MP candidates welcome two political VIPs

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Two of the town’s Parliamentary candidates have welcomed VIP visitors to join them on the election trail.

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and the Shadow Home Office Minister Steve Reed have visited Crawley.

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Mr Fallon and Henry Smith, the Conservative candidate, were in Tilgate and Three Bridges on Friday (April 17).

Mr Fallon said Mr Smith was the strongest advocate for Crawley.

He said: “It has just been announced that 2 million jobs have been created in our country since 2010. 1,000 jobs have been created every day since the last election.

“While Britain has created more jobs than the rest of Europe put together, we cannot be complacent. Henry and I will continue to work to ensure David Cameron returns to Downing Street as the head of a majority Conservative Government.”

Mr Smith said: “I was delighted the Defence Secretary came to join the Crawley Conservative election campaign where we spoke on the doorstep with Three Bridges and Tilgate residents.

“Apart from the US, British defence budgets are rightly the highest out of any NATO nation because we live in an uncertain world with real security challenges. With Government defence contractors such as Thales UK in Crawley, many local jobs depend on this important sector.”

The Shadow Home Office Minister Steve Reed and Chris Oxlade, the Labour candidate, visited the Langley Green Community Centre on Thursday (April 16).

They met with the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch chairman, John Wright, and representatives from Neighbourhood Watches in Crawley.

Mr Oxlade said: “We went through all the aspects of Neighbourhood Watch and how essential it is to local communities.

“It reinforced his view of the vital work they do in association with Sussex Police.

“They obviously have a very good team leading Neighbourhood Watch locally and give a huge amount of voluntary support to the police service.”