Crawley Labour group picks new leader

Crawley Cllr Peter Lamb
Crawley Cllr Peter Lamb

CRAWLEY Labour councillors have chosen 26-year-old Peter Lamb as their new leader.

The ward member for Northgate was elected in a secret ballot last night beating two other members with more than 50 per cent of the vote.

Cllr Lamb is the second youngest representative on Crawley Borough Council and could be one of the youngest leaders of a political group in England.

He got a taste for politics after doing work experience with former Crawley MP Laura Moffatt and recently worked on the Ken Livingstone London mayoral campaign.

He was elected after Langley Green councillor Brenda Smith stepped down following the Party’s winning of three seats from the Conservatives.

Cllr Lamb said: “I’d like to thank my predecessor Brenda Smith who has done a fantastic job for the town over many years and who will continue to be a valued member of the group for years to come. And I’m grateful to the group for selecting me and giving me this opportunity to work with such an experienced team to confront the challenges we face as a town.

“On May 3 we won eight of 13 seats. This wasn’t a fluke, it was the result of thousands of conversations held with voters on the door. People want to know why their kids can’t get a job or a house, why their elderly parents don’t get the support they deserve and why uncut grass and litter is being left to mess up their street.

“Budgets are tight, but that’s why the Labour Group is looking to spend money more wisely on what people really need rather than on the vanity projects the Tories want.”