Crawley Parliamentary candidate won’t stand for re-election to council

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Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley, has announced he won’t be standing for re-election at the council elections in May.

Cllr Chris Oxlade was first elected to Crawley Borough Council in 2011, as ward member for Ifield.

Since Labour regained control of the council last May he has also served in the Cabinet as the portfolio-holder for Community Engagement.

Announcing his decision not to re-contest his council seat, Cllr Oxlade said: “It’s been a great privilege representing Ifield on the council over the last four years, it’s a great neighbourhood and I’m sad to be stepping down but I believe that it would be wrong to contest both seats at the elections in May.

“This General Election will define the country we live in for a generation and I believe that in

order to deliver the best result for Crawley, the town I was born in and have lived my entire life in, the right thing to do now is to focus on the General Election and beyond.”

Crawley Borough Council Leader, Cllr Peter Lamb, said: “Chris is a hugely valued member of the Labour Group and in only a very short time in the Cabinet he has had a massive impact.

“While I’m sorry to lose Chris from our team at the council, I know that our loss will be Westminster’s gain.”