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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: Why supporting NCS is so important

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the important work of NCS and the community.



We’ve all taken immense pride in watching one of Crawley’s own, Gareth Southgate, lead the England football team to the World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years. He now stands alongside Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson in leading England this far in the tournament, as the nation looks forward to the final stages of the next European Championships being played at Wembley in 2020.

Crawley is rightly proud of Gareth and it would be fitting for a lasting tribute in our town to recognise his work.

A few days before Gareth was appointed permanent England manager in November 2016, I was at a National Citizen Service graduation ceremony in Crawley. We don’t know what our town’s next generation will go on to achieve, but those taking part in NCS have much to offer.

NCS is open to 15 to 17-year-olds and is delivered locally by the Crawley Town Community Foundation. It gives young people the chance to take part in new experiences, develop skills and give back to our community.

Last year I was pleased to speak in Parliament in support of legislation which strengthens the Government’s commitment to NCS, and I was delighted to present a copy of the National Citizen Service Act to the Community Foundation after it became law.

In addition to allowing participants to gain experience of working alone and as part of a team – skills which will help when seeking employment, apprenticeship or university placements in the years ahead – NCS also sees young people undertake social action projects to benefit the local community.

Charities which have benefited as a result of local NCS participation include Crawley Open House, the Springboard Project, St Catherine’s Hospice, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre and Save the Children.

NCS is designed to encourage personal and social development through a range of activities and projects requiring leadership, teamwork and communication.

The summer 2018 programme is on course to see the most participants ever – I wish them all the very best! Applications are still open; for more information please visit:

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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