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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.

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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.

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Victory in Europe Day 75 years on

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At 11am on Friday, 8th May, our nation will fall silent for two minutes, to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and in honour of all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

As the Royal British Legion have said, there is no right or wrong way to take part in the silence. Some people may choose to stand at the window or step outside the front door, and I encourage all in Crawley to spend this time to think of the events which took place three quarters of a century ago.

Alongside a host of television and radio broadcasts, the Royal British Legion have also developed a VE Day learning pack which is designed for seven to 14 year olds, with first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, interviews with veterans and a variety of activities to help families explore and commemorate VE Day together.

I am grateful to Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council for their work to ensure this important anniversary can be marked remotely given the current COVID-19 pandemic social distancing restrictions. This will include posting items on social media from the Crawley Library archives, as well as a range of resources available online from the West Sussex Record Office.

My thanks as well to St John’s Church, whose celebration service will also take place remotely on Friday.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the general election where I was first elected to Parliament. It is not lost on me that were it not for the bravery of those who defeated the threat to our freedom in the Second World War, we would not have a functioning democracy and a free country today.

When the clock strikes 11am on Friday my thoughts will be of the individuals from the UK and right across the free world who stood up for our way of life, including the service of those from what would soon become the New Town of Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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