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
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.
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.
“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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