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Crawley residents given chance to question police & leaders over towns issues

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Crawley residents are being given the chance to pose questions to Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, Chief Inspector Shane Baker (District Commander for Crawley & Mid Sussex), Henry Smith MP, and Ashwin Soni of the Crawley Interfaith Network. 

Questions can be about any issue relating to policing in Sussex but should avoid mentioning specific cases which cannot be publicly discussed. 

Written questions must be submitted by midnight on Friday 30 October to give enough preparation time ahead of the live discussion. 

Mrs Bourne said;

“This is an opportunity for Crawley residents’ voices to be heard. We know that reports of anti-social behaviour, business crime and even serious organised crime, have risen over the last year so I hope that residents will actively engage with this event. 

“The diversity of the Crawley community is something to be celebrated and we don’t want anybody to feel overlooked in this discussion. 

“If you are living in the Crawley area and would like to raise a concern, please submit a question. I want to hear what you have to say and have brought together a panel that will be able to hopefully answer your queries and offer some reassurance.”

Questions can be submitted in writing to pcc@sussex-pcc.gov.uk.

The meeting will be held virtually, starting at 11.00am on Friday 13 November and will be webcast live here: https://sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

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Henry Smith MP: Brexit and a vaccine

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In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about Brexit and the new Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

As the UK entered the New Year it did so having finally delivered what Crawley and the country voted for in the Brexit referendum almost half a decade previously.

Last week I voted for the European Union (Future Relationship) Act which allows the British Government to implement and ratify the agreements secured between the UK and the EU.

With no role for the European Court of Justice and no requirements for the UK to continue to follow EU law, and no more payments of billions of pounds to Brussels, we fulfil one of the key aims of Brexit, which is to secure this country’s political and economic independence. This means, of course, that our laws are determined by elected politicians in the United Kingdom who are accountable to the British people.

Britain’s commitment to maintaining high labour, environment and climate standards now ensure we do not give the EU any say over our rules.

In areas such as the living wage, entitlements to sick pay, parental leave and annual leave, UK policy already goes further than EU requirements.

The Future Relationship Act represents the largest free trade agreement in history, not only allowing the UK full access to the EU but also the ability to strike trade deals globally, following recent agreements already signed with countries including Japan, Canada and Turkey.

Looking ahead to 2021; it is welcome that the start of the year has seen the roll-out of the UK-developed University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

On Monday the NHS began administering over half a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with 100 million doses secured in total. This is part of a national vaccination programme alongside the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which has already seen more people inoculated in the UK than the rest of Europe put together. Indeed Great Britain was first globally by several weeks in delivering COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens.

The Government’s plan to roll out vaccinations as swiftly as possible is well underway, with 1,000 vaccination sites up and running by the end of the week.

With this further welcome news on the vaccine we can see an end to the blight of Covid in sight. These are still challenging times but global Britain will deliver in 2021.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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