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Crawley MP Henry Smith says tweet about ‘lazy left’ wanting to work from home was ‘tongue in cheek’

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Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has caused a stir on social media this afternoon after tweeting that MP’s who want to stay at home and work are ‘lazy’ and ‘work-shy’.

The tweet caused a huge amount of debate with hundreds and retweets and thousands of comments both supporting and vehemently disagreeing.

Some reports have even said that some shadow ministers have critised Mr Smiths remarks as ‘appalling’ and even ‘insulting’.

Speaking exclusively to CN24, Mr Smith said of his tweet:

“The virtual parliament arrangement has been necessary during the pandemic lockdown but in reality they have severely curtailed my ability to hold the government to account on behalf of Crawley and I support the earliest safe opportunity of parliament returning to its normal function.

My tweet was somewhat tongue in cheek although there is an element of truth that some MPs are quite happy to be away from Westminster and ultimately I don’t think thats good for our democracy.

I think the reaction says more about twitter than anything else.”

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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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