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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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“We will get through this”: Crawley MP Henry Smith addresses the town over the coronavirus pandemic

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Crawley MP Henry Smith has spoken exclusively to Crawley News 24 as worry grows around the coronavirus pandemic.

In his video address Mr Smith talked about concerns that businesses of all size in the town were facing.

He also spoke about vulnerable people and how he was looking to support those, be it with food deliveries or help with situations that they need assistance with.

He also spoke about the problems with panic buying.

He said:

“Please don’t panic buy, the government and the supermarkets are working together to ensure there will be a supply of food and essential items throughout the coming weeks of this extrordinary crisis situation.”

He goes on to talk about how he has been seeking to reflect the concerns of individuals in the town to government and how measures were starting to come through.

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