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Henry Smith: Taking pride in our community

In his article today Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about with election day the town should take pride in its community.

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Our town goes to the polls today – Thursday 2nd May. Unusually for Crawley, every seat on the Borough Council is up for election, giving us the chance to change the future direction of our community.

As I go across town, in addition to the issues raised with me by concerned residents, I have seen for myself that the Borough Council’s current leadership have failed to keep Crawley clean and tidy. Sending out press releases on the subject is no substitute for issuing fines for littering.

Hard-working Crawley Conservative councillors will take pride in our community, and will ensure action against such anti-social behaviour.

Figures released this week show that over 700 Crawley families have been able to realise their dream of home ownership thanks to the Government’s Help to Buy ISA and equity loan initiatives.

This is a contrast to Labour’s record, such as the £1.4 million from the sale of council houses which was meant to be spent on new homes in Crawley but actually wasn’t.

The Council’s leadership have also gone over budget on a botched IT project. Conservative councillors will not lose sight of the fact that Council funds are actually the hard-earned money of local taxpayers.

A vote for local Conservative candidates on Thursday is a vote for a better Crawley.

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Backing our NHS in Parliament

In his article Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the Queen’s Speech debate in Parliament

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Regardless of background, we will all need the NHS at some point in our lives. It is right that last week’s (Wednesday, 23rd October) Queen’s Speech debate in Parliament was dedicated to this public service.

I welcome the Government’s additional £33.9 billion of funding support for our health service. In recent years we have seen health provision return to Crawley, but there remains more to do.

On issues such as GP access, I call on the Government to address waiting times, as the Prime Minister pledged on the steps of Downing Street almost 100 days ago.

It is right that mental health is being treated on a par with physical health, and I am pleased that schools in Crawley will be part of a pilot initiative where new specialist Mental Health Support Teams will work alongside school counsellors and provide one-to-one support to pupils.

As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer, it is right that the Government are committed to making sure that 75 per cent of cancers are diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 by 2028.

Blood cancer is, of course, different to solid tumour cancers, and is much more difficult to detect. I will continue my call for the Department of Health & Social Care and the NHS to consider blood cancer patients when taking action to tackle the scourge of cancer.

Last week I welcomed Bloodwise to Parliament for the launch of the charity’s ‘Delays Expected’ report. Delays to diagnosis can have a huge impact on mental health, treatment options and chances of survival; it is vital that urgent action is taken to help save lives.

The research highlights NHS data that shows three in 10 people with blood cancer are only diagnosed when their symptoms need emergency treatment. By backing our GPs we can improve patient outcomes.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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