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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 joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.



The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here:

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