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Crawley MP pledges to be a bowel cancer champion

Henry Smith MP has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion and lead change in Parliament for people affected by the disease, at Bowel Cancer UK’s parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 30th January.

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Henry Smith MP has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion and lead change in Parliament for people affected by the disease, at Bowel Cancer UK’s parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 30th January.Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer, making it the UK’s fourth most common cancer. It is also the second biggest cancer killer, more than 16,000 people die from the disease every year.

Bowel cancer screening can detect the disease at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat, and with a greater chance of survival. Last year, the Government announced they will lower the bowel cancer screening age from 60 to 50 across England using the potentially more accurate faecal immunochemical test (FIT). Introducing these initiatives will save more lives from this disease.

The Crawley MP will work with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care both in Crawley and nationally. By bringing people together, such as patients and families, doctors and nurses, scientists and politicians Bowel Cancer UK will create a future where nobody dies of the disease.

Henry said;

“It simply isn’t acceptable that so many people die from bowel cancer each year. That’s why I’m proud to be working with Bowel Cancer UK and helping them make real change happen through my role as a Bowel Cancer Champion.

“I look forward to using my position in Parliament to call for changes which can improve outcomes for patients with the disease in Crawley. Together we can stop people dying of bowel cancer.”

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy & Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, commented;

“I’m delighted that Henry Smith MP has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion. Henry will serve as a valuable ally in helping us to put bowel cancer firmly on the political agenda and campaigning for crucial improvements to services for bowel cancer patients both nationally and in Crawley.”

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Crawley MP Henry Smith condemns Brexit uncertainty

Henry Smith MP has spoken out against the uncertainty and democratic damage of Brexit not being delivered and in Parliament last week called for the instruction given by the people of Crawley and the UK to leave the EU not to be delayed beyond 29th March 2019.

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Speaking in the House Of Commons on Friday 15th Feb, Mr Smith partook in a debate and made his strong feeling very clear.

Here are some of the highlights of what he said:

“It’s been three years since the Brexit referendum was called. With exit day of 29th March only weeks away, I urge the Prime Minister to take a robust approach to the continued negotiations with the EU.

“One of the biggest reasons for the current uncertainty is the continued calls for another vote of the people. Crawley residents – and indeed voters across the UK – have already spoken clearly and it’s up to the Government to carry out their will.

“The previous day I asked Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions for assurances over our departure on the date set out in law of 29th March 2019 – the people’s Brexit must not be denied.”

He then followed it up about Crawley itself:

“The message I get is as follows. Just the other day, I was walking down Tilgate shopping parade in my constituency, and as is typically the case, someone came up to me and wanted to know about the current Brexit debate in Parliament.

“They said, “Why aren’t we getting on with the decision we made two and a half years ago?” That is a compelling argument.”

Mr Smith continued on the subject of Brexit uncertainty and the countries relationship with Europe:

“We have heard this afternoon calls for a so-called people’s vote. I would argue that we had a people’s vote in 2016. We have also heard calls for an extension of article 50, to delay our departure from the European Union.

“We have heard from those Members concern about the uncertainty of Brexit. The one thing that will maintain uncertainty is questioning the democratic decision that was taken by holding a second referendum.

“That would certainly do a lot to damage our democracy and prolong uncertainty, as would a delay to article 50, and that is before we even get into the issues of whether the remaining 27 members of the EU would allow article 50 to be extended and, if article 50 were to be extended beyond July, of EU elections.”

“Yes, we absolutely should be seeking and honouring a deep and close relationship with our neighbours and allies in Europe, but the trouble with a customs union, which Labour Members advocate, is that it would prevent us from doing the global free trade deals that, in a world that is getting smaller, are key to our prosperity.

“The key to this country’s future prosperity is our unique global links, and being a conduit for that thanks to our proximity to Europe. We must be robust in the ongoing negotiations, and I support the Prime Minister in continuing them.

“I have never known an EU negotiation that did not go down to the last moment, and I therefore remain optimistic about our future. For goodness’ sake, we should be more optimistic as a House and country, because our best years are ahead.” r

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