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Henry Smith MP: Debating the Queen’s Speech

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One week after the General Election in December, the Queen’s Speech took place in the House of Lords chamber. While read out by Her Majesty, the document is of course written by the government of the day, and outlines the legislation it wants to put to Parliament in the coming year or two.

This last week has seen the Queen’s Speech debated by MPs. With priorities including delivery of Brexit, enshrining in law the largest ever NHS funding settlement and making sure serious offenders serve proper custodial sentences, I support the agenda and look forward to voting in favour of it in the days ahead.

The Speech includes proposals to make it law that an extra £33.9 billion every year by 2023-24 goes to the National Health Service. The NHS Funding Bill was introduced in the House of Commons earlier this week, and is due to be debated in Parliament later this month.

On Monday I spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate, about Britain’s role in the post-Brexit world. Decisions taken at home can support Global Britain abroad and so in turn help our nation be more prosperous and secure.

The last three and a half years saw our country go to the polls for one referendum and two general elections, needing to make clear on three separate occasions that Crawley and our United Kingdom support leaving the European Union.

In my speech I reiterated Crawley’s consistent position on this issue, and the wider sense of British fair play and democracy.

One such example is though support for the right of the Chagossian people – many of whom have made Crawley their home – to return to their homeland. We can still do right for those wronged by the Harold Wilson government half a century ago.

Britain is at its best as an outward-looking, ambitious, free-trading country, promoting liberty, the environment and justice around the world. The best years of Britain as a global nation lie ahead of us.

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Crawley Constituency

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Crawley MP questions Prime Minister over furlough scheme extension

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Crawley MP Henry Smith has questioned the Prime Minister in the House of Commons over the future of the Government’s furlough programme.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions (on Wednesday, 3rd June), the Crawley MP called on Boris Johnson to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme beyond its conclusion at the end of October.

Henry said;

“The aviation sector was one of the first to be negatively impacted by COVID-19 and will likely be one of the slowest to recover, therefore air industry employees need further protection.

“It’s with this in mind that last week I set up the Future of Aviation Group, alongside other MPs lobbying Government for further assistance for this sector and who want to see a vibrant aviation industry return for the benefit of consumers, businesses and the overall UK economy.”

The Crawley MP has been making numerous representation to Government in support of the Crawley and Gatwick economy.

Henry continued;

“My work standing up for the Crawley and Gatwick aviation sector doesn’t stop just because some lockdown measures are being eased.

“In recent days I’ve been in contact with the Chairman of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee in support of his application for a debate on issues affecting aviation sector staff, and I’m supporting representations being made by Unite the Union with HM Treasury regarding the future of the furlough scheme.”

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