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Henry Smith: Crawleys ward boundaries need to provide electoral equality whilst keeping neighbourhood identities

In his article this week Crawleys MP talks about the ward changes coming to the town.

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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) are currently undertaking an electoral review of Crawley Borough Council – this means the current ward boundaries which are used to elect councillors to represent us at the Town Hall are up for change.

Such a process needs to be inclusive and the Commission are accepting the views of local residents through a consultation which is open until Monday, 9th April. The leadership of Labour-controlled Crawley Borough Council however are not behaving in such a manner; ignoring one of Crawley’s founding ideals by recommending new boundaries this week which threaten to tear apart our local neighbourhoods which our town was built on.

The community principle is a long-standing part of Crawley New Town. It means more than words only mentioned on election leaflets; the names are included in postal addresses and are a real part of peoples’ identity, with local community centres, shopping parades and places of worship bearing these titles.

I have written to the Commission in support of Scheme 1 out of those which have been shortlisted – this provides for electoral equality whilst maintaining Crawley’s historic neighbourhood identities.

In contrast to Labour’s closed shop at the Town Hall, a Conservative-controlled Borough Council will instead be inclusive and respect that Crawley is a diverse place with a range of political outlooks.

The LGBCE consultation closes on Monday, 9th April. If you would like to join me in having a say to keep one of Crawley’s historic principles literally on the map, please click here to take part.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Unemployment at its lowest level for over 4 decades

The new figures show that unemployment is at its lowest since 1975, and the number of young people out of work has fallen by over 447,000 in the last 8 years.

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Henry Smith MP has welcomed the latest figures which show that the number of people out of work is at a record low.

In Crawley, the number of people who are unemployed has fallen by 1,365 – a 59 per cent drop – since 2010.

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Employment has increased in the south east of England, with 4,552,127 people in work – an increase of 360,127 more people in work since 2010.

The Crawley MP has welcomed the new figures, which show that unemployment is at its lowest since 1975 and that the number of young people out of work has fallen by over 447,000 in the last eight years.

Henry said:

“Unemployment continues to fall to record lows. Thanks to the Government’s welfare reforms, more people are being helped into work – and through the modern Industrial Strategy, businesses are getting backing to create jobs.

“That means more people benefit from getting up every day to a good job, and more people have the financial security of a regular pay packet to provide for themselves and their families.”

The Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, said:

“With the unemployment rate falling further to just 4 per cent, and youth unemployment down over 45 per cent since 2010, school leavers this week can look forward to a growing jobs market, improving the prospects for their future careers.

“In fact the UK’s vibrant jobs market is benefiting people across the board. Record rates of ethnic minority people in work also show that more families across our society are benefiting from the security of a job, with wages also on the increase.

“We have some of the most creative, innovative and hard-working young people in the world and this summer I’ve been urging them to take on a summer job, gaining ‘soft skills’ – or as I call them, essential skills – for their future careers.”

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