Poll predicts Gavin Barwell could lose seat to Labour


Gavin Barwell. Pic: Graham Martin

Gavin Barwell. Pic: Graham Martin

Conservative MP for Croydon Central,  Gavin Barwell, is on course to lose his seat at the next election, according to a YouGov/Evening Standard poll.

According to the poll, support for Labour in London has risen and the party is expected to win eight of its London target seats in 100 days.

In a previous poll by Lord Ashcroft, last November, Barwell had already lost support. The survey had him 6% behind Labour’s Sarah Jones.

Barwell has a reputation for making unfortunate remarks about the borough. Just after he was elected her was quoted as saying:

“There is no getting away from the fact that Croydon has an image problem – a reputation for rather unwelcoming 1960s architecture and for crime and anti-social behaviour.”

According to the website, theyworkforyou.com Barwell voted:

Very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Source

Moderately for encouraging occupational pensions Source

Very strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords Source

Very strongly for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Source

Strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Source

Very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

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