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Henry Smith MP accuses Crawley Council Leader of ‘political narrow-mindedness’

“To remove Crawley from the joint effort to better serve people seems like personal petulance”, says Crawley MP.

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Crawley MP Henry Smith has today posted on social media, showing a letter he’s sent to the Leader of Crawley Borough Council which asks him to ‘work constructively with local partners’.

The letter comes following previous communication between Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb and West Sussex County Council.

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Mr Lamb sent a letter (dated 5 September) to Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, which stated:

“Until such time as West Sussex Changes its course we will be withdrawing from West Sussex Leader Board activities and while honouring current agreements, we will be taking no further steps towards joint working the county.

“We simply cannot work with people who believe such actions to be moral.”

His tweet, which was published alongside the letter, seemed to support this statement, “informing them that these cuts will mark an end in their relationship” with Crawley Borough Council.

Further clashes between the two councils arose on Wednesday after West Sussex County Council announced they held a meeting with local council leaders to talk about the proposed cuts, without Crawley Borough Council.

This led to Peter Lamb filing a formal complaint as he took issue with the wording used by West Sussex Council in their statement. Read more here.

Today, Henry Smith MP addressed Peter Lamb’s move to withdraw from West Sussex Leader Board activities. He says this decision seems like ‘personal petulance’ and ‘political narrow-mindedness’.

He goes on to ask the Leader of Crawley Borough Council to ‘reconsider’:

“On behalf of local residents I would be grateful if you would reconsider, and work together so we can ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected.”

Mr Smith’s Tweet presenting the letter, reads:

“I’m calling on #Crawley Borough Council to work constructively with local partners, not withdraw from cooperation – our town’s housing authority should be a leading voice in West Sussex.”

Read the letter in full below:

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Crawley MP Henry Smith joins other Conservatives in a show of ‘no confidence’ in Theresa May

It was always going to be a crazy day in politics but now Crawley’s own MP has added his own feelings into the mix.

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Whether you are a brexiteer or a remainer one thing that unites everyone today is the fascination of what is happening up at Westminster.

Following last nights release of the 500 page draft withdrawal agreement, the political world has been in turmoil as resignations, letters of no confidence and more outspoken politicians than ever before hit the broadcasters teleprompters.

Now Crawley’s own MP Henry Smith has joined other conservatives like Jacob Rees-Mogg in submitting a letter of no confidence in their leader Theresa May.

Speaking publicly on social media this morning Mr Smith said:

“I work for my constituents and country, on reading the document, Theresa May’s Brexit strategy works for neither. A majority voted to leave the EU, this deal on offer does in name only by maintaining the bloc’s jurisdiction, limiting our global scope and theatening UK integrity.

Despite the establishment’s might, project fear and over twice as much spent by Remain, a largest majority ever in UK poll history voted for Brexit (58% in #Crawley). Along with 588 MPs sitting today, I stood at the last election on a manifesto promise to respect the referendum.

Listening to the Prime Minister’s statement on her Brexit deal. One Labour MP characterised the 17.4 million of Briton’s who voted to leave the EU as extremists. It’s clear many in the Opposition want to reverse the referendum, with a few honourable exceptions.”

At time of publication there had been four resignations and only time will tell if that number increases.

Stay tuned, this is going to be a bumpy ride for all.

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