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Henry Smith MP: Our thanks on Armed Forces Day

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about how veterans should not feel isolated when they leave the Armed Forces.

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Saturday marked Armed Forces Day. While this official day to highlight support for our Armed Forces is a relatively recent concept, the strength of feeling towards those who ensure our freedoms is nothing new.

Our nation’s gratitude and thanks should not end when an individual leaves the Armed Forces. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that service leavers will receive a new ID card to mark their time serving our country.

Not only will this allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career, but it will assist in accessing support from the NHS, their local authority and charities.

The Armed Forces Covenant is our country’s commitment to those who protect our nation with honour and courage. Thousands of businesses and organisations have signed up, with the Government going further to ensure that our universities do the same, so that veterans and their families are not met with barriers when accessing education.

Many people will have seen the new housing development on the former Kilnmead car park in Northgate, next to the Crawley Army Reserve Centre.

It is with pride that the street housing these new properties will be named John Brackpool Close. Private Brackpool hailed from Crawley and died in action serving our country in Afghanistan in 2009, at the age of just 27. The flats as part of this new development will be named John Brackpool Court.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith: ‘The choice is clear this General Election’

In his article this week Henry Smith puts forward his case of why Crawley should vote for him.

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Whilst I’ve been out and about across Crawley in recent weeks, much has been said in the national press about the General Election campaign currently taking place.

Perhaps the most striking was the news that two former Labour MPs are not only opposing Jeremy Corbyn, but are instead backing Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister.

This somewhat reflects a number of conversations I’ve been having on the doorstep with former Labour voters in Crawley. Hard-working and patriotic people who know that their values are not represented by Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott.

This is best represented on Brexit. We had a referendum three and a half years ago and the people of Crawley and our country voted to Leave. I led the Leave campaign in Crawley in 2016 and have continued to vote and voice in the House of Commons to ensure our EU exit.

On day one of the new parliament after the election, Boris Johnson has confirmed the House of Commons will start work to ensure Brexit finally takes place within weeks, almost before the Christmas turkey has gone cold!

In contrast, Labour’s offer is more dither, more delay and more division, without actually knowing what to do.

As part of a majority Conservative Government I will carry out Crawley’s vote to leave the EU without further delay; ensuring we take back control of our laws, borders and trade, whilst building on new opportunities across the world. This is not just about the UK’s independent sovereign future but respect for our democracy.

The choice is clear on 12th December. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to get Brexit done and invest responsibly in our public services. A vote for any other candidate lets in Labour and their reckless plans, risking skyrocketing spending and higher taxes for hard-working Crawley families.

Only the Conservatives can get Brexit done and get on with our project of sensible moderate, but tax-cutting, one nation conservatism, spreading opportunity and hope across the whole UK.

Let us unleash the potential of this country and take Great Britain forward.

Henry Smith
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley

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