Signing the Book of Commitment
Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, reaffirming my support for their work and in honour of those who were murdered.
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on 27th January; which is the anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This is also a time to thank those survivors who continue to work relentlessly to help educate young people today.
At Prime Minister’s Questions this week, Theresa May said that Holocaust Memorial Day is a reminder to challenge and condemn prejudice and hatred wherever it is found.
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Torn From Home’; encouraging people to think about how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma facing anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.
This week, a bust of Captain Frank Foley, who worked for MI6 and was posted to Berlin, was unveiled at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In the 1930s, he used his position to issue visas for thousands of European Jews seeking to flee Nazi Germany. Visa rules at the time were strict, and Frank applied what could be described as imaginative discretion given the severity of the threat faced.
It falls to every single person in public life to condemn anti-Semitism, and work to end such hatred.
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Crawley MP welcomes almost £800k investment tackling potholes
Henry Smith MP has welcomed the new funding commitment from the Government to improve the condition of roads across the country – £771,759 will be provided to tackle pot holes in West Sussex.
This funding has been announced by the Department for Transport as part of a £200 million investment, including £50 million that will be provided directly to councils to address winter damage and flood resilience, as well as £151 million to reward examples of councils’ best practice – helping councils to invest in innovative technology that will improve the conditions of our roads.
“This new funding to tackle potholes and improve the condition of our roads is great news for businesses and people in Crawley who rely on the highway to get to work as well as to visit friends and family.
“This continued focus on improving transport infrastructure across the country will help boost the local economy and helping hard-working people in Crawley.”
This funding has been allocated to councils across the country, including in West Sussex, and is part of the £6.6 billion the Government is providing in the six years to 2021 to improve the state of roads across the country.
The Government are investing in our roads on an unprecedented scale, providing the biggest ever single cash injection to improve England’s roads, investing £29 billion to boost the local economy and help businesses and families reach their destination faster.