Children to get say in parliamentary debate

Your Local Guardian: Embargoed to 0001 Thursday July 11File photo dated 17/5/2009 of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London as MPs are braced for a major public backlash today when a deal that would see their pay soar by almost £10,000 is unveiled. PRES

5:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Youngsters can influence a House of Commons debate by voting on the issues that are most important to them.

Theatres under threat as Sutton Council consider huge culture cuts

Your Local Guardian:

7:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

The cultural heart of the borough looks set to be torn out after the council published plans to close its two theatres and Wallington Hall and offer them up to developers.

Peaceful protest as £85,000 library fight continues

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Churchgoers have transformed themselves into peaceful protestors in their ongoing battle to turn a disused library into a community centre.

Merton's growing litter problem - is your council coping?

Your Local Guardian:

10:01am Thursday 17th July 2014

Fines, GPS tracking and more staff are being deployed in a bid to tackle a growing problem of litter on Merton's streets, as it emerged that more than 700 instances of fly tipping were reported in April and May this year.

Electoral registration system to change for first time in 100 years

Your Local Guardian:

6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Thousands of households will receive letters this summer with details about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.

New boss steps in to steer Kingston Council leader's PR firm

Your Local Guardian:

5:20pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

An ex-council leader of Kensington and Chelsea has been announced as the new executive chairman of Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis' PR firm.

Philip Hammond confirmed as Foreign Secretary

Your Local Guardian:

9:36am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, has been appointed Foreign Secretary as part of the cabinet reshuffle.

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond loses transport minister job in Government reshuffle

Your Local Guardian:

9:27am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond was sacked from his job as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport in a dramatic cabinet reshuffle last night.

Former environment minister slams Sutton Council's 'complacency'

Your Local Guardian:

4:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

A former environment minister has branded the council complacent in its attitude to climate change.

MP asks Health Secretary to keep Headley Court as medical centre

Your Local Guardian: Headley Court is the UK's leading rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women

10:47am Monday 14th July 2014

Headley Court’s MP is writing to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ask for it to remain as a centre for medical rehabilitation after it is replaced by a £300m military complex in the Midlands in 2018.

Shops say no to high strength booze in binge drinking crackdown

Your Local Guardian:

2:29pm Friday 11th July 2014

Off licences in Croydon town centre are backing the bid to beat binge drinking by taking high strength beer and cider off their shelves.

Fraudster ex-councillor saga 'shows need for voter recall powers'

Your Local Guardian: Guilty plea: Tim Dennen, 57, from Kingston

6:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Politicians in Kingston have called for a Parliamentary-style Recall Bill for councillors, following a former elected member's sentencing for benefit fraud.

Heritage archives and artefacts to move to Guidhall in 11th hour u-turn

Your Local Guardian: Vintage Kingston: December 7 1963: French exchange teachers ejected for shoplifting

5:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Plans to move the borough’s archives and artefacts to a pupil referral unit for excluded schoolchildren have been thwarted at the 11th hour.

Croydon public sector workers join nationwide walkout over pay

Your Local Guardian:

2:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Public sector workers from across Croydon have joined with more than a million others nationwide on strike today in the biggest walkout for decades.

Court of Appeal sides with council over new Putney Common road

Your Local Guardian:

2:25pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A community group has lost a major battle in its fight against an access road running through Putney Common to the former Putney Hospital.

Striking for 'fair pay' - public sector workers are on picket line in Morden

Your Local Guardian:

12:20pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Council workers and teaching assistants are on the picket line outside council offices today striking for 'fair pay'.

Front-line cuts are coming, warns Sutton Council leader

Your Local Guardian:

12:26pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Cuts to front-line services are coming, the council has warned, but you will be given the chance to shape how the changes are made.

Strike action to affect schools and council services in Sutton

Your Local Guardian:

9:34am Thursday 10th July 2014

Schools are closed today and council services have been interrupted as workers take part in national strike action.

New Croydon Council cabinet to go on tour and create 'people's town hall'

Your Local Guardian: Croydon Council will make the decision next week

10:44am Thursday 10th July 2014

Council cabinet meetings are to be streamed online and will be held at community centres across Croydon as part of plans to create a "people's town hall".

Council boss gets £15k bonus amidst cuts

Your Local Guardian: Paul Martin, Wandsworth's chief exec

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

The council’s chief executive, who has overseen millions of pounds worth of cuts, will rake in a £15,000 bonus this year.

Council houses to be built in Sutton for first time since 1980s

Your Local Guardian: webpix homes property

11:29am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Council houses are to be built in Sutton for the first time since 1989 after the council agreed a pioneering new strategy.

Staff at Croydon leisure centres to strike on Thursday

Your Local Guardian: Unite union has called off the strike which would have affected Waddon leisure centre among others

11:21am Monday 7th July 2014

Nearly 50 staff are to strike at Croydon's leisure centres on Thursday over pay.

MP faced dog attacks on campaign trail

Your Local Guardian:

12:36pm Monday 7th July 2014

One of the borough's MPs has revealed how he has faced dog attacks while out campaigning.

Controversial £100,000 road closure scheme in Tooting scrapped by council

Your Local Guardian: Fishponds Road in Tooting

10:57am Monday 7th July 2014

A controversial £100,000 pilot scheme aimed at ameliorating Tooting’s chaotic traffic has been ditched.

Cash no longer accepted on London buses

Your Local Guardian: Estate residents want the K2 and K3 bus routes to ake them to Kingston town centre bus station

8:21am Monday 7th July 2014

London's buses are no longer accepting cash as part of a raft of reforms.

Croydon Council to spend £200,000 on fairness commission

Your Local Guardian:

5:30am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Croydon Council is spending £200,000 on setting up a commission to try and improve the quality of life for residents.

