Battling Against Extremism

Extremes in politics are clearly not a good thing. I was first elected as Councillor for Furnace Green in 2003 in an election that also saw the first BNP (British National Party) candidate stand for election in Crawley, gaining 15% of the vote. Subsequent years saw more BNP candidates stand in local elections both in Crawley and across the country.

Crawley Borough Council Electoral Boundaries - Fair is Best

Last week a Full Council meeting took place at Crawley Borough Council. The main item for debate was a vote on a preferred future warding pattern to formally submit as part of a local government boundary review that is taking place for Crawley Borough Council.

Respect Pledge for local elections

Today (3 March 2018) the Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis unveiled the Party’s Respect Pledge. The pledge will apply to all Conservative candidates standing in the local elections this year, ensuring they behave responsibly throughout the election.

Crawley MP supports NCT's #HiddenHalf Campaign

Crawley MP Henry Smith attended a parliamentary event to support the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) #HiddenHalf campaign to get post-natal mental illness out of hiding.

Henry Smith MP welcomes Ban on Ivory Sales

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed confirmation from the Environment Secretary, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, that the UK will introduce a ban on ivory sales.

Beyond the Verge of Acceptability

Across the town, there are two issues that consistently get raised with my Councillor colleagues and I, that being neighbourhood parking and damaged grass verges. These two issues are for the most part interlinked and have been going on for years. Damaged and muddy grass verges are at their worst in early spring after months of being unable to dry out.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Last week saw another terrible terrorist attack in Europe, this time in the south of France. Sadly, France has suffered very badly from terror in recent years and we stand shoulder to shoulder with our French allies in the face of such evil attacks on their country, in the same way they support us in the wake of the chemical weapon attack in Salisbury.