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Crawley MP’s Downing Street rejection gains national media’s attention

Henry Smith MP accused Prime Minister Theresa May of not ‘bringing Brexit home’.



(CN24 interpretation) Henry Smith after England 'brings it home'.

Crawley MP Henry Smith has publicly declined an invitation from Number 10 to watch England play a historic match against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

The Conservative MP expressed his concern that attending the screening at Downing Street would be ‘a bad omen for football coming home’.

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This comes after David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, both resigned. Henry’s reaction has caught the attention of the national press and has been featured in a number of newspapers.

It was then revealed this morning that two Conservative Party vice-chairs left their roles, and hitting out against PM Theresa May in the process.

Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield both criticised plans to keep close ties with Europe after Brexit.

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said:

“Being tied to EU regulations and the EU tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements will be the worst of all worlds,

“If we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name, then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10.”

Speaking out on Twitter, Henry Smith said:

“Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home…I’ll pass.”

The invitation was sent out by Chief Whip, Julian Smith, by ‘kind permission of the Prime Minister’. MP for Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith responded to the Crawley MP’s tweet of rejection.

He said:

“Henry if you would like to transfer your invite to a constituent let me know. Let me have their name first thing-they will be welcome.”

But Henry was quick to once again snub the offer.

With a voter turnout of 73.2%, Crawley residents voted 58.4% in favour of leaving the EU. The Crawley MP recently spoke of his commitment to working for his ‘constituents and country first’:

“Last year I stood on an election promise to deliver the British people’s 2016 referendum decision (by the largest number in our democratic history) to leave the EU, ECJ, Customs Union, Single Market and open border access. I work for my constituents and country first, and always.”

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The Twitter spat is a clear demonstration of the divide that has emerged in the Tory Party.

Does this then mean the Crawley MP will be watching Crawley’s Gareth Southgate’s team on a screen in a pub… in Crawley?

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Henry Smith MP: Celebrating the Crawley Town Community Foundation

In his article this week Crawley MPp Hnery Smith hails the CTCF



Earlier this year I was delighted to hail the contribution to our local area of Crawley Town Community Foundation.

Their mission statement is ‘to engage, inspire and empower people through sport and football’ and is something which is being done right across town.

This includes delivery of National Citizen Service for 15 to 17 year olds – which I have been pleased to speak about in the House of Commons and present awards to young people participating at Broadfield Stadium – in addition to football training sessions and the Premier League Primary Stars programme for school pupils, higher education through the BTEC National Diploma in Sport, and walking football for the over 50s; the Community Foundation’s work serves different ages and backgrounds.

From this September, the Community Foundation will be offering a two year Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching & Development. The course is designed for anyone seeking to achieve a university degree while gaining experience for a career in the football industry.

The programme is being delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, and all students will be enrolled as a student at that university. All lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive and inspirational club environment through online material.

On a separate note, as September comes to a close we are approaching the end of Blood Cancer Awareness Month. As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer I have heard a number of accounts of how Macmillan Cancer Support nurses help people beating and living with cancer. Given the charity’s work I am grateful to Crawley Town Football Club for holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September, from 9am to 1pm in Redz Bar at Broadfield Stadium.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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