The Coalition’s dismissal of the cost of living crisis demonstrates how out of touch it is with the reality facing people in Sutton. The government can’t deal with the long-term challenges we face because it’s committed to a race to the bottom - grounded in low pay, low skills, low prospects and low productivity. The way to make a real difference in people’s lives is to make sure the economy works for working people. That begins by creating decent, secure, well-paid jobs, so we can all benefit from the recovery. Economic prosperity with Labour will enable better delivery of integrated services, foster environmentally-friendly communities and secure a fairer Sutton.

The Tory-led government, supported by Liberal Democrat MPs Burstow and Brake, has imposed austerity, instead of promoting growth. They have failed to regulate key markets such as energy and so created food bank poverty. Labour will reverse this trend by working strategically to achieve fundamental change, facilitating economic investment and raising standards.

Lib Dem backing for the Tory-led Coalition nationally is reciprocated locally by the Tories working in alliance with the Lib Dem administration. This has included support for service-cutting budgets that have a serious impact on the daily lives of hard working families, older, and disabled people.

It is no wonder that local people tell us that the established parties are the same. Lib Dems may have been in office since 1986, but their incompetent use of power has lacked strategic direction, proven to be ineffectual in delivering service improvement and they’ve fractured our communities.

Local Tories have encouraged service cuts in the name of austerity. They have failed to challenge Lib Dem inaction to develop local schools for local children and allowed the dismantling of Sutton’s reputation as a green borough.

The mix of incompetence and impotence has resulted in a toxic alliance.