How green is it really? 'sustainable suburb' in Hackbridge doubted by campaigners

Your Local Guardian:

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A development heralded by the council as "the UK's most sustainable suburb" may not be as green as it seems, environmentalists have warned.

Zac Goldsmith MP could lose driving licence after speeding

Your Local Guardian:

12:22pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Zac Goldsmith faces being disqualified from driving after pleading guilty to three speeding offences.

Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant adds support to Lambeth College strikers

Your Local Guardian:

12:26pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Neil Tennant sent the union a picture of him holding up a poster that said ‘Lambeth UCU: Your fight is our fight.’

Speakers Corner gives shoppers chance to speak out

Your Local Guardian:

10:26am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

If you have something to get off your chest but cannot be bothered to travel to Hyde Park then you are in luck as Croydon now has its own speakers’ corner.

Concerns raised over "serious rift" between Sutton Council and GPs

Your Local Guardian: Blind Labour candidate Emily Brothers to take on Coalition Paul 'double act'

7:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A politician has expressed concern about a "serious rift" between the borough's doctors and its Liberal Democrat councillors.

MP has defended his 'train to Manchester' comments about affordable housing in London

Your Local Guardian:

5:48pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A Croydon MP who said anyone who cannot buy a house in Croydon should ‘get on the trains and up to Manchester’ has defended his comments.

Sutton gets £300,000 pot hole repair boost

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1:41pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

The borough's roads should soon be smoother thanks to a cash injection to fill in pot holes.

Campaigners hail Worcester Park bus victory

Your Local Guardian: Bus stop sign/road markings

11:26am Thursday 19th June 2014

Campaigners have hailed a victory after successfully reinstating a popular bus service in Worcester Park.

Heathrow Won't Listen: Anti-third runway campaigners choose top film

Your Local Guardian: People voting for the winning film at Richmond Theatre

8:38am Thursday 19th June 2014

David Cameron and other party leaders are about to get an influx of anti Heathrow expansion movies thrust under their noses after a contest on the issue saw a filmmaking team win £10,000.

Battersea MP visits kids campaigning for children in developing world

Your Local Guardian: Jane Ellison at Chesterton Primary School

1:10pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

The MP for Battersea paid a visit to primary school pupils to hear all about their campaign to get children in the developing world to school.

Merton Council's new cabinet revealed after Labour election win

Your Local Guardian: Caroline Cooper-Marbiah for Labour

9:55am Wednesday 18th June 2014

Councillor Stephen Alambritis will remain leader and will work with eight cabinet members on local issues.

High Court grants permission for judicial review of South London incinerator plans

Your Local Guardian: An artists impression of the incinerator by night

2:00pm Monday 16th June 2014

A High Court judge has granted permission for a judicial review of plans to build a waste incinerator in Beddington. 

Nick Clegg backs Sutton Council leader's call for more powers

Your Local Guardian: Question Time: Mr Clegg on the panel with Tom Brake and David Laws

1:40pm Monday 16th June 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has publicly backed Sutton Council leader’s call for local authorities to be given increased powers.

Former councillor Tim Dennen admits £3.6k benefit fraud

Your Local Guardian: Guilty plea: Tim Dennen, 57, from Kingston

11:37am Friday 13th June 2014

A former Kingston councillor has admitted to fraudulently claiming £3,600 in council tax benefits from the authority he served as an elected member.

Nick Clegg reveals albatross admiration at Carshalton School for Girls

Your Local Guardian: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg fields questions from the girls

5:00am Friday 13th June 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg traded the commons for the classroom when he faced a panel of students from Carshalton School for Girls.

Sutton is greatest borough in London, says new mayor

Your Local Guardian: Coun Hookway

3:00am Friday 13th June 2014

The new mayor has described Sutton as the greatest borough in London and has pledged to celebrate community spirit in his time in office.

Firefighters on strike again today over pensions

Your Local Guardian: Firefighters at Wycombe fire station during the last round of strikes in May

9:19am Thursday 12th June 2014

A 24-hour strike, which the Fire Brigades Union said is the longest in the three-year campaign, began at 9am today with another set for 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 21.

MP Tom Brake backs campaign to protect Brazilian protestors

Your Local Guardian:

5:00am Thursday 12th June 2014

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is backing a campaign to protect the rights of Brazilian protestors.

Wandsworth Council will 'stand-up' for huge population of young professionals

Your Local Guardian: Council leader Ravi Govindia

12:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

The council's leader has set out his plans for the next four years which include 'standing up' for the huge population of young professionals renting in Wandsworth.

'Strong woman who batters police': Surrey police boss claims Home Secretary undermines morale for leadership aims

Your Local Guardian:

8:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Exclusive: Surrey's police and crime commissioner has accused the Home Secretary’s of deliberately damaging police morale to further her political ambitions.

MP Burstow launches care home initiative

Your Local Guardian: SUTT: Paul Burstow becomes a member of the Privy Council

4:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow has launched a scheme aimed at reconnecting people who live in care homes with their communities.

Bus stop changes spark Twitter fury

Your Local Guardian: King Street, Twickenham

3:20am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Angry commuters vented their frustrations on Twitter this week following the controversial repositioning of bus stops in Twickenham town centre.

Doctors rally to support health boss after council leader calls for him to resign

Your Local Guardian: Dr Howard Freeman - Chair of the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group

4:30pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

Councillor Stephen Alambritis stands by calls for Dr Freeman to quit after outpouring of support.

Wandsworth chief exec questioned by MPs over 'extravagant' salary

Your Local Guardian: Paul Martin, Wandsworth's chief exec

8:30am Tuesday 10th June 2014

The chief executive of Wandsworth Council has been quizzed by MPs over his ‘extravagant’ pay packet.



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