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Henry Smith MP: supporting England and Soccer Aid

In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about UNICEF, and how Soccer Aid helps it to support children in some of the poorest parts of the world.



When England’s World Cup campaign begins in just over a week’s time, the eyes of the world will be on one of Crawley’s own in the England dug-out.

My best wishes to Gareth Southgate – who grew up in our town, attended Pound Hill Junior and Hazelwick Schools, and married at Worth Church – and his team. Come on England!

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Before the tournament starts, the biennial Soccer Aid game takes place on Sunday (10th June) at Old Trafford, where a team of England celebrities and football legends take on a side from the Rest of the World. This is all in aid of UNICEF, who supply vaccines reaching 40 per cent of the world’s children, deliver 80 per cent of the world’s life-saving food, and have provided cleaner water and sanitation for families in more than 107 countries.

Over the last 12 years, £24 million has been raised through Soccer Aid to help UNICEF support children in some of the poorest parts of the world. Assistance has included 13.8 million people with improved drinking water and 11.3 million getting better sanitation.

Donations to UNICEF as part of this year’s Soccer Aid will be matched by the UK Government (up to the value of £5 million) to support UNICEF’s work for children in Swaziland and Lesotho.

In Parliament I continue to call for greater transparency in the international aid system, and recently questioned the International Development Secretary in the House of Commons over the action of the UK Government to ensure that other countries pay their fair share towards international development.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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Crawley MP speaks out ahead of no confidence vote

With the debate raging on in the House Of Commons, the local MP Henry Smith have spoken out about why he voted against the PM’s deal and how he will be voting tonight.



Henry Smith says:

Having listened carefully to the House of Commons debate regarding the Prime Minister’s UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, I voted against this deal last night.

That arrangement would actually have ceded sovereignty, particularly through the so-called backstop arrangement, which the UK would not have been able to leave unilaterally. This deal did not deliver the Brexit which a majority of Crawley and national voters wanted in their referendum decision.

Tonight, Parliament will decide whether it has confidence in the Government. I will not vote to risk the progress which has taken place since 2010. Investment in our NHS which has seen services return to Crawley Hospital, with a new long-term plan recently published which will see an extra £394 million a week for our health service, has taken place under the Conservatives.

Employment has hit a record high under this Government and wages are rising at their fastest pace in a decade. While full and permanent jobs account for 75 per cent of employment there is still work to be done to ensure even more people have the security of a regular pay packet.

Throughout his whole political career, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has consistently aided those against the British national interest. I will not give him an opportunity to take these views to Downing Street.

His policies would most hurt those they claim to help; seeing increased taxes, driving wages down and reducing jobs and investment in our country.

Over the last week alone, the Labour Leader failed five times to say whether he would campaign to leave or remain in the European Union.

It should be remembered that over the last three years Parliament has been given its instructions from the British people; the referendum result with a clear decision in favour of leaving the EU, and the last general election where 589 MPs were elected on a pledge to deliver Brexit.

Theresa May’s EU deal was unambitious, but I will not risk the people’s Brexit, so will vote in Parliament tonight in favour of the Conservative Government of economic growth with a record of delivery.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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