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Henry Smith MP: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

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It is often easy to take our democratic system and values for granted. However, a look to other parts of the world provide a reminder of how important it is that we appreciate the freedoms we have.

None of which, of course, would be possible without our Armed Forces who keep us safe. Our nation has perhaps never been more threatened than during the Second World War, which resulted in Victory in Europe almost 75 years ago.

On 8th May 2020, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, events will take place across the UK to commemorate the Allied Victory in Europe and give thanks to the Second World War generation and the sacrifices they made securing peace across the continent.

I join the Prime Minister in backing the Royal British Legion’s search for people from this generation who will rightly take centre stage at the commemorations in London, which will culminate in a procession down the Mall.

Applications are open until 2nd March via the Royal British Legion’s website. I urge veterans in Crawley to look into signing up, as our nation says thank you, three quarters of a century after the end of the war.

Further details of the programme to commemorate Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) on 15th August will be announced in due course. It is right that we use these moments of celebration to remember their sacrifice and show our gratitude.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith MP: Eat Out to Help Out

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One of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 has been our hospitality industry. While Crawley workers employed in this field have benefited from Government support such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the industry’s success going forward will depend on adhering to social distancing rules for a while to come and getting customers through the door.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see the Government support restaurants by reimbursing up to 50 per cent of people’s meals out, up to a maximum of £10 per person, at restaurants, pubs and cafes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The initiative will not only allow a discount on meals, but will help provide security to those workers whose livelihoods depend on people going out to eat.

Up to 165 businesses in Crawley could benefit from this programme, which will see money paid within five working days.

Participating establishments will be published on the Government website, GOV.UK, so we can all see who is taking part.

Other measures announced by the Chancellor at the Summer Economic Update include a VAT cut for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for six months. Up to 370 companies could stand to benefit from this support in Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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