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Henry Smith MP: Working with Macmillan Cancer Support in Crawley and Westminster

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about his work with Macmillan.

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Last week I met Macmillan Cancer Support clinicians, nurses and staff at Crawley Hospital to thank them for their dedication in supporting patients locally.

I never tire of hearing about their amazing work helping people with cancer, and of the wider help they provide to patients and their support networks.

In July I was pleased to join Macmillan in Parliament as they celebrated their partnership with the National Health Service, while marking the NHS’ 70th birthday.

The Government should work closely with Macmillan to help create a health system able to provide the best possible support for people living with cancer when they most need it.

In 2018 I was pleased to secure and lead two parliamentary debates on cancer care. I took this opportunity to highlight Macmillan’s work for people with all chronic and terminal conditions. It was also a pleasure to pop in to the Macmillan Coffee Morning in Redz Bar at the Broadfield Stadium!

I welcome the NHS Long-Term Plan aiming to increase the proportion of cancers diagnosed at an early stage, from around half now to three quarters of cancer patients by 2028. In ten years’ time these reforms could see 55,000 more people survive cancer each year.

Enhanced mental health support is also vital to help cancer patients who are undergoing treatment, as well as those facing uncertainty while waiting for their treatment to start. Organisations such as Macmillan undertake important work to help all patients and they are thoroughly deserving of our support.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency R�

Henry Smith

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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