What does future hold for defeated Crawley Labour parliamentary candidate Chris?

Chris Oxlade at the Election count at K2 Crawley, West Sussex (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150805-044109008
Chris Oxlade at the Election count at K2 Crawley, West Sussex (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150805-044109008

A second General Election defeat has left Labour’s Chris Oxlade “gutted” but with no intention of turning his back on the town he loves.

The nation’s lack of trust in Labour coupled with an increase in popularity for UKIP was such that, even being a Crawley boy through and through could not sway the vote his way.

Chris said: “I’m obviously gutted about the result but the people of Crawley have spoken and, although we got an increased amount of the Labour vote, the UKIP surge affected us. It was a tough day for us in the town but Labour is still going to be running the town locally and carrying on all the positive campaigns we’ve done.”

While Labour may still be in charge at the town hall, Chris’s decision to step down from his Ifield seat on the borough council means his political duties will be restricted to that of county councillor for Bewbush & Ifield West – and he intends to continue to oppose the recent budget cuts which he said have had a “huge affect” on the community.

He added: “I have loved my time on Crawley Borough Council. It was four years to make a positive difference to Crawley people.

“I woke up after the election and nothing was different. I’m just going to carry on the way I always do.”

Carrying on as he always does will see Chris continue as trustee of Crawley Open House and working with community groups.

He said: “At the moment I’m going to put my time and effort into the causes that I love and help Crawley people.”