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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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Henry Smith MP: Celebrating the Crawley Town Community Foundation

In his article this week Crawley MPp Hnery Smith hails the CTCF

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Earlier this year I was delighted to hail the contribution to our local area of Crawley Town Community Foundation.

Their mission statement is ‘to engage, inspire and empower people through sport and football’ and is something which is being done right across town.

This includes delivery of National Citizen Service for 15 to 17 year olds – which I have been pleased to speak about in the House of Commons and present awards to young people participating at Broadfield Stadium – in addition to football training sessions and the Premier League Primary Stars programme for school pupils, higher education through the BTEC National Diploma in Sport, and walking football for the over 50s; the Community Foundation’s work serves different ages and backgrounds.

From this September, the Community Foundation will be offering a two year Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching & Development. The course is designed for anyone seeking to achieve a university degree while gaining experience for a career in the football industry.

The programme is being delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, and all students will be enrolled as a student at that university. All lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive and inspirational club environment through online material.

On a separate note, as September comes to a close we are approaching the end of Blood Cancer Awareness Month. As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer I have heard a number of accounts of how Macmillan Cancer Support nurses help people beating and living with cancer. Given the charity’s work I am grateful to Crawley Town Football Club for holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September, from 9am to 1pm in Redz Bar at Broadfield Stadium.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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