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Henry Smith MP accuses Crawley Council Leader of ‘political narrow-mindedness’

“To remove Crawley from the joint effort to better serve people seems like personal petulance”, says Crawley MP.

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Crawley MP Henry Smith has today posted on social media, showing a letter he’s sent to the Leader of Crawley Borough Council which asks him to ‘work constructively with local partners’.

The letter comes following previous communication between Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb and West Sussex County Council.

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Mr Lamb sent a letter (dated 5 September) to Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, which stated:

“Until such time as West Sussex Changes its course we will be withdrawing from West Sussex Leader Board activities and while honouring current agreements, we will be taking no further steps towards joint working the county.

“We simply cannot work with people who believe such actions to be moral.”

His tweet, which was published alongside the letter, seemed to support this statement, “informing them that these cuts will mark an end in their relationship” with Crawley Borough Council.

Further clashes between the two councils arose on Wednesday after West Sussex County Council announced they held a meeting with local council leaders to talk about the proposed cuts, without Crawley Borough Council.

This led to Peter Lamb filing a formal complaint as he took issue with the wording used by West Sussex Council in their statement. Read more here.

Today, Henry Smith MP addressed Peter Lamb’s move to withdraw from West Sussex Leader Board activities. He says this decision seems like ‘personal petulance’ and ‘political narrow-mindedness’.

He goes on to ask the Leader of Crawley Borough Council to ‘reconsider’:

“On behalf of local residents I would be grateful if you would reconsider, and work together so we can ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected.”

Mr Smith’s Tweet presenting the letter, reads:

“I’m calling on #Crawley Borough Council to work constructively with local partners, not withdraw from cooperation – our town’s housing authority should be a leading voice in West Sussex.”

Read the letter in full below:

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Henry Smith MP: Roll-out of vaccine is a feat our country can be proud of

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The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is a feat which our country can be proud of. I am grateful for the dedication of NHS staff and all the workers and volunteers involved in protecting our nation at this time.

At locations throughout Sussex, including at Crawley Hospital, people are receiving Covid vaccines as part of our fightback against the virus.

There are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme locally and they are looking for people to play their part in the vaccine roll-out.

The NHS are calling for potential vaccinators and volunteers to help protect millions of people from Covid, and want people who are able to work as flexibly as possible, including at evenings and weekends. I am grateful to everyone who has signed up already with more opportunities still available.

If you would like to help or are interested in finding out more, please click here for information from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and click here if you are interested in other volunteering opportunities as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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