Following the election result, I am afraid to say that Wandsworth, and the country as a whole, have a bleak future.

Since the financial crisis in 2008-09, successive governments have imposed self-defeating austerity measures.

In effect, they have used it as an excuse to try to get rid of the welfare state. The NHS is in the later stages of being privatised, and locally, public services are disappearing fast.

The spending cuts are unjustified, but unfortunately, large numbers of the public are accepting them. The media are largely to blame for this.

Now that the new Government no longer have to work as a coalition, they will enforce further cuts (the majority of which are yet to come) with more aggression and confidence, yet at the same time allowing tens of billions of pounds to go uncollected in corporation tax.

Wandsworth Against Cuts will up our efforts and actions and in doing so will send out the message that the majority of the public oppose these policies, and we will not accept them.

Wandsworth Against Cuts