Our area is considered to be a great place to live, with plenty of open spaces, good transport links, well-performing schools and a good quality of life. It is, but can't things always be improved with a little vision and hard work?
Our area is a place where complacency could cost us dearly.
Tom Brake and the local Liberal Democrats have traded for many years on the idea that Carshalton and Wallington is as good as it can be, and that only by voting for them can we preserve the status quo. As they wield the axe on our local services, pleading 'Government cuts' they are attempting to distance themselves from the very decisions their party has made in power.
So they say we are as good as we can be- well, we know that is just not true.
With an MP that looks outwards our community can be so much more vibrant and enthused. We need an MP that spends their time listening to local people and getting off their rear end to act and get things done. What we have is an MP who spends his time saying one thing locally and acting an entirely contradictory manner in Parliament.
Tom Brake has voiced noisy support for St Helier Hospital in one breath, only to go to the Commons and vote for legislation that could see it closed in just 40 days with the next. He has voted for the unfair bedroom tax on numerous occasions whilst appearing sympathetic to those hit by it on his doorstep. Tom tells us one thing, then does the opposite when with his Tory friends in the Commons. It's about time he was held to account.
Tom has made a long political career out of harvesting email addresses via endless petitions that never seem to be delivered, and telling us we couldn't possibly have things any better.
Labour's Siobhan Tate knows we can have more. As someone who has worked in our NHS and education systems Siobhan knows the issues that lie within both. As someone who has helped set up a small business, she understands the challenges faced by business people. As a parent, she knows very well the hard work of balancing home and work lives.
Siobhan is not a career politician- she only became politically active a few years ago after being inspired by a local campaigner. She didn't leave University to join the fast track to Westminster.
What really sets Siobhan apart though is her clarity of vision for our community- and the fact that she knows that none of it can be achieved without your support. So that's why we need you.
We need you to join us as we work to deliver thousands of leaflets to homes across the constituency.
We need you to help us contact residents by phone to hear their concerns and get them to see Siobhan as the person who can prevent another five years of Tom Brake holding us back.
We need you to speak to friends, family and neighbours and let them know that as the other parties put up the usual middle-aged men in suits, Labour is offering a true alternative.
Mostly, we need you to vote. Make sure you are registered (you can do it online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote) as the rules have changed and you may find yourself without a voice come election day on 7th May.
Don't believe Tom Brake's literature that is desperate for you to believe that Labour can't win, and only by backing him can you keep the Tories out. He couldn't move fast enough to become a willing and enthusiastic member of the Tory-led Coalition, and to support Tory policies like the privatisation of our NHS and trebling of University tuition fees.
It is true that our local Labour Party has suffered setbacks in recent years, but we have the will to fight and to win, and we will never accept that local people are daft enough to simply believe what Tom Brake tells them- especially now we have five years in Government to judge him on.
By backing Siobhan, you will be part of a major movement for change and progress in our communities. Siobhan will be an MP who spends more time with local people, more energy helping with everyday worries, and more effort helping to make our community a place to be truly proud of.
Our area is considered to be a great place to live, with plenty of open spaces, good transport links, well-performing schools and a good quality of life. It is, but...