I am incredibly proud to have been re-elected as your Member of Parliament for Croydon Central. I’ve gone straight back to work representing you in Parliament, as we look towards another Queen’s Speech tomorrow and Brexit legislation in the days ahead.
To those of you who voted to re-elect me or helped with my campaign I want to say a huge thank you. Whether or not you voted for me, I want to be clear that I am here to represent and serve the whole of our fantastic community.
I am very proud that in Croydon Central we secured an increased majority of Labour votes. But the national result was devastating for the Labour Party. I want to apologise on behalf of our party to those across our community who wanted and needed a Labour government – a government which would act to solve homelessness, reform our broken welfare system and reverse the billions in cuts to our schools, police and health service which we suffered under ten years of Tory governments.
The Labour Party can, and must, rebuild. There are positive lessons from our campaign in Croydon Central – we united a diverse community of leavers and remainers, rich and poor, young and old. We did it by listening closely to the concerns of our whole community and speaking back with sensible, practical solutions to the problems you wanted fixed.
As I’ve said previously, there will be times when we disagree but I’m proud that in Croydon on the whole we disagree in good faith and without resorting to abuse. I want to thank the candidates for other parties for not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks.
I’m back in Westminster today and have just been ‘sworn in’, meaning I am officially your MP once again. I’m ready to continue holding the government to account as Shadow Housing Minister and opposing the looming threat of a Tory hard Brexit which is already driving down the value of the pound.
I’m fully committed to delivering on the pledges I made to you during the election: continued action on knife crime, fighting Tory school cuts, developing a green new deal for Croydon, opposing a no-deal Brexit and delivering affordable homes for local people. With the backdrop of a Boris Johnson majority, with more austerity ‘baked in’ to their spending plans according to the IFS, these campaigns will be more challenging. But I have delivered for you over the past two years and I will strive every day to deliver a fairer, safer Croydon.
My weekly advice surgeries will be starting up again after the Christmas break, as will my regular monthly email newsletter. In the meantime, I am here, working for you. If you or anyone you know needs support please get in touch via email.
I wish you the very best wishes for the festive season and a happy new year. I look forward to what 2020 has in store!
Sarah Jones MP