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Crawley News 24 now accepts opinion pieces from our readers for publication.

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The letters pages of papers have always been a great way for people to express their views and now we are opening this up to everyone who reads our news.

If there is something you would like to talk about, a view you would like to give or just an opinion you feel others would like to read then now you can send it in to us for publication on our Opinion page.

We will endeavour to post every letter we received as long as the following is met:

Opinion pieces must be emailed to: info@crawleynews24.co.uk

Must be accompanied by your full name and address. No anonymous letters will be published. If there is a genuine reason not to publish the name of the author then this may be accepted on request of the sender and with agreement of the editor.

Crawley News 24 reserves the right to edit any opinion pieces it receives for any reason.

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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.

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