that country has problems of its own. Mass immigration means there is a problem, full stop.

Like everyone I have received the usual leaflets from all the parties. For decades they have been promising the same old stuff. Better healthcare, better schools, better policing etc. Still not getting it right and they never will. They don't really want change.

Stop believing their lies, stop playing their game and vote Ukip.
"Well alright, but I doubt your vote for the local council is very well informed if you believe that a party that seeks to relegate to a minor role issues that are affecting local residents right now such as the incinerator, council tax and schools" I doesn't matter what party runs the council. You've only got to read Private Eyes 'Rotten Boroughs' section to see that councils up and down the country are involved in one scandal or another. Lib, Lab and Con, they are all guilty of mismanagement. All these issues are part of a bigger picture. The Eu is into every part of our lives. It has slowly crept up on us and it must be stopped now. Everything is connected and every decision has consequences even if they are not obviously connected at first glance. "...Brussels or Romanians (or is it Germans, I forget, one group's worse than the other according to Farage?)" I knew what he meant as would anyone who wasn't brainwashed by political correctness. Germany, like the UK is an advanced, developed nation and Romania is not. Of course there are differences. There aren't gangs of English pickpockets on the streets of Bucharest for starters. We don't attract the cream, the well educated in such vast numbers. Mass immigration brings unskilled workers and criminals. Mass immigration from a country means that that country has problems of its own. Mass immigration means there is a problem, full stop. Like everyone I have received the usual leaflets from all the parties. For decades they have been promising the same old stuff. Better healthcare, better schools, better policing etc. Still not getting it right and they never will. They don't really want change. Stop believing their lies, stop playing their game and vote Ukip. GreenBrown
  • Score: -3

3:10am Mon 19 May 14

Elliot Colburn says...

GreenBrown wrote:
"Well alright, but I doubt your vote for the local council is very well informed if you believe that a party that seeks to relegate to a minor role issues that are affecting local residents right now such as the incinerator, council tax and schools"

I doesn't matter what party runs the council. You've only got to read Private Eyes 'Rotten Boroughs' section to see that councils up and down the country are involved in one scandal or another. Lib, Lab and Con, they are all guilty of mismanagement. All these issues are part of a bigger picture. The Eu is into every part of our lives. It has slowly crept up on us and it must be stopped now. Everything is connected and every decision has consequences even if they are not obviously connected at first glance.

"...Brussels or Romanians (or is it Germans, I forget, one group's worse than the other according to Farage?)"

I knew what he meant as would anyone who wasn't brainwashed by political correctness. Germany, like the UK is an advanced, developed nation and Romania is not. Of course there are differences. There aren't gangs of English pickpockets on the streets of Bucharest for starters. We don't attract the cream, the well educated in such vast numbers. Mass immigration brings unskilled workers and criminals. Mass immigration from a country means that that country has problems of its own. Mass immigration means there is a problem, full stop.

Like everyone I have received the usual leaflets from all the parties. For decades they have been promising the same old stuff. Better healthcare, better schools, better policing etc. Still not getting it right and they never will. They don't really want change.

Stop believing their lies, stop playing their game and vote Ukip.
You really do nothing to abolish the stereotypical image of UKIP.

"It doesn't matter which party runs the Council". That suggests three things. You're content with the incumbents record in Council. You would be happy with any party that returns the most Councillors on 22nd May. UKIP, according to you, would not be any better.

"Sort out the big national problems and the local problems will be far easier to fix." You are basically stating that if the UK leaves the EU and we close our borders that everything in Sutton will sort itself out magically!

"Most people vote for the party they support, not for particular issues." UKIP has built its support base on 'particular issues'! The EU and Immigration! On the contrary, the days of huge tribal party loyalties are the days that have gone!

It may be UKIP policy to treat the public as unintelligent, but it may surprise you to know that people DO vote differently depending on the type of election. Indeed, this is very much the case in Sutton, with people voting for different parties in Westminster, the Council, the Greater London Authority, etc. In addition, most people also know what issues these particular bodies deal with, and vote on the incumbents records on these issues.

