New Crawley Portuguese councillor is one of just three in UK

Crawley Borough Council elections Labour candidate Carlos Castro Tilgate SUS-161104-094836001
Crawley Borough Council elections Labour candidate Carlos Castro Tilgate SUS-161104-094836001

A new Crawley Borough Council member says he is one of only three Portuguese councillors in the UK.

Cllr Carlos Castro (Lab, Tilgate) won his seat in last week’s local elections.

He said about 5,000 of his countrymen lived in Crawley and hoped to be an example of an immigrant ‘giving back’ to his community.

He said: “There are two [others] in the whole of the UK - one in London, Stockwell and another in the North.

“I’m hoping as a Portuguese that I will able to open some doors and feel that they [Crawley Portuguese] have someone they can relate to and maybe feel more comfortable to visit at the Town Hall.

“I’m happy that we have a big amount because that means we can create events and share our events with the rest of the community.”

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