Friday, 2 May 2014

Labouring The Point

The local and European elections are now less than three weeks away and there is much happening. In the local Labour camp, things are happening:

The Sutton and Cheam Labour party have organised an open meeting for members of the public to hear from Labour's local election candidates and a London European Parliamentary candidate.

Lucy Anderson, one of Labour’s European Parliamentary candidates in the forthcoming elections, will be setting out her views on Europe and Labour’s European Policy, which will then be followed by a question and answer session. Following on from that, a selection of Labour candidates for the Sutton local elections will introduce themselves and talk about the local Labour Party Manifesto. There will be a question and answer session after that too.

Andy Cook, a Labour candidate in Sutton West Ward, said:
“This May’s local election is very important as, at a local level, we need to have more balance in the elected politicians to Sutton Council so as to include councillors who represent Sutton’s increasing groups of low income households, those struggling to find jobs and housing and those struggling to make ends meet.”
The meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th May, at 6:00pm, at the St Nicholas Community Hall, 34 Robin Hood Lane, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 2RG. Just turn up - there's no need to pre-book.

Thoughts on the political climate for Labour in Sutton

It could be a very interesting election for Labour in Sutton. Other than Councillor John Keys who defected to Labour from the Lib Dems in protest at the Incinerator in Beddington, Labour have been without councillors in Sutton from 2006. However the political situation has changed a great deal since the last council election in 2010. Labour's popularity has more than doubled in that time while the Lib Dems' has more than halved.

Recent local results bare this out. At the Mayoral and London Assembly election in May 2012 Labour finished ahead of the Lib Dems in Sutton and also Worcester Park specifically (in all three elections - not just the Boris vs Ken one). And more recently in last year's Kingston by-election (Beverley ward) which had been a safe Lib Dem seat and one where they told everyone that 'Labour can't win here', Labour almost beat the Lib Dems into third place. More worrying for the Lib Dems is that even more recently (last week in fact) they polled only 9 votes in a by-election - that's one less than the number of nominations required to stand in the first place.

So my advice (as a Conservative candidate) would be to remember what happened to the economy under Labour and make sure you go out and vote Conservative if you don't want an unexpected surprise in Sutton.