Labour Cllr Michael Jones has thrown his hat into the ring to become the party’s MP candidate at the next General Election.
Cllr Jones, is a Crawley Borough councillor for Bewbush and West Sussex County Councillor for Southgate.
He won the Southgate seat at the county council elections earlier in the month and believes he can fight and win the post of MP.
He said: “This wasn’t a decision lightly made. Whoever becomes Labour’s candidate will have to throw themselves wholeheartedly - body and soul - into the contest to be Crawley’s next MP.
“I believe that I am that candidate and that is why I am putting myself forward. Crawley is one of the most marginal seats in the country and how it goes, so goes the country. That is what is at stake. I know how to fight – and win – marginal seats in close elections, as I did in Southgate this year.
“I have a vision for our town and for our country that I want to put forward. I welcome the opportunity to be able to do that.”
Cllr Jones, who is a trained solicitor, has lived in Crawley for over five years and has been a member of the labour party since he was 18.
He has been working on tackling football match day parking problems in neighbourhoods around Broadfield stadium, fighting plans to remove play areas, and was the first councillor to call for the borough council to sign up to the Community Covenant. The covenant supports armed forces personnel and veterans in the town.
Cllr Chris Oxlade (Lab, Bewbush) has put his name forward for the 2015 election and Henry Smith has signalled his intention to defend his seat.