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 Crawley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Laura Moffatt Labour 19,488 49.3 -5.7
Henry Smith Conservative 12,718 32.2 +0.4
Linda Seekings Liberal Democrat 5,009 12.7 +4.5
Brian Galloway UK Independence 1,137 2.9 +2.3
Lady Penelope Thunderbird of Tracy Island Staniford Raving Loony 383 1.0  
Arshad Khan Justice Party 271 0.7  
Karl Stewart Socialist Labour 260 0.7  
Muriel Hirsch Socialist Alliance 251 0.6  
Majority 6,770 17.1
Turnout 39,517 55.2 -17.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The 1997 landslide saw Crawley elect a Labour member for the first time in its existence. In local elections in 2000 the Conservatives picked up just one seat from Labour, taking their tally to six, compared with Labour’s 23

Crawley has grown rapidly and, like many such towns, aesthetics have often suffered in the headlong rush for growth. That is being changed now though, as the growth slows and the town centre has been given a thorough overhaul. Some more upmarket shops have been attracted by an increasingly affluent population, and although the growth continues, with suburban sprawl rapidly filling the gap between Crawley and Horsham, it is of a more restrained kind these days.

Where the town’s growth has slowed, its major source of employment has not. Gatwick airport in the north of the constituency contributes greatly to the constituency’s economy, and with anticipated air traffic growth of 50% over the next decade, there will be many more flights into this part of the world. With the airport, the constituency’s relative prosperity continues to rise.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Crawley
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Laura Moffatt Labour 27,750 55.0
Josephine Crabb Conservative 16,043 31.8
Harold De Souza Liberal Democrat 4,141 8.2
Ron Walters Referendum 1,931 3.8
Eric Saunders UK Independence 322 0.6
Arshad Kahn Independent 230 0.5
Majority 11,707 23.2
Turnout 50,417 72.9
 
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