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We must keep Crawley’s streets safe says Conservative Candidate Henry Smith

Conservative candidate Henry Smith says that people need to feel safe once again on the streets.



In a letter the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Henry Smith has penned he says ‘One of the most important issues facing our nation is the action taken to keep our streets safe.’

He goes on to say:

“The General Election on Thursday 12th December is a choice between Boris Johnson’s work – which has already started – to recruit 20,000 more police officers, and Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson’s soft approach on crime.

As part of the Prime Minister’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers, Sussex is to receive an extra 379, with 129 in the first phase alone.

Inaccurate comments by other election candidates in Crawley have been made recently, but the fact remains that over the last five years officer numbers in Crawley have remained stable; a point I recently discussed with the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

In this meeting I reiterated my support for the Government’s plans to strengthen police numbers. This was an issue I raised with the Prime Minister on his first full day in office, and is an issue I will continue to pursue if I am fortunate enough to be re-elected next month.

I have highlighted the importance of tackling county lines drugs gangs, and recently Boris Johnson announced new measures to end the scourge of knife crime and to make our streets safer.

The criminal justice system will be tasked with developing a swifter response to those carrying knives, so that simple possession cases arising from a stop and search are brought to court quickly. Such cases should not take weeks to appear in court, and a majority Conservative Government will establish new procedures and allocate new prosecutors to ensure that adult suspects are charged within 24 hours and have their first court appearance within days, not weeks.

The choice is clear: Boris Johnson’s action to increase police officer numbers, or entrusting Diane Abbott to keep our streets safe.


Conservatives win Crawley by increased majority

With a lead of 8,360 the Conservatives have increased their lead of Labour in Crawley.



Henry Smith has won the Crawley seat by increasing his lead of Labour considerably.

The full results were:

Conservative: 27,040

Labour: 18,680

Lib Dems: 2,728

Green Party: 1,451

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