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Crawley MP uses historical quote to dig at Speaker as emergency Brexit debate is considered

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Brexit fever is not going away anytime soon, well unless the country actually does leave on the 31st, but even then the hype, debates, arguments and worry over what is actually going to happen will doubtless rage on for many months.

So it comes as no surprise that an Emergency Debate over Brexit has been requested in the House Of Commons.

Now Crawley’s own MP has been rather vocal in his thoughts over whether the Speaker of House John Bercow will allow this debate to go ahead.

Paraphrasing the historic quote from Sir Gerald Templer Mr Smith tweeted:

But with all eyes on parliament today (and for the next few weeks) it will be a fascinating series of events that could determine where the country is headed in the coming weeks.

Crawley voted in favour of leaving the EU in the referendum two years ago and with a new Brexit party candidate now on the scene it will make for a fascinating election if one was to take place.

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Henry Smith MP: Backing our NHS in Parliament

In his article Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the Queen’s Speech debate in Parliament

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Regardless of background, we will all need the NHS at some point in our lives. It is right that last week’s (Wednesday, 23rd October) Queen’s Speech debate in Parliament was dedicated to this public service.

I welcome the Government’s additional £33.9 billion of funding support for our health service. In recent years we have seen health provision return to Crawley, but there remains more to do.

On issues such as GP access, I call on the Government to address waiting times, as the Prime Minister pledged on the steps of Downing Street almost 100 days ago.

It is right that mental health is being treated on a par with physical health, and I am pleased that schools in Crawley will be part of a pilot initiative where new specialist Mental Health Support Teams will work alongside school counsellors and provide one-to-one support to pupils.

As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer, it is right that the Government are committed to making sure that 75 per cent of cancers are diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 by 2028.

Blood cancer is, of course, different to solid tumour cancers, and is much more difficult to detect. I will continue my call for the Department of Health & Social Care and the NHS to consider blood cancer patients when taking action to tackle the scourge of cancer.

Last week I welcomed Bloodwise to Parliament for the launch of the charity’s ‘Delays Expected’ report. Delays to diagnosis can have a huge impact on mental health, treatment options and chances of survival; it is vital that urgent action is taken to help save lives.

The research highlights NHS data that shows three in 10 people with blood cancer are only diagnosed when their symptoms need emergency treatment. By backing our GPs we can improve patient outcomes.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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