Sutton council election - key battlegrounds

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The key battlegrounds for this year's election will be areas where the Conservatives and Labour feel they can win seats from the Liberals - although minority parties could play a role.

Wards that are split between parties like Worcester Park, Cheam, Carshalton and Clockhouse and Nonsuch will be seen as up for the taking while Labour will be hoping to make some gains in areas like Beddington, where they have voiced strong opposition to the incinerator, and St Helier, where issues with Sutton Housing Partnership may push voters away from the Liberal Democrats.

One of the key areas the Conservatives say they hope to make gains is in Sutton South. It is split between Liberal Democrat Councillors Heather Honour and Richard Clifton and Conservative Tony Shields but in 2010's poll only just over 100 votes separated the three Liberal Democrats and the three Conservatives.

In Worcester Park just three votes got then-Liberal Democrat Stephen Fenwick in ahead of the Tory candidate.

Labour sees one of its best chances of securing a seat on the council in St Helier where one of its candidates beat Tory opposition in 2010.

"Although it was not enough to get one of the three seats, all now occupied by Liberal Democrats, housing issues in the area may play into Labour's hands. Former Liberal Democrat John Keys has changed from standing in his current ward of Beddington North to stand in St Helier for that reason.

Beddington North, the ward in which the council gave planning permission for an unpopular rubbish incinerator to be built, is another where Labour is hoping to win a seat and could be given a boost by former Liberal Democrat and Tory voters turning to the Green party in protest.

Data analyst and freelance writer Adrian Short, who runs the website www.suttonelections.org.uk, said: "Quite a lot of wards that are marginal.

"Labour will be stronger and UKIP will make a difference. They will take votes from someone - not necessarily the Tories, it could be from Labour or even the Lib Dems, but they will affect the vote in some wards.

"The Lib Dems look strong and I think they will maintain a majority but I think we will end up with a much more balanced council with more diversity and that will be good for Sutton."

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7:00am Tue 20 May 14

gbzgc says...

The Liberals have been in power since 1990 and despite their appalling record the lemmings of Sutton keep voting them in no matter what. In fact in 2010 they increased their number of seats even after factual proof of major incompetence, arrogance and naivety.
I always thought it should be a great honour to be chosen to run our wonderful borough by the electorate, and it should be based on performance, prudence, creativity and ideas for the future. The Liberals have neither earnt that honour or learnt from their many mistakes, so surely it is time someone else who has passion and new ideas is finally given a chance to make Sutton great again.
Please people of Sutton, stop being lemmings this year and whoever you vote for please make sure it is not the LibDems as they have clearly not earnt the right to continue in power. They have let Sutton down.
Maybe then in 4 years time they will come back to the table with a little more humility and understanding about the electorate than they currently possess.
The Liberals have been in power since 1990 and despite their appalling record the lemmings of Sutton keep voting them in no matter what. In fact in 2010 they increased their number of seats even after factual proof of major incompetence, arrogance and naivety. I always thought it should be a great honour to be chosen to run our wonderful borough by the electorate, and it should be based on performance, prudence, creativity and ideas for the future. The Liberals have neither earnt that honour or learnt from their many mistakes, so surely it is time someone else who has passion and new ideas is finally given a chance to make Sutton great again. Please people of Sutton, stop being lemmings this year and whoever you vote for please make sure it is not the LibDems as they have clearly not earnt the right to continue in power. They have let Sutton down. Maybe then in 4 years time they will come back to the table with a little more humility and understanding about the electorate than they currently possess. gbzgc
  • Score: 13

1:48pm Tue 20 May 14

LiberalsOut says...

gbzgc wrote:
The Liberals have been in power since 1990 and despite their appalling record the lemmings of Sutton keep voting them in no matter what. In fact in 2010 they increased their number of seats even after factual proof of major incompetence, arrogance and naivety.
I always thought it should be a great honour to be chosen to run our wonderful borough by the electorate, and it should be based on performance, prudence, creativity and ideas for the future. The Liberals have neither earnt that honour or learnt from their many mistakes, so surely it is time someone else who has passion and new ideas is finally given a chance to make Sutton great again.
Please people of Sutton, stop being lemmings this year and whoever you vote for please make sure it is not the LibDems as they have clearly not earnt the right to continue in power. They have let Sutton down.
Maybe then in 4 years time they will come back to the table with a little more humility and understanding about the electorate than they currently possess.
I could not have put it better myself - I thought it was 1986 when the Tories lost their majority?
Sutton is one of the last Lib Dem strongholds and they need to be removed from power everywhere
[quote][p][bold]gbzgc[/bold] wrote: The Liberals have been in power since 1990 and despite their appalling record the lemmings of Sutton keep voting them in no matter what. In fact in 2010 they increased their number of seats even after factual proof of major incompetence, arrogance and naivety. I always thought it should be a great honour to be chosen to run our wonderful borough by the electorate, and it should be based on performance, prudence, creativity and ideas for the future. The Liberals have neither earnt that honour or learnt from their many mistakes, so surely it is time someone else who has passion and new ideas is finally given a chance to make Sutton great again. Please people of Sutton, stop being lemmings this year and whoever you vote for please make sure it is not the LibDems as they have clearly not earnt the right to continue in power. They have let Sutton down. Maybe then in 4 years time they will come back to the table with a little more humility and understanding about the electorate than they currently possess.[/p][/quote]I could not have put it better myself - I thought it was 1986 when the Tories lost their majority? Sutton is one of the last Lib Dem strongholds and they need to be removed from power everywhere LiberalsOut
  • Score: 5

3:29pm Tue 20 May 14

DivineMrsMac says...

