Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Bucking the Trend

I am pleased to say that here in Sutton we defied the national picture of disappointing election results for Liberal Democrats and re elected both our MPs and returned the council with an increased Lib Dem majority.

Tom Brake significantly increased his majority in Carshalton & Wallington, and whilst Paul Burstow’s was reduced, he still managed to hold fast against the Cameron-favoured Phillippa Stroud & Ashcroft money invested in the Tory campaign to win Sutton & Cheam.

The count for the council election was a complete shock. Based on the national picture we went in expecting to lose some councillors and would have counted ourselves lucky to hold on to our majority. In reality it was a landslide for us, wiping out half the Conservative councillors including their leader Paul Scully. The Lib Dem group were as shell-shocked as the Conservatives and I must apologise to Paul Scully for missing the opportunity to say a few words of commiseration due to being completed fazed by what was happening.

But thanks to the residents of Wallington South who voted for me and the Lib Dem team I will continue to be your councillor for another four year term. As ever I will do my very best to speak up on behalf of residents and work hard to keep Wallington a good place to live and work.


May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Information, Liberal Democrats


  1. Congratulations on your re-election.

    Given that this was the kind of landslide that saw the Lib Dems get 48% of the votes across the borough and 80% of the council seats, would you favour a form of proportional representation for council elections? If so, which one?

    Comment by Adrian Short | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Of course I support proportional representation in council elections as well as in parliamentary ones. Yes that may have resulted in a less spectacular result for us here, but STV is a fairer system and that is more important.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. Jayne

    Thanks for your kind words in your post above. It was an unexpected result for everyone as you say. I always thought there were several different results likely but that wasn’t one of them.

    Congratulations on getting re-elected and, as a resident, I wish you all the best for the next few years.

    Comment by Paul Scully | May 29, 2010 | Reply

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