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Henry Smith MP: Time to reflect on those who cannot celebrate the festive season

In his first article of 2019, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about Open Doors World Watch List.

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One of the most important events in my parliamentary calendar takes place later this month. Wednesday 16th January marks the launch of this year’s Open Doors World Watch List.

The World Watch List is a detailed record of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. Overall, the level of persecution has risen for the fifth year in a row, and being open about what you believe in can lead to beatings, imprisonment, discrimination and abuse. Last year’s list named North Korea the most dangerous country to worship openly.

I am grateful to the Crawley residents who have contacted me in support of Open Doors’ work, not just at this time but all year round. Ahead of the publication of the 2018 report I was pleased to speak in the House of Commons in support of the charity’s efforts standing up for persecuted Christians around the world.

A few years ago I visited Iraqi refugees, listening to individuals affected as a result of the Syrian and Iraqi civil wars. In addition to a greater insight into the horrors of Daesh/ISIS, the visit also highlighted how we must cherish the freedoms we hold dear.

As we approach the twelfth day of Christmas, it is important to reflect on those who have not been able to celebrate the festive season, and who do not have decorations to take down. These are representations I will continue to make with the Prime Minister.

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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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