I live in Beddington South ward and only one of the current 3 Lib Dem Councillors is standing again for election - at least he lives in the borough. The two other first time Lib Dem candidates do not live in Sutton - one is from Croydon and the other is from SW9. I just want the best candidates to be elected, regardless of party, but the candidates should live in the borough they are representing. My postal vote therefore went to 3 candidates who do live in Sutton because they should be far more aware of the local issues that are important to residents. I will be very interested to see how the Council seats are ultimately filled.
I live in Beddington South ward and only one of the current 3 Lib Dem Councillors is standing again for election - at least he lives in the borough. The two other first time Lib Dem candidates do not live in Sutton - one is from Croydon and the other is from SW9. I just want the best candidates to be elected, regardless of party, but the candidates should live in the borough they are representing. My postal vote therefore went to 3 candidates who do live in Sutton because they should be far more aware of the local issues that are important to residents. I will be very interested to see how the Council seats are ultimately filled. DivineMrsMac
  • Score: 5

8:49pm Tue 20 May 14

Perkin Warbeck says...

The FibDems are apparently part of 'The Greenest Government Ever' yet vote to have an unwanted incinerator on land that was earmarked for the preservation of locally and nationally important red data and other species of wildlife. Land that is not only Metropolitan Greenbelt but a Metropolitan Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. I hope they get their come-uppance on Thursday and the wildlife is preserved for this and future generations to enjoy.
The FibDems are apparently part of 'The Greenest Government Ever' yet vote to have an unwanted incinerator on land that was earmarked for the preservation of locally and nationally important red data and other species of wildlife. Land that is not only Metropolitan Greenbelt but a Metropolitan Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. I hope they get their come-uppance on Thursday and the wildlife is preserved for this and future generations to enjoy. Perkin Warbeck
  • Score: 7

11:48am Wed 21 May 14

Forty_two says...

This article has failed to mention the Keep Our St Helier Hospital Party, even though the "Key battleground" of Cheam is a ward in which KOSHH Party have a candidate standing.

KOSHH Party have candidates standing as follows:

Sutton South, Sutton - Dr Tiz North, consultant radiologist at St Helier Hospital and former clinical director for diagnostic imaging for Epsom and St Helier.

Wallington South, Sutton - David Murray, IBM worker and school governor.

Sutton West, Sutton - Frances Cornford, Sutton resident

Cheam, Sutton - Dave Ash, Sutton resident
This article has failed to mention the Keep Our St Helier Hospital Party, even though the "Key battleground" of Cheam is a ward in which KOSHH Party have a candidate standing. KOSHH Party have candidates standing as follows: Sutton South, Sutton - Dr Tiz North, consultant radiologist at St Helier Hospital and former clinical director for diagnostic imaging for Epsom and St Helier. Wallington South, Sutton - David Murray, IBM worker and school governor. Sutton West, Sutton - Frances Cornford, Sutton resident Cheam, Sutton - Dave Ash, Sutton resident Forty_two
  • Score: 1

10:45am Thu 22 May 14

fargis says...

Great, vote for the Tories and see what a mess of the place they will make. Watch the hospital vanish, watch as everything is sold off, watch as your community services vanish over the horizon. It might keep your council tax down, but it will make Sutton a worse place to live.

LibDems could do much better, but I wouldn't trust the Tories with a bag of cotton wool.
Great, vote for the Tories and see what a mess of the place they will make. Watch the hospital vanish, watch as everything is sold off, watch as your community services vanish over the horizon. It might keep your council tax down, but it will make Sutton a worse place to live. LibDems could do much better, but I wouldn't trust the Tories with a bag of cotton wool. fargis
  • Score: 4

1:53pm Thu 22 May 14

SWTORY says...

Election rigging in Sutton? Went to vote this morning and was turned away despite having my polling card with. My name was not on the electoral role with the presiding officer. I was told I would have to go to the Civic Offices and speak to someone at the electoral role department. Complete misinformation. A computer error meant that wrong lists were distributed to polling stations and being slowly being rectified over the morning. How many other people have been turned away this morning and been given misinformation by the presiding officer? I am in Wandle Valley Ward. Can we truly say that this is a democratic process?
Election rigging in Sutton? Went to vote this morning and was turned away despite having my polling card with. My name was not on the electoral role with the presiding officer. I was told I would have to go to the Civic Offices and speak to someone at the electoral role department. Complete misinformation. A computer error meant that wrong lists were distributed to polling stations and being slowly being rectified over the morning. How many other people have been turned away this morning and been given misinformation by the presiding officer? I am in Wandle Valley Ward. Can we truly say that this is a democratic process? SWTORY
  • Score: -1

9:44pm Thu 22 May 14

Sandy46 says...

I also saw an angry man getting turned away due to not been on the list and he stood his ground, a few calls later and he was allowed to vote. I was also concerned at the European election ballot paper, the party at the very top deliberately looked like UKIP who was at the very bottom, would be UKIP voters may have been fooled into voting for the wrong party. Was this deliberate to lose a few votes? I am amazed this was allowed and feel uneasy that voting was rigged,
I also saw an angry man getting turned away due to not been on the list and he stood his ground, a few calls later and he was allowed to vote. I was also concerned at the European election ballot paper, the party at the very top deliberately looked like UKIP who was at the very bottom, would be UKIP voters may have been fooled into voting for the wrong party. Was this deliberate to lose a few votes? I am amazed this was allowed and feel uneasy that voting was rigged, Sandy46
  • Score: 0

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