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Sarah Jones: ‘We’ll come back fighting for people of Croydon’

The only one who came knocking – better luck next time

Inside Croydon

Full of hope: Sarah Jones missed out on being elected Croydon's first woman MP by 165 votes. Pictured here outside her election HQ with Streatham MP Chuka Umunna, who might soon be contesting another election Full of hope: Sarah Jones missed out on being elected Croydon’s first woman MP by 165 votes. She is pictured here outside her election HQ with Streatham MP Chuka Umunna, who might soon be contesting another election

Sarah Jones has pledged to “come back even stronger next time”, after losing out on her bid to win the Croydon Central seat from Gavin Barwell by just 165 votes in the General Election on Thursday.

Jones polled 5,900 votes more than Labour managed at the 2010 General Election, and her 22,588 tally would have been enough to win six of the previous seven parliamentary elections held in the constituency, going back to 1983.  With the important exception, of course, of Gavin “Don’t Mention the Tories” Barwell, the only time when anyone has polled more votes than Jones did this time round was Geraint Davies when Labour won Croydon Central for the first…

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