Graham Tope was briefly MP for Sutton and Cheam 1972-74 and then for a long period leader of Sutton Council. He was also a member of the Greater London Authority and joined the House of Lords in 1994.


Cross-party group demand measures to prevent Covid-19 causing rise in modern slavery

A cross-party group led by the Liberal Democrats has set out a package of demands to protect workers from exploitation during the coronavirus crisis and prevent a rise in modern slavery. … Read the full post »

Media & PR

What Andrew Grice left out of his report for The Independent

Yesterday’s Indy carried a story by Andrew Grice about a “confidential” Lib Dem report from Annette Brooke MP attacking the government’s planning proposals. “Confidential” is an interesting (that’s polite speak) word to use. Because what is in the report? Well, it is actually a collection of views already expressed in public, in Parliament and recorded … Read the full post »


Graham Tope: a life in politics

To help mark the celebration of Sutton Liberal Democrats running the local council for 25 (yes, 25) continuous years, a family history project between former council leader (Lord) Graham Tope and his son has been turned into a book of political and personal reminiscences. … Read the full post »


Tamed and reshaped – Clegg on the NHS White Paper

Speaking last night at an excellent anniversary dinner to mark 25 years (yes, 25 years) of Liberal Democrat control on Sutton Council, Nick Clegg said the party has been successful in taming and reshaping the NHS reform plans. The run of political and electoral success achieved by Liberal Democrats in Sutton is, as Clegg pointed … Read the full post »