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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 ‘delighted’ to support “Blue Belt” campaign

The Crawley MP further demonstrates his commitment in pushing the UK Government to protect the environment.

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Henry Smith MP has called upon the UK Government to continue being a world leader in protecting our oceans.

Through advancements in satellite technology and developments in international law, it is now possible to monitor and protect vast areas of ocean with ever greater effectiveness and lower cost.

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The UK Government is leading the world in this work, having stated its intention to create a “Blue Belt” of marine protection around a number of the UK Overseas Territories.

The UK has already protected a 320,000 square mile area in the Pacific, around the Pitcairn Islands. This is one of the largest marine reserves in the world, more than three times the size of the UK.

Henry said:

“We’re incredibly lucky in the UK to be the stewards of some of the most pristine places left in the global ocean, thanks to our Overseas Territories.

“I’m delighted to support this campaign to protect these special places, and call on the Government to designate the South Sandwich Islands as a marine reserve as soon as possible.

“At more than 193,000 square miles the South Sandwich Islands reserve will be twice the size of the UK and will protect one of the last great wild places left on Earth.”

The Crawley MP hopes that this will include the announcement this month of the largest marine reserve in the Atlantic, around the South Sandwich Islands near the Antarctic, home to a huge array of whales, fish, birds, seals and over 10 per cent of the world’s penguins.

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