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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 wishes Crawley’s Gareth Southgate ‘the best of luck’

The Crawley MP sends a message to the England manager, and his team, ahead of England’s first match against Tunisia on Monday 18 June at 7pm.

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Henry Smith MP has wished Gareth Southgate, the England national football team manager who grew up in Crawley, the best of luck ahead of the 2018 World Cup which began yesterday.

Henry said:

“When England’s World Cup campaign begins on Monday, the eyes of the whole world will be on one of Crawley’s own.

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“I want to wish the best of luck to Gareth Southgate – who famously grew up in our town – and his team. Come on England!

“I remember being at a National Citizen Service graduation ceremony just a few days before Gareth was appointed permanent England manager – who knows what our town’s next generation will go on to achieve?”

England’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Tunisia on Monday, 18 June, at 7pm BST.

The England manager attended Pound Hill Junior and Hazelwick Schools, and married at Worth Church. He played 57 times for England, and in 2014 cited a number of his teachers at Pound Hill and Hazelwick as being a driving force on him taking up football.

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Gareth was confirmed as permanent England manager in November 2016, following a period in interim charge from September of that year.

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