The Sutton Conservatives have selected their candidate for the Carshalton and Wallington parliamentary seat ahead of the next general election.

Cheam councillor Elliot Colburn, who was first voted in to Sutton Council last May, is set to challenge Liberal Democrat Tom Brake in 2022.

Mr Brake has been Carshalton and Wallington’s MP for more than 20 years, but if Cllr Colburn wins the seat then he would become the first Tory to secure it since the late Nigel Forman in 1992.

Cllr Colburn said: "I am delighted to have been selected as the Conservative candidate for Carshalton and Wallington. 

"This is my home, where I was born, went to school and worked my whole life. I care passionately about our area and improving things for all of our residents.

"As an NHS worker, delivering the planned improvements at St Helier Hospital and providing a new facility is my top priority. I know from speaking to residents that they are also concerned about protecting our parks and the local environment, improving public transport in the area, delivering enough good school places for our children and holding the Lib Dem-run Council to account over issues like bins, parking and the incinerator.

"I hope to be a strong, local voice for residents on these issues.

"It is an honour to have the opportunity to represent my hometown in this way, and I look forward to getting out there and listening to people's views and concerns."

Cllr Colburn also sits on the council’s people and scrutiny committees, and is also a substitute on the strategy and resources committee.