If you are voting on national messages in a local election, you may as well have not voted, as you have not made your voice heard on the incumbents record in Council. 'I'm not voting for this party because I disapprove of the incumbents record on local issues, and I believe this party will do a better job. I'm voting for this party because of what they say on issues that the body I'm trying to elect them to has no control over.'
[quote][p][bold]GreenBrown[/bold] wrote: "Well alright, but I doubt your vote for the local council is very well informed if you believe that a party that seeks to relegate to a minor role issues that are affecting local residents right now such as the incinerator, council tax and schools" I doesn't matter what party runs the council. You've only got to read Private Eyes 'Rotten Boroughs' section to see that councils up and down the country are involved in one scandal or another. Lib, Lab and Con, they are all guilty of mismanagement. All these issues are part of a bigger picture. The Eu is into every part of our lives. It has slowly crept up on us and it must be stopped now. Everything is connected and every decision has consequences even if they are not obviously connected at first glance. "...Brussels or Romanians (or is it Germans, I forget, one group's worse than the other according to Farage?)" I knew what he meant as would anyone who wasn't brainwashed by political correctness. Germany, like the UK is an advanced, developed nation and Romania is not. Of course there are differences. There aren't gangs of English pickpockets on the streets of Bucharest for starters. We don't attract the cream, the well educated in such vast numbers. Mass immigration brings unskilled workers and criminals. Mass immigration from a country means that that country has problems of its own. Mass immigration means there is a problem, full stop. Like everyone I have received the usual leaflets from all the parties. For decades they have been promising the same old stuff. Better healthcare, better schools, better policing etc. Still not getting it right and they never will. They don't really want change. Stop believing their lies, stop playing their game and vote Ukip.[/p][/quote]You really do nothing to abolish the stereotypical image of UKIP. "It doesn't matter which party runs the Council". That suggests three things. You're content with the incumbents record in Council. You would be happy with any party that returns the most Councillors on 22nd May. UKIP, according to you, would not be any better. "Sort out the big national problems and the local problems will be far easier to fix." You are basically stating that if the UK leaves the EU and we close our borders that everything in Sutton will sort itself out magically! "Most people vote for the party they support, not for particular issues." UKIP has built its support base on 'particular issues'! The EU and Immigration! On the contrary, the days of huge tribal party loyalties are the days that have gone! It may be UKIP policy to treat the public as unintelligent, but it may surprise you to know that people DO vote differently depending on the type of election. Indeed, this is very much the case in Sutton, with people voting for different parties in Westminster, the Council, the Greater London Authority, etc. In addition, most people also know what issues these particular bodies deal with, and vote on the incumbents records on these issues. If you are voting on national messages in a local election, you may as well have not voted, as you have not made your voice heard on the incumbents record in Council. 'I'm not voting for this party because I disapprove of the incumbents record on local issues, and I believe this party will do a better job. I'm voting for this party because of what they say on issues that the body I'm trying to elect them to has no control over.' Elliot Colburn
  • Score: 4

10:18am Mon 19 May 14

Mashy1983 says...

Oh look, “Chief Reporter” Mike Murphy-Pyle, gets basic facts wrong AGAIN. I make that three articles this month alone.
Oh look, “Chief Reporter” Mike Murphy-Pyle, gets basic facts wrong AGAIN. I make that three articles this month alone. Mashy1983
  • Score: 4

7:34pm Mon 19 May 14

David7 says...

Yes, vote UKIP!

(But remember to remove your brain first.)
Yes, vote UKIP! (But remember to remove your brain first.) David7
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Mon 19 May 14

GreenBrown says...

"You really do nothing to abolish the stereotypical image of UKIP"

I'm not interested in what you think Ukip is about. Ukip stands for normal. What we have now is not normal. Your brainwashed so you think Ukip isn't normal. Giving away sovereignty to an unaccountable, corrupt, anti-democratic body like the Eu is insane. The political elite and the media may have fooled you, but not me.

" UKIP, according to you, would not be any better. "

Up until May 29th UKip haven't run any councils. They are an unknown quantity. What I meant was Lib, Lab and Con are all as bad as each other so it doesn't matter who wins.

"It may be UKIP policy to treat the public as unintelligent,"

I don't think it's Ukip policy to treat the public as unintelligent. The people they are reaching out to are the only ones with any intelligence left. I personally think the public are largely unintelligent, at least since they started dumbing down our education system years ago. It's the British public's stupidity and apathy that has led us down this dark path. I just hope that there are still enough normal people left to vote in the next 2 elections. Give it another 5-6 years and it will be too late. That's why these elections are so important. Labours master plan will start to pay dividends up and down the country very soon. As all the immigrants they let in breed and spread across the country no other party will have a chance. Immigrants on the whole vote Labour and beyond that their own parties that they will surely start up in the future.

"If you are voting on national messages in a local election, you may as well have not voted"

I disagree. I think local issues are irrelevant at this time. The more votes Ukip get in any election the more power and air time and legitimacy they get in the eyes of the British public. Those people who will vote for Ukip on Thursday and there will be a lot of them up and down the country, have either started to see the effects of EU membership and want out or have been waiting for a credible party to vote for. The issues Ukip raise haven't just appeared, they've been around in the minds of many people for years. Ukip can now harness that anger and disillusionment and use it to change things.

