Whilst I’ve been out and about across Crawley in recent weeks, much has been said in the national press about the General Election campaign currently taking place.
Perhaps the most striking was the news that two former Labour MPs are not only opposing Jeremy Corbyn, but are instead backing Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister.
This somewhat reflects a number of conversations I’ve been having on the doorstep with former Labour voters in Crawley. Hard-working and patriotic people who know that their values are not represented by Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott.
This is best represented on Brexit. We had a referendum three and a half years ago and the people of Crawley and our country voted to Leave. I led the Leave campaign in Crawley in 2016 and have continued to vote and voice in the House of Commons to ensure our EU exit.
On day one of the new parliament after the election, Boris Johnson has confirmed the House of Commons will start work to ensure Brexit finally takes place within weeks, almost before the Christmas turkey has gone cold!
In contrast, Labour’s offer is more dither, more delay and more division, without actually knowing what to do.
As part of a majority Conservative Government I will carry out Crawley’s vote to leave the EU without further delay; ensuring we take back control of our laws, borders and trade, whilst building on new opportunities across the world. This is not just about the UK’s independent sovereign future but respect for our democracy.
The choice is clear on 12th December. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to get Brexit done and invest responsibly in our public services. A vote for any other candidate lets in Labour and their reckless plans, risking skyrocketing spending and higher taxes for hard-working Crawley families.
Only the Conservatives can get Brexit done and get on with our project of sensible moderate, but tax-cutting, one nation conservatism, spreading opportunity and hope across the whole UK.
Let us unleash the potential of this country and take Great Britain forward.
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley
Henry Smith MP: Roll-out of vaccine is a feat our country can be proud of
The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is a feat which our country can be proud of. I am grateful for the dedication of NHS staff and all the workers and volunteers involved in protecting our nation at this time.
At locations throughout Sussex, including at Crawley Hospital, people are receiving Covid vaccines as part of our fightback against the virus.
There are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme locally and they are looking for people to play their part in the vaccine roll-out.
The NHS are calling for potential vaccinators and volunteers to help protect millions of people from Covid, and want people who are able to work as flexibly as possible, including at evenings and weekends. I am grateful to everyone who has signed up already with more opportunities still available.
If you would like to help or are interested in finding out more, please click here for information from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and click here if you are interested in other volunteering opportunities as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme.
Henry Smith MP