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Crawley’s LEAVE voters could inadvertently end up voting to STAY in this general election

With the new Brexit party now an addition to the ballot paper, those who voted to ‘LEAVE’ the EU may end up handing the election to a REMAIN party.

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It had a 73.2% turnout when Crawley went to vote on whether the UK should leave or remain in the EU, and with 58.4% of the vote the town decided they wanted Brexit.

To put some context with actual numbers, 31,447 voted to leave while 22,388 voted to stay.

The country has had three years of misery as Parliament has been unable to follow through with what was voted for – but hey, let’s not get bogged down in what we already all know.

Now comes a general election and one that hopefully may sort out this sorry mess.

But will it?

Let’s assume that peoples voting decision has largely remained unchanged, then Crawley is still a leave town, but will it be after this election?

With the addition of the Brexit party now an option for voters here, its enticing image and rhetoric could be something a leave voter is won over by and if this is the case then there could be a shock for the town.

The chances are that Brexit party voters are likely to come from the right, namely normally Conservative voters, which could dilute a leave parties numbers.

At the last General Election in 2017 the Conservatives won by a majority of only 2,457 which means it does not take many people voting differently to change things abruptly.

Whilst physical numbers for the town may state that the residents want to leave, their voting may end up saying the opposite as they split their votes amongst parties allowing a remain party to win.

Of course the opposite is also possible. You only have to look at the huge change in numbers that allowed the Conservatives to retain both seats in the recent by-election in Tilgate to see a hint of that.

But with messages still unclear from all parties of what they are offering it is this confusion that could be a leave voters undoing.

Whilst every party is promising the world in order to attract your vote, (NHS protection, Rail made public again etc) they need to remember that this election was only ever going to be about one thing…Brexit.

Henry Smith

Henry Smith: ‘The choice is clear this General Election’

In his article this week Henry Smith puts forward his case of why Crawley should vote for him.

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Whilst I’ve been out and about across Crawley in recent weeks, much has been said in the national press about the General Election campaign currently taking place.

Perhaps the most striking was the news that two former Labour MPs are not only opposing Jeremy Corbyn, but are instead backing Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister.

This somewhat reflects a number of conversations I’ve been having on the doorstep with former Labour voters in Crawley. Hard-working and patriotic people who know that their values are not represented by Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott.

This is best represented on Brexit. We had a referendum three and a half years ago and the people of Crawley and our country voted to Leave. I led the Leave campaign in Crawley in 2016 and have continued to vote and voice in the House of Commons to ensure our EU exit.

On day one of the new parliament after the election, Boris Johnson has confirmed the House of Commons will start work to ensure Brexit finally takes place within weeks, almost before the Christmas turkey has gone cold!

In contrast, Labour’s offer is more dither, more delay and more division, without actually knowing what to do.

As part of a majority Conservative Government I will carry out Crawley’s vote to leave the EU without further delay; ensuring we take back control of our laws, borders and trade, whilst building on new opportunities across the world. This is not just about the UK’s independent sovereign future but respect for our democracy.

The choice is clear on 12th December. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to get Brexit done and invest responsibly in our public services. A vote for any other candidate lets in Labour and their reckless plans, risking skyrocketing spending and higher taxes for hard-working Crawley families.

Only the Conservatives can get Brexit done and get on with our project of sensible moderate, but tax-cutting, one nation conservatism, spreading opportunity and hope across the whole UK.

Let us unleash the potential of this country and take Great Britain forward.

Henry Smith
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley

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