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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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Henry Smith: Securing a better future

In his article this week, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Henry Smith talks about securing and growing jobs for all.

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One of the darkest themes of the last few months has been to witness Labour’s attitude towards business. Jeremy Corbyn just sees opportunities to increase taxation, and in Crawley the Labour-run Borough Council seeks to hike neighbourhood parade rents by as much as 30 per cent.

Such an attitude ignores the fact that our businesses are the wealth creators and the employment providers that towns such as ours should be looking for, not turning away.

Since 2010, over 7,600 more jobs have been created in our town. Our economy, employment and earnings continue to grow. Fewer regulations and lower tax burdens under a Conservative Government are what can enable companies to take on more staff.

Indeed, over the last nine and a half years we have seen the number of businesses in Crawley grow by over 1,000. Our town has one of the highest average salaries nationally with people taxed less and wages growing faster than inflation.

The Conservative Government has created 3.7 million jobs including over 466,000 more jobs in the south east of England. We must not let Labour throw all that hard work away.

Next week, our town must decide. A Conservative government led by Boris Johnson that gets Brexit done, and focuses on people’s priorities like creating jobs and backing the NHS and our schools. Or Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister, and an economy buckling under the strain of soaring borrowing and the chaos of another two referendums.

We know that every Labour government has left office with higher unemployment than when they came in. A Corbyn-led Labour administration would see everyone paying an extra £2,400 a year in tax to fund their reckless spending plans – this is the equivalent of an entire month’s pay for the average worker.

A majority Conservative Government will mean a brighter future. Soon after taking office, Boris Johnson announced an increase in the National Living Wage to two thirds of average earnings, currently forecast at £10.50 an hour – and widening its reach to everyone over 21.

This will mean an average pay rise of £4,000 per year for four million people by 2024.

This is the better future we can secure for our town and our country.

Henry Smith
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley

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