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Henry Smith: It’s all about promoting our democracy

In his latest article for CN24, MP Henry Smith talks about how people should get involved in local politics and utilise their right to vote.

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The first National Democracy Week will take place this year from 2nd to 8th July. To help mark the 100th anniversary of the first women being granted the right to vote in this country, the National Democracy Week Awards will also take place with a deadline for nominations on 27th May.

This new Government initiative seeks to recognise people of prominence in democratic engagement and anyone may nominate any individual, organisation or group.

The nominations are split into four groups: Young Advocate of the Year, Diversity Champion of the Year, Changemaker of the Year and Collaboration of the Year.

As part of UK Parliament Week last November, I met with the Rivers Learning Project Community at Crawley Civic Hall; an organisation I helped to launch in 2015 and one which focuses on the empowerment of disadvantaged women in Crawley. Their work is of great importance, and my role as MP for Crawley is to involve and engage local people in the democratic process.

It is also my pleasure to welcome local school pupils to the House of Commons and visit classrooms in Crawley to engage directly with the leaders of tomorrow.

Representing Crawley in Parliament is an honour. With our democracy being renowned around the world, I will continue to speak with schools and community groups in Crawley to champion the importance of getting involved in the political process and utilising the right to vote.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith: Christmas Card Competition a great success

This year, I once again launched my annual Crawley Christmas card competition, writing to every primary school in town inviting local pupils to submit a design to adorn my official MP Christmas card.

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Whenever I visit Crawley schools it’s always fantastic to see the range of artworks on display, and this wonderful quality has been shown again in the entries I’ve received in this year’s card competition.

It’s clear that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Crawley! The entries have really captured the feeling and spirit of the festive season; from vivid drawings of Father Christmas and his sleigh, to Christmas trees and snowmen.

It was extremely difficult to select a winner and the runners-up, and I look forward to congratulating them in person to thank them for their efforts in the coming weeks.

As a token of my gratitude I’ll be taking the winner, runners-up and their families on a personal tour of the Houses of Parliament.

I would like to thank every child that took the time to send me their card design, and wish them and their families a very Merry Christmas!

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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