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‘Affordable housing is priority’ says Labour candidate as ‘housing revolution’ announced

With council housing lists in Crawley now 30 years long according to the party, Labour says they are pledging a “housing revolution” with what they claim is the biggest council house building programme for decades.

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Labour’s launched their manifesto last week with new plans for what they say is the largest council and social housing programme in decades and which they claim will transform the lives of millions of people struggling to afford a decent home.

They say the new plans will be paid for with funding from Labour’s Social Transformation Fund. Half of Labour’s Social Transformation Fund – around £75bn over five years – will be allocated to housing.

John Healey, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary and Crawley Labour Candidate Peter Lamb.

The also say the homes will be built to a cutting edge design and green standards, with Labour citing the new, award winning Goldsmith Street council development in Labour-led Norwich as an example of what Labour’s modern council housing could look like.

Labour Parliamentary Candidate and Council Leader, Peter Lamb has welcomed the proposals:

“As Leader at Crawley Council, addressing the desperate need for truly affordable housing in Crawley has been an absolute priority. That’s why I was so proud to show the Shadow Secretary of State for Housing around the brand new truly affordable housing we have delivered in Crawley when he visited last week.

“But even working as hard as we can, without changes in central government policy it will take another 30 years to house the 1,329 people we currently have on our waiting list. Those changes are now a core part of Labour policy.”

“A vote for Labour on 12 December is a vote for real change to real lives.”

John Healey, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, said:  

“The next Labour Government will kick-start a housing revolution, with the biggest investment in new council and social homes this country has seen for decades.

“Labour’s transformational housing plans will mean thousands more genuinely affordable homes for people on ordinary incomes in every area of the country.

“Our modern council and social housing will be built to cutting-edge design and green standards providing a long-term investment in our country’s future.”

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Victory in Europe Day 75 years on

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At 11am on Friday, 8th May, our nation will fall silent for two minutes, to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and in honour of all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

As the Royal British Legion have said, there is no right or wrong way to take part in the silence. Some people may choose to stand at the window or step outside the front door, and I encourage all in Crawley to spend this time to think of the events which took place three quarters of a century ago.

Alongside a host of television and radio broadcasts, the Royal British Legion have also developed a VE Day learning pack which is designed for seven to 14 year olds, with first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, interviews with veterans and a variety of activities to help families explore and commemorate VE Day together.

I am grateful to Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council for their work to ensure this important anniversary can be marked remotely given the current COVID-19 pandemic social distancing restrictions. This will include posting items on social media from the Crawley Library archives, as well as a range of resources available online from the West Sussex Record Office.

My thanks as well to St John’s Church, whose celebration service will also take place remotely on Friday.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the general election where I was first elected to Parliament. It is not lost on me that were it not for the bravery of those who defeated the threat to our freedom in the Second World War, we would not have a functioning democracy and a free country today.

When the clock strikes 11am on Friday my thoughts will be of the individuals from the UK and right across the free world who stood up for our way of life, including the service of those from what would soon become the New Town of Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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