What i don't understand is how anyone can think of voting for the usual 3 parties. All of them at some point in the recent past have lied, been irresponsible and made massive mistakes. Their track records are all awful yet you brainwashed simpletons keep voting for them. If nothing changes in this country over the next decade or so, barring revolution, the English, by the end of this century, will be a very small little tribe of people, being treated very badly, in a country they used to call their home. I'm voting Ukip.
"You really do nothing to abolish the stereotypical image of UKIP" I'm not interested in what you think Ukip is about. Ukip stands for normal. What we have now is not normal. Your brainwashed so you think Ukip isn't normal. Giving away sovereignty to an unaccountable, corrupt, anti-democratic body like the Eu is insane. The political elite and the media may have fooled you, but not me. " UKIP, according to you, would not be any better. " Up until May 29th UKip haven't run any councils. They are an unknown quantity. What I meant was Lib, Lab and Con are all as bad as each other so it doesn't matter who wins. "It may be UKIP policy to treat the public as unintelligent," I don't think it's Ukip policy to treat the public as unintelligent. The people they are reaching out to are the only ones with any intelligence left. I personally think the public are largely unintelligent, at least since they started dumbing down our education system years ago. It's the British public's stupidity and apathy that has led us down this dark path. I just hope that there are still enough normal people left to vote in the next 2 elections. Give it another 5-6 years and it will be too late. That's why these elections are so important. Labours master plan will start to pay dividends up and down the country very soon. As all the immigrants they let in breed and spread across the country no other party will have a chance. Immigrants on the whole vote Labour and beyond that their own parties that they will surely start up in the future. "If you are voting on national messages in a local election, you may as well have not voted" I disagree. I think local issues are irrelevant at this time. The more votes Ukip get in any election the more power and air time and legitimacy they get in the eyes of the British public. Those people who will vote for Ukip on Thursday and there will be a lot of them up and down the country, have either started to see the effects of EU membership and want out or have been waiting for a credible party to vote for. The issues Ukip raise haven't just appeared, they've been around in the minds of many people for years. Ukip can now harness that anger and disillusionment and use it to change things. What i don't understand is how anyone can think of voting for the usual 3 parties. All of them at some point in the recent past have lied, been irresponsible and made massive mistakes. Their track records are all awful yet you brainwashed simpletons keep voting for them. If nothing changes in this country over the next decade or so, barring revolution, the English, by the end of this century, will be a very small little tribe of people, being treated very badly, in a country they used to call their home. I'm voting Ukip. GreenBrown
  • Score: -6

9:51pm Mon 19 May 14

Surreydon says...

David7 wrote:
Yes, vote UKIP!

(But remember to remove your brain first.)
And just who are you voting for?
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Yes, vote UKIP! (But remember to remove your brain first.)[/p][/quote]And just who are you voting for? Surreydon
  • Score: -2

9:42am Tue 20 May 14

Dr Martin says...

Ukip are only being listened to whilst the other parties drag their heels over an EU referendum, once the we have our referendum, which ever way that vote goes UKIP will then gradually decline as a national party
Ukip are only being listened to whilst the other parties drag their heels over an EU referendum, once the we have our referendum, which ever way that vote goes UKIP will then gradually decline as a national party Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Wed 21 May 14

David7 says...

Surreydon wrote:
David7 wrote:
Yes, vote UKIP!

(But remember to remove your brain first.)
And just who are you voting for?
Clearly not UKIP. And it’s my business, not yours!
[quote][p][bold]Surreydon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Yes, vote UKIP! (But remember to remove your brain first.)[/p][/quote]And just who are you voting for?[/p][/quote]Clearly not UKIP. And it’s my business, not yours! David7
  • Score: 5

10:33pm Wed 21 May 14

Surreydon says...

David7 wrote:
Surreydon wrote:
David7 wrote:
Yes, vote UKIP!

(But remember to remove your brain first.)
And just who are you voting for?
Clearly not UKIP. And it’s my business, not yours!
But clearly you feel it's ok to make your snide remark.
I'll be voting UKIP and my brain is very firmly in place!
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Surreydon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Yes, vote UKIP! (But remember to remove your brain first.)[/p][/quote]And just who are you voting for?[/p][/quote]Clearly not UKIP. And it’s my business, not yours![/p][/quote]But clearly you feel it's ok to make your snide remark. I'll be voting UKIP and my brain is very firmly in place! Surreydon
  • Score: -3

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