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‘Things have to change’ says Crawley Labour candidate as Labour pledge to pull NHS back from brink

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Labour has pledged a focus on the NHS in its first 100 days in government.

Labour say they will immediately undertake a full audit of risks revealed by recent research and prioritise capital spending – which they say they have already allocated – ensuring people and buildings are made safe.

Peter Lamb, Labour Leader at Crawley: Council and Parliamentary Candidate has said:

“There can be few who now doubt that our NHS is in crisis and on the brink of collapse.

“If clinicians know what needs fixing but there is no money then clearly things have to change. The Tories and Lib Dems have had nine years, we need a Labour government that will crack on and do it.

“The choice at this election is clear: we simply cannot afford five more years of the Tories running our health service into the ground. I’ve heard that time and again from local doctors here in Crawley during this campaign, they have been out on the streets supporting us.  They see people in Crawley waiting longer for cancer treatment and operations, and more young people are unable to access the mental health care they need. It cannot go on and only a Labour government on the side of patients and staff, with a real rescue plan for our NHS can turn things around.”

“So I welcome this pledge to address the issue within the first 100 days of a Labour government – because people’s health and saving our NHS has to be an absolute priority.  

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Brexit and a vaccine

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In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about Brexit and the new Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

As the UK entered the New Year it did so having finally delivered what Crawley and the country voted for in the Brexit referendum almost half a decade previously.

Last week I voted for the European Union (Future Relationship) Act which allows the British Government to implement and ratify the agreements secured between the UK and the EU.

With no role for the European Court of Justice and no requirements for the UK to continue to follow EU law, and no more payments of billions of pounds to Brussels, we fulfil one of the key aims of Brexit, which is to secure this country’s political and economic independence. This means, of course, that our laws are determined by elected politicians in the United Kingdom who are accountable to the British people.

Britain’s commitment to maintaining high labour, environment and climate standards now ensure we do not give the EU any say over our rules.

In areas such as the living wage, entitlements to sick pay, parental leave and annual leave, UK policy already goes further than EU requirements.

The Future Relationship Act represents the largest free trade agreement in history, not only allowing the UK full access to the EU but also the ability to strike trade deals globally, following recent agreements already signed with countries including Japan, Canada and Turkey.

Looking ahead to 2021; it is welcome that the start of the year has seen the roll-out of the UK-developed University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

On Monday the NHS began administering over half a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with 100 million doses secured in total. This is part of a national vaccination programme alongside the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which has already seen more people inoculated in the UK than the rest of Europe put together. Indeed Great Britain was first globally by several weeks in delivering COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens.

The Government’s plan to roll out vaccinations as swiftly as possible is well underway, with 1,000 vaccination sites up and running by the end of the week.

With this further welcome news on the vaccine we can see an end to the blight of Covid in sight. These are still challenging times but global Britain will deliver in 2021.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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