I’m just getting in touch because you indicated in my email survey that you are considering voting Liberal Democrat this Thursday 12th December.
I just want to make sure you are aware that parliamentary elections here in Croydon Central are always close-fought contests between Labour and the Conservatives. I am facing a challenge from a hard Brexit supporting Tory candidate and there is a real chance that he will win.
Although I won by 5,000 votes in 2017, the Tories scraped through by just 165 votes in the 2015 election. With the opinion polls as they are, there is a genuine danger that the Conservatives will take the seat back.
I am a strong supporter of a People’s Vote and I believe that the British electorate need a chance to consider their options having seen the reality of what Brexit will mean. The Liberal Democrats have no chance of winning in this seat; in 2017 they failed to get their deposit back, achieving 1.9% of the vote. The only way that Croydon Central can contribute to cancelling Brexit is by returning me to parliament. Best for Britain, an organisation ‘fighting to keep the UK open to EU membership’, have explicitly backed my candidacy.
I believe that a Labour Party that works for everyone in the country is the most powerful progressive political force in the UK and that I am responsible for ensuring that this is the case.
I have a strong record of delivery over the last 2 years as a hard-working and independent-minded constituency MP. In my short time as an MP, I have confronted the most important issues to the people of Croydon Central.
I lead the national campaign against knife crime – tackling the scourge of youth violence and unsafe streets that the Tories seem happy to ignore. I serve as a Shadow Housing Minister – working to tackle the housing crisis that makes life hard for so many across Croydon Central and the UK. Since I was elected in 2017, I have dealt with over 16,000 cases of people’s problems or concerns, held over 100 surgeries across the constituency and met children from every school in Croydon Central. I have campaigned on issues as wide-ranging as tram safety, fire prevention, the development of Westfield and have met with and supported hundreds of local charities and organisations.
You can find out more about my priorities as your candidate under ‘Campaigns’ on my website: www.sarah-jones.org. If you are still unsure how you are voting and would like to talk to me or one of my staff about the election, you can ring my office on 0208 191 7064 between 10am-4pm and I will do my best to help.
If you would like to support my campaign, thank you so much. You can sign up here to help: www.sarah-jones.org/volunteer/ or let me know by calling 0208 191 7064.
I've been proud to represent you in Parliament since 2017 but after just two and a half years there is so much more to do. I want to finish the job. If you give me your vote this Thursday, I promise to give you five years of hard work and commitment.
With very best wishes,
P.S. Many people who are not natural Labour supporters have told me that they are thinking of lending me their vote this time, because they believe I will put Croydon first. If you are like them, I won’t let you down.