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Henry Smith MP: Marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith remembers D-Day.

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In the days ahead, the eyes of the western world will be on Portsmouth and Normandy, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944 to liberate north west Europe from German occupation.

This was an international effort, with Allied forces consisting primarily of American, British and Canadian troops. The international focus on remembrance is therefore not only appropriate, but right.

There are also thoughts and thanks to be given closer to home. I have enjoyed reading about Eric Strange, now 95, who is from Crawley and served as a Sub Lieutenant in the Navy, sailing from Portsmouth on D-Day.

The importance of remembering what has been given for our freedom is not lost on me. The Palace of Westminster was bombed during the Second World War, and the arch leading to the House of Commons chamber was rebuilt at Churchill’s suggestion, from the original bomb-scarred stone.

This continues to offer a reminder to myself and other MPs, and indeed to a whole range of visitors to Parliament, of the impact of war and the strength of those who emerged victorious.

On Thursday 6th June I will take a moment to think of Eric and his comrades who were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice; without whom the freedoms and democracy we enjoy today would not exist.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith MP: The next Prime Minister

In his weekly article, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about who he is supporting to be the next Prime Minister.

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Every time the British people have been asked for a view on Brexit, their position has been clear.

The 2016 referendum result delivered the largest vote in British history to leave the EU, the 2017 general election saw 589 MPs elected to Parliament on promises to deliver Brexit, with these positions only being reinforced by the results of the European Parliament elections last month.

With this in mind I am supporting Boris Johnson to be the next Leader of the Conservative Party and UK Prime Minister, as he will deliver the people’s decision on Brexit without further delay.

I believe we will leave with a deal that is good for the future of the UK as well as our EU partners, and this is what I will continue to support in Parliament.

Of course, there also has to be a focus on policy beyond Britain’s departure from the EU. An important example is Boris Johnson’s pledge that he will ensure all secondary schools in England will spend at least £5,000 per pupil.

In addition, he is speaking to people’s aspiration for our country’s future prosperity, an enhanced environment and British global confidence. This is why I am supporting Boris Johnson to be the next Prime Minister of our nation.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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