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‘Is Crawley Leader on a power trip?” – local Councillor asks

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Following the news that a Labour Councillor left the party to go independent, in turn creating a no majority party council, Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera has penned a response.

Cllr Guidera writes

“Cllr Karen Sudan publicly accused Crawley Council Leader Cllr Peter Lamb yesterday.

She wrote:

“The Coronavirus crisis made it even more important for there to be input from all Councillors and at the outset I suggested setting up a crisis committee (which could, and perhaps should, involve opposition members. Their residents have as much right to representation as others). The Council Leader dismissed this suggestion, even though there was support for it from other Labour members. He said that councillors have no role to play in the current crisis, and he has acted unilaterally all along.”

So Peter now stands accused by his own colleague of disregarding his Labour colleagues and disregarding the 17 Conservative councillors at a time when we should all have been working together during this terrible crisis for the benefit of all Crawley residents.

Right now we need to be working together. We must be discussing the future of the town, how to save jobs, how to support the economy, that’s what we’re elected to do!

Crawley faces the biggest multifaceted crisis in its history and we have a leader of 17 Labour Councillors who allegedly doesn’t want to involve many of them and all of the 17 Conservative Councillors!?!

Making it worse is the reality that if we’d had the May election I am almost certain we would have taken control of the council and Labour would not be in power.

This Thursday, 2nd of July, Peter will host yet another live video Facebook Q&A on the Crawley Borough Council Facebook page. I’m sure you have questions for him…”

Henry Smith

‘Stop needless suffering of live animal exports’ says Crawley MP

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In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith shows his support for Animal Welfare.

‘I am often contacted by Crawley residents who want to see our nation provide greater animal welfare protections, particularly given the opportunities in this regard upon exiting the European Union’s single market.

As a Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare and a Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, I wholeheartedly agree.

One key area of opportunity is to stop needless suffering of live animals which are being exported for slaughter.

Along with parliamentary colleagues I have campaigned on this issue for some years, with successive UK governments not able to tackle the issue due to the constraints of EU membership.

With the end of the Brexit transition on the horizon, it is right that this Government is looking to the future. The Environment Secretary has launched a consultation aiming to ban live animal exports.

In addition to reducing the risk of potentially severe harms faced by animals being transported due to injury and maltreatment, this would also mean that these animals will no longer have to rely on the welfare laws of other countries, which may fall short of the standards expected in the UK.

Ministers are also consulting on proposals to ensure improvements to animal welfare in transport such as reduced maximum journey times, more space for animals and tighter rules on transporting animals in extreme temperatures.

The Government consultation ‘Improvements to animal welfare in transport’ is open until 28th January 2021. Please click here for more information and to make a submission.’

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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