Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Banner Welcome

--------------------------------------------------------------

Save St Heliers minus date ()

Hello and welcome to my website, which I hope you find both useful and informative.

Since 1997, I have been proud to be the MP for Sutton and Cheam, where I was born (in St Helier Hospital) and live with my family.

On this site you can keep up to date with my work in my constituency and in Parliament. You can also find information on how to contact me. If you are looking for my upcoming surgery dates please click here.

signature

What we achieved in government
(including Conservative policies we blocked)

Sign our latest petition:
Save St Helier Hospital's A&E department and maternity unit

Want to get involved with your local Lib Dems?
Let us know

--------------------------------------------------------------

Paul's Latest News

  • Paul addressing pupils at a Primary School
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Paul has been contacted by a number of parents seeking help and advice having not secured a primary school place for September. As a parent himself he knows how stressful it can be for the whole family and particularly for the children involved.

    Sutton Council have done excellent work in proving extra school places, which means that 84% of pupils have received their first preference school and 96% one of their preferences (figures in full at the bottom of the page). This puts Sutton in the top four in London. There are unfortunately always some people who don't get one of their preferred schools.

  • Paul Burstow holds a placard emblazoned with the figure 2,800, which represents the number of lives saved every week in the UK thanks to research. This is enough people to fill the seats in the House of Commons five times over.
    Article: Apr 1, 2014

    Local MP Paul Burstow is supporting Cancer Research UK's campaign to highlight the power of research. Improvements in cancer research means that 2,800 people will survive cancer every week.

    Commenting, Paul Burstow said:

    "It is truly remarkable to see what modern cancer research can achieve, and it's really inspiring to hear that so many lives are saved by that research each week. That figure of 2,800 comes down to 400 lives saved every day. That's why I'm backing Cancer research UK's campaign to make every moment count in the fight against cancer, and I'm encouraging everyone to join me."

  • Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Paul Burstow MP and the Liberal Democrats succeeded this week in their fight to deliver an £800 tax cut for ordinary people. The Lib Dems had already secured their manifesto promise of a £700 tax cut, with the extra £100 doing even more to help people with their cost of living.

    Cutting the tax by £700 by raising the Income Tax allowance to £10,000 was one of the Liberal Democrats' top promises at the last election. That £700 tax cut comes into effect next month, and this week's Budget confirmed that Paul Burstow and the Lib Dems have been able to go even further. The tax-free allowance will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 to 25 million working people.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2014

    Paul Burstow MP is calling for more local businesses to take on an apprentice, after new research revealed the extent of the benefits involved.

    Every time a local company hires an apprentice, their bottom line gets an average boost of £2,621. This happens immediately, while the apprentice is being trained, and represents the benefit after typical wage and training costs for London are deducted.

    Last year, 560 people started an apprenticeship in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. This means that new apprentices alone provided a local boost of around £1,468,000 in 2012/13.

    The number of apprentices has been increasing rapidly. Despite this, surveys show that 60% of small businesses are missing out because they don't know enough about how apprenticeships work.

    The new research was commissioned by AAT, which has pioneered apprenticeships in accounting. Non-traditional areas like accounting now make up the majority of apprenticeships, demonstrating the huge expansion in the range and types available.

    Commenting, Paul Burstow MP said:

    "If they don't have one already, every local business in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park should consider employing an apprentice.

    "By giving young people a chance, they will also be boosting their bottom line. The benefit here of £1.5m has made a real difference to the local economy, and that's just from apprentices who began last year.

    "Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the Coalition Government has boosted support for apprenticeships, and apprenticeship numbers have doubled as a result. It's great news for each local apprentice, great for our businesses and great for growth."

    The Chief Executive of AAT, Jane Scott Paul, welcomed the news:

    "I am delighted that Paul Burstow MP is encouraging more companies to employ an apprentice. Far from being a cost, apprentices bring benefits straight away.

    "It's really important that employers know there are apprenticeships for all shapes and sizes, including those in non-traditional sectors like accounting and law. That's how apprentices boosted UK firms by £1.8 billion last year."

  • Petition: Mar 14, 2014
  • (Paul Burstow working hard for local schools)
    Article: Mar 14, 2014

    Local MP Paul Burstow has welcomed the news that Sutton pupils will receive an extra £277 a year towards their education starting in 2015/16. The announcement by Liberal Democrat schools minister, David Laws, who visited Sutton last week, will see Sutton schools receive an extra £7.9 mn. This is a 6.4% increase in funding.

    The announcement today marks the start of a consultation on fair school funding, and the final figures will be confirmed later this year.

    Commenting, Paul Burstow MP said, "This is great news for Sutton children and Sutton schools. For over forty years, our schools have been short changed because school funding has been based on historic spending patterns. Yesterday's announcement finally lays to rest the legacy of funding decisions made by councillors when the borough was run by the Conservatives in the 70s and 80s.

    "I am urging schools, and everyone in the borough with an interest in our children's schooling, to respond to the Government's consultation on fair funding. We need to make sure this big win for Sutton turns into hard cash next year."

  • Paul backing plain packaging
    Article: Mar 12, 2014

    Paul Burstow MP's campaign for standardised cigarette packaging has taken a big step forward following a decisive vote in the House of Commons and a campaign by a cross-party group of MPs he chairs.

    The Children and Families Bill currently going through Parliament had not included any measures to address children starting to smoke. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health chaired by Paul Burstow successfully introduced measures to the Bill, including standardised packaging to reduce the number of children taking up cigarettes.

  • Paul Burstow MP at the St Nicholas Centre Post Office
    Article: Mar 12, 2014

    Paul Burstow MP took the campaign to save the St Nicholas Centre Post Office to Parliament earlier this month. There he led a debate to raise concerns over Post Office bosses' threatened closure of the St Nicholas Centre post office on Sutton High Street.

    Local residents have been fighting to keep the busy St Nicholas Centre Crown Post Office open since the Post Office announced plans to close it last autumn. Elderly and disabled residents are especially concerned about the long uphill walk to the next-closest post office on Grove Road. High Street business owners who rely on St Nicholas Centre's convenient location are also worried that they will lose easy access to the postal services they require.

  • Paul Burstow MP speaks to sixth formers about apprenticeships
    Article: Mar 12, 2014

    Local MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow championed apprenticeship programs earlier this month at an event for sixth formers at Carshalton Sports College for Boys.

    The MPs promoted apprenticeships as an alternative to university, and a great way for young people to earn while they learn.

    Mr. Brake and Mr. Burstow stressed that apprenticeship programs are not just good for young people, but good for the entire community, helping lower youth unemployment and providing skilled new workers for local businesses.

  • Petition: Jan 13, 2014