UK results: Conservatives win majority

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Party Conservative Labour Scottish National Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Party Others
Seats 365 203 48 11 8 15
Change +47 -59 +13 -1 -2 +2

Crawley

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Henry Smith
    • Votes: 27,040
    • Vote share %: 54.2
    • Vote share change: +3.6
  2. Labour
    Peter Lamb
    • Votes: 18,680
    • Vote share %: 37.4
    • Vote share change: -8.3
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Khalil Yousuf
    • Votes: 2,728
    • Vote share %: 5.5
    • Vote share change: +1.7
  4. Green
    Iain Dickson
    • Votes: 1,451
    • Vote share %: 2.9
    • Vote share change: +2.9

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 8,360
  • Registered voters: 74,207
  • % share:
    67.2%
  • Change since 2017: -1.2

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 54.2%
Labour 37.4%
Liberal Democrat 5.5%
Green 2.9%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +3.6 Gained
  • Green +2.9 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +1.7 Gained
  • Labour -8.3 Lost

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Call to help town's economy amid downturn

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Crawley’s MP and the leader of the borough council have appealed to the government for help to stop 70 years of the town’s economic success being wiped out.

With the aviation industry taking a huge hit due to the Covid-19 lockdown – and a Centre for Cities report forecasting 57% of jobs in the town were at risk – Henry Smith and Peter Lamb have written a plea to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and others.

The letter said: “We must ensure that Crawley’s amazing economic success, built up over many decades, is not lost in a matter of weeks.

“Above all, it is critical that as many of Crawley’s residents as possible are able to retain their jobs and livelihoods. This will not happen without a major programme of government intervention to mitigate the worst effects of this crisis.”

An economic crisis in Crawley would spread ripples throughout the county, it is predicted. The town’s economy grew 23% from 2013-20, providing 26% of the economic output in West Sussex, despite representing 2% of the land.

Over the same period, it boasted the second highest job density outside central London, with jobs growth rising 13.5% to 101,000.

In their letter, Mr Smith and Mr Lamb laid out a ten-point programme needed to rebuild the town’s economy.

It included: a major programme of investment in infrastructure; business relief and support for Gatwick Airport and firms run on the site; grants to local businesses to enable them to retain staff; and an improved benefits system to recognise the high cost of living in the area.

They also asked for targeted support and relief for high street and retail businesses to help them adapt to the post-crisis economy.

Fears over economic fallout of coronavirus on Crawley

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

The leader of Crawley Borough Council has warned the town’s economy faces "a long road back" to recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

The town faces the daunting prospect of having the hardest-hit economy in the country, according to a study for Centre for Cities.

Speaking during his weekly online Q&A, Mr Lamb appealed for more help from the government, and said: “Crawley has been, up to this point, an incredibly vibrant economy.

“Ever since the new town was built, we’ve had almost full employment in the town. So it’s not something we’re really used to seeing, this potential impact in terms of unemployment.

“It is going to require a great deal of intervention from the government to try to resolve it.”

With Gatwick Airport on its doorstep, Crawley is hugely reliant on the aviation industry.

Mr Lamb said that, over the last few weeks, the council had delivered some £34m of business rates relief and handed out £5m of grants to local businesses.

But he added that he was "well aware" that two-thirds of businesses which may be eligible for a grant had not applied.

Urging those firms to come forward, Mr Lamb said: “The impact on aviation and many of these industries will linger on and a number of businesses will genuinely struggle to get through this period, even with some of the support that’s been required.”

Looking to the future, he predicted a tough time to come: “The reality is, as a town, we need to prepare for what is going to be a long road back to where we started.

“Crawley has an awful lot going for it in terms of its workforce, in terms of its location, in terms of the businesses already based here – but it’s going to take some time to get that all up and running again.”

Crawley: Conservative hold

Henry Smith has been re-elected as the MP for Crawley, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Peter Lamb by 8,360 votes, more than double the majority at the 2017 election.

Khalil Yousuf of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Iain Dickson came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.2 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 50,000 people, roughly two-thirds of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

One of the four candidates, Iain Dickson (Green) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

BreakingCRAWLEY RESULT: Conservative hold

Crawley result
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Profile: Crawley

With a council that’s evenly split between Labour and the Conservatives, this is one of the South East’s most marginal seats.

Currently in blue hands, the former leader of West Sussex County Council Henry Smith won at his third tilt in 2010.

Hoping to turn Crawley red is the current leader of Crawley Borough Council Peter Lamb, who took the helm at the authority in 2014 at the age of just 27.

Henry Smith
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Currently in blue hands, the former leader of West Sussex County Council Henry Smith won at his third tilt in 2010