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Labour ‘just’ manages to hold onto control of Crawley

Just over a dozen votes was the deciding factor in one of the key wards that could have changed the councils leadership.



With the tiniest of margins Labour has managed to keep control of Crawley Borough Council.

In an election where only one third of registered voters took part there were anxious faces across the parties in what could have been a big upset for Labour.

The two wards that the Conservatives hoped would change overall control were Ifield and Southgate but whilst Labour managed to hold onto the council the results show a definite change in voting away from Labour.

In Southgate Labour won by only 13 votes showing a surge in voting for the Conservatives whilst in Ifield only 9 votes gave Labour the victory.

The full results can be viewed here.

But it was also close for the Conservatives in Furnace Green where they won by only 34.

Northgate, which has historically had a large Labour lead, had its majority slashed to only 99 votes and West Green was won by Labour with only a majority of 63.

Whilst Labour will be rejoicing over their continued control of the council there have already been whispers amongst the Tories that these results are a sign of changes ahead.

Before the election even began there was turmoil amongst all parties with concern that the national issues of their relevant parties could make a huge impact on voters decisions.

More news: “We are hugely grateful to the people of Crawley” – Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council

For now though the East/West divide on Crawley’s political map remains unchanged but it’s clear a lot still has to be done to gain voter confidence for either party across the town.

There are also questions being asked already about the very low 33% voter turn out and how that can be turned around.

If one thing has come out of this election it’s that politics can and IS exciting and everyone needs to keep a watchful eye over the next 12 months as anything could happen!

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  1. Margaret Mathews

    4th May 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Well, I am stunned, obviously glad that Labour held on to control of Crawley, but what a shockingly awful turn out of people. What is wrong, is everyone apathetic,
    NOW, more than ever before is it time to make voting COMPULSORY.

    • Theresa Barnes

      5th May 2018 at 11:34 am

      Totally agree

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Crawley teen girl one of four arrested during police drugs operation

A man and three teenagers were arrested during a drugs operation at The Level in Brighton over two days.



A 15-year-old Hove boy and a 16-year-old girl from Crawley were arrested by police officers on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and burglary with intent to steal and a 16-year-old girl from Brighton, was detained on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal on Thursday (16 August). They were questioned and released under investigation.

On Friday (17 August) a 23-year-old Brighton man was arrested after he ran from police officers through the children’s play area at The Level. He was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a large quantity of the drug worth several hundreds of pounds was seized (pictured) along with cash and other drugs paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin. He has also been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said:

“Our prevention officers, who play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues, have been targeting suspected drug dealers at The Level using high visibility patrols, covert patrols and our passive drugs dog. We are also trying to identify drug users to direct them to agencies who can support them.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is going on or has any information about it please contact us.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.
For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

* Prevention teams play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues and where possible prevent them happening in the first place. The recent council tax increase will be used to strengthen these local teams.

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