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Henry Smith: It’s all about promoting our democracy

In his latest article for CN24, MP Henry Smith talks about how people should get involved in local politics and utilise their right to vote.



The first National Democracy Week will take place this year from 2nd to 8th July. To help mark the 100th anniversary of the first women being granted the right to vote in this country, the National Democracy Week Awards will also take place with a deadline for nominations on 27th May.

This new Government initiative seeks to recognise people of prominence in democratic engagement and anyone may nominate any individual, organisation or group.

The nominations are split into four groups: Young Advocate of the Year, Diversity Champion of the Year, Changemaker of the Year and Collaboration of the Year.

As part of UK Parliament Week last November, I met with the Rivers Learning Project Community at Crawley Civic Hall; an organisation I helped to launch in 2015 and one which focuses on the empowerment of disadvantaged women in Crawley. Their work is of great importance, and my role as MP for Crawley is to involve and engage local people in the democratic process.

It is also my pleasure to welcome local school pupils to the House of Commons and visit classrooms in Crawley to engage directly with the leaders of tomorrow.

Representing Crawley in Parliament is an honour. With our democracy being renowned around the world, I will continue to speak with schools and community groups in Crawley to champion the importance of getting involved in the political process and utilising the right to vote.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Youth unemployment rate falls to record low as wages rise

Crawley MP welcomes new figures which show the number of people in Crawley who are unemployed has seen a 56% drop since 2010.



Figures released show that unemployment has remained at its lowest rate in more than four decades. Meanwhile, youth unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since records began.

Latest figures show that wages are continuing to rise faster than prices, helping families keep more money in their pockets.

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Employment has increased in the south east of England, with 4,539,818 people in work – an increase of 347,818 more people in work since 2010.

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the new figures which show that in Crawley the number of people who are unemployed has fallen by 1,294 – a 56 per cent drop – since 2010.

There are three million more people in work since 2010 – an average of 1,000 more people into work each and every day.

Henry said:

“As a result of the reforms undertaken over the last eight years and policies that have generated our economic recovery, the unemployment and youth unemployment rates are at record lows. This means more people have the security of a good job and a regular pay cheque.

“Thanks to this action, more people are being helped into work. Through the modern Industrial Strategy, businesses are receiving backing to create jobs across the whole country – but there’s more to do.

“Wages are continuing to rise faster than prices, meaning pay packets can go further in Crawley and nationwide.”

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