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Crawley MP speaks out ahead of no confidence vote

With the debate raging on in the House Of Commons, the local MP Henry Smith have spoken out about why he voted against the PM’s deal and how he will be voting tonight.

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Henry Smith says:

Having listened carefully to the House of Commons debate regarding the Prime Minister’s UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, I voted against this deal last night.

That arrangement would actually have ceded sovereignty, particularly through the so-called backstop arrangement, which the UK would not have been able to leave unilaterally. This deal did not deliver the Brexit which a majority of Crawley and national voters wanted in their referendum decision.

Tonight, Parliament will decide whether it has confidence in the Government. I will not vote to risk the progress which has taken place since 2010. Investment in our NHS which has seen services return to Crawley Hospital, with a new long-term plan recently published which will see an extra £394 million a week for our health service, has taken place under the Conservatives.

Employment has hit a record high under this Government and wages are rising at their fastest pace in a decade. While full and permanent jobs account for 75 per cent of employment there is still work to be done to ensure even more people have the security of a regular pay packet.

Throughout his whole political career, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has consistently aided those against the British national interest. I will not give him an opportunity to take these views to Downing Street.

His policies would most hurt those they claim to help; seeing increased taxes, driving wages down and reducing jobs and investment in our country.

Over the last week alone, the Labour Leader failed five times to say whether he would campaign to leave or remain in the European Union.

It should be remembered that over the last three years Parliament has been given its instructions from the British people; the referendum result with a clear decision in favour of leaving the EU, and the last general election where 589 MPs were elected on a pledge to deliver Brexit.

Theresa May’s EU deal was unambitious, but I will not risk the people’s Brexit, so will vote in Parliament tonight in favour of the Conservative Government of economic growth with a record of delivery.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith: ‘The choice is clear this General Election’

In his article this week Henry Smith puts forward his case of why Crawley should vote for him.

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Whilst I’ve been out and about across Crawley in recent weeks, much has been said in the national press about the General Election campaign currently taking place.

Perhaps the most striking was the news that two former Labour MPs are not only opposing Jeremy Corbyn, but are instead backing Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister.

This somewhat reflects a number of conversations I’ve been having on the doorstep with former Labour voters in Crawley. Hard-working and patriotic people who know that their values are not represented by Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott.

This is best represented on Brexit. We had a referendum three and a half years ago and the people of Crawley and our country voted to Leave. I led the Leave campaign in Crawley in 2016 and have continued to vote and voice in the House of Commons to ensure our EU exit.

On day one of the new parliament after the election, Boris Johnson has confirmed the House of Commons will start work to ensure Brexit finally takes place within weeks, almost before the Christmas turkey has gone cold!

In contrast, Labour’s offer is more dither, more delay and more division, without actually knowing what to do.

As part of a majority Conservative Government I will carry out Crawley’s vote to leave the EU without further delay; ensuring we take back control of our laws, borders and trade, whilst building on new opportunities across the world. This is not just about the UK’s independent sovereign future but respect for our democracy.

The choice is clear on 12th December. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to get Brexit done and invest responsibly in our public services. A vote for any other candidate lets in Labour and their reckless plans, risking skyrocketing spending and higher taxes for hard-working Crawley families.

Only the Conservatives can get Brexit done and get on with our project of sensible moderate, but tax-cutting, one nation conservatism, spreading opportunity and hope across the whole UK.

Let us unleash the potential of this country and take Great Britain forward.

Henry Smith
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley

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