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Foreign Secretary shows his support to Conservative candidate with visit to Crawley

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Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley, Henry Smith, has welcomed the First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to the town (on Tuesday, 26 th November) to endorse his campaign to be re-elected as Member of Parliament for Crawley at the General Election on Thursday 12th December.

Henry said;

“I’m grateful to the Foreign Secretary for taking the time to come to Crawley and speak with local residents about some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.

“We discussed a number of different subjects including the plight of the Chagossian people; many of whom have made Crawley their home. They deserve the right to return to their homeland after being forcibly removed by Harold Wilson’s Labour Government.

“I was also pleased to put the concerns I’ve received in support of the people of Hong Kong directly to the Foreign Secretary. A number of Crawley residents have contacted me in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong using their rights to protest and vote. If I’m fortunate enough to be re-elected as Crawley MP I’ll continue to stand up for democracy at home and abroad.

“In contrast to some, I’ve always been unequivocal that the United Kingdom is a force for good around the world. For example, at the United Nations in September, the Prime Minister announced £515 million to help get over 12 million children – half of them girls – into school, boosting economic growth and improving women’s rights in some of the poorest countries in the world.

“Only with a majority Conservative Government will we see an outward-looking Global Britain on the international stage.”

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Victory in Europe Day 75 years on

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At 11am on Friday, 8th May, our nation will fall silent for two minutes, to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and in honour of all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

As the Royal British Legion have said, there is no right or wrong way to take part in the silence. Some people may choose to stand at the window or step outside the front door, and I encourage all in Crawley to spend this time to think of the events which took place three quarters of a century ago.

Alongside a host of television and radio broadcasts, the Royal British Legion have also developed a VE Day learning pack which is designed for seven to 14 year olds, with first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, interviews with veterans and a variety of activities to help families explore and commemorate VE Day together.

I am grateful to Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council for their work to ensure this important anniversary can be marked remotely given the current COVID-19 pandemic social distancing restrictions. This will include posting items on social media from the Crawley Library archives, as well as a range of resources available online from the West Sussex Record Office.

My thanks as well to St John’s Church, whose celebration service will also take place remotely on Friday.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the general election where I was first elected to Parliament. It is not lost on me that were it not for the bravery of those who defeated the threat to our freedom in the Second World War, we would not have a functioning democracy and a free country today.

When the clock strikes 11am on Friday my thoughts will be of the individuals from the UK and right across the free world who stood up for our way of life, including the service of those from what would soon become the New Town of Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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