I want to add my personal thanks to the other candidates who have written to your readers to pass on their gratitude for the support they received in the elections this month.
As far as my own election, the people of Southgate and Crawley Central, which covers Southgate, the town centre and Pembroke Park, spoke - and they spoke magnificently. I thank them deeply for giving me their support.
This year is the first time since 2004 that Labour has won Southgate outright from the Tories, and it sends a powerful message that change is in the air. It was an enormously significant victory in Crawley politics, and one I think all the main parties took note of.
Never mind the nonsense that Crawley’s Tory MP Henry Smith has to say to blame UKIP for his party’s defeat, the fact of the matter is that is just an excuse. If he wants to delude himself, let him. It is the policies of the Government that he supports daily in Parliament that people are giving their judgement on. And they are not in favour.
Voters saw Crawley Labour’s message, particularly in Southgate, and they responded to our positive message about standing up for the town.
Labour gave the people of Crawley the clear message they would come first. We will continue to do so, and I hope the work can start straight away to demonstrate this.
Cllr Michael Jones, West Sussex County Council (Lab, Southgate and Crawley Central)
May I express my sincere thanks to all Labour constituents who voted for me in the WSCC election on May 2, also thanks to many Conservatives who also voted for me as a local candidate in Broadfield, I honestly believe that at this level of local government it shouldn’t be party political - you get people to vote for you as a person. And I hope to carry on with your help to improve Broadfield.
Cllr Brian Quinn, West Sussex County Council (Lab, Broadfield)
I would like to thank the residents of Northgate and Three Bridges for their support in the recent county council elections. I was glad to have had the opportunity to meet so many people during the campaign and to discuss the future we all want for our town. Over the coming days and weeks I will be working hard to deal with many of the problems people raised with me on the doorstep and, as ever, I hope residents wouldn’t hesitate to get in touch if they have any issue they want to discuss.
Cllr Peter Lamb, West Sussex County Council (Lab, Northgate and Three Bridges)
I would like to thank the 1,493 electors of Pound Hill and Worth Division who placed
their trust in me to be their local county councillor for another four years at the
elections . Their support is very much appreciated, and I look forward to representing all residents of Pound Hill and Worth to the best of my abilities over the coming four years.
It was especially satisfying for me personally to achieve the highest Conservative percentage vote share of any division in West Sussex, but that was tinged with sadness at the loss of my colleagues Howard Bloom and Bob Burgess, both of whom have made a huge contribution at County Hall and who will be sorely missed.
Given the national trend, it is also very pleasing that we have maintained a strong
Conservative majority on West Sussex County Council, and I am looking forward to
playing my part in the new administration at County Hall.
Cllr Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council (Con, Pound Hill and Worth)
I would like to thank all those who voted for me in the recent County Council elections and for all the encouragement and support I received during the last four years from local people to enable me to carry out my role as County Councillor.
I am sorry I am not able to continue to represent you.
However, I will continue to work for and represent the people of Three Bridges at Crawley Borough Council and will work with the new County Councillor, bringing forward relevant issues affecting people locally and striving to achieve the best for local people.
Bob Burgess, Conservative candidate for Northgate and Three Bridges