Crawley’s Labour candidate, Tim Lunnon, has adopted a very British attitude to his defeat - he’s going to play cricket.
After watching Henry Smith retake the seat for the Conservatives by 25,426 votes to 22,969, Tim said he was going to: “Recover, enjoy the rest of the summer, maybe play some cricket, get back to running but also keep representing Broadfield South where I’m very proud to be a councillor.”
He seemed a little surprised to have fought such a close-run campaign, adding: “It was closer than we maybe anticipated it was going to be. Obviously nationally Labour have seen a better performance than many expected tonight - and we’ve seen that in Crawley.
“We’ve fought hard and maybe there will be future elections a lot sooner than we thought, so we’ll be ready to fight again.”
Tim said he was “tired but also happy with the result” - and he had clear ideas about the issues he would like to see Henry raise in Parliament.
He said: “I’d like to see education at the top of the agenda.
“Crawley schools are not worth less and we need to see more money put into them so they get the same funding as every other school in the country.”