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Remembering and Recognising Our Veterans

On Sunday we commemorated Remembrance Sunday and on Monday Armistice Day. This is something that as a nation we’ve been doing well for decades, coming together in recognising and reflecting on the sacrifice of the fallen. Until the last decade or so, our country had been a bit slower in giving our Veterans the recognition and status they deserve.

An Opportunity to Move On with Health, Education and Law and Order Priorities

After 2.5 years of opposition parties in parliament trying to subvert democracy, we now finally have an opportunity to break the deadlock and move our country forward. Labour have consistently put their own narrow short-term political advantage first, instead of getting Brexit sorted by refusing any deal agreed with the EU. They even held out against a general election to break the deadlock, but had to succumb once other opposition parties agreed to one. This general election is an opportunity to break the deadlock with a deal ready to be agreed by a new parliament, so that we can then focus solely on the domestic issues that matter to all of us.

A New Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis

About 10,500 people in the UK have Cystic Fibrosis. It is a genetic lung condition that affects roughly 1 in every 2,500 babies. For those affected, average life expectancy is a very low 37 years, although this is much greater than what it used to be. I have always been aware of it because tragically, my cousin was born with cystic fibrosis and died aged just 18. This was thirty years ago when treatments were not as good as today.

Improving Our Transport Infrastructure

Crawley’s location and our transport links, both within our town and to travel outwards, are one of the many good things about living here. We also have the nation’s second largest airport within our Borough while not being too far from the first. Our location and transport links are a key factor in our local economic success. Conversely, congestion hampers our local economy as well taking up our time and being bad for the environment.

Investing In Our NHS

At some poi nt in our lives, all of us will need to use our National Health Service. Even if we fortunate to have good health, it is reassuring to know that the NHS is there for us should we unexpectedly need it. The NHS is always there for us, is always free at the point of use, and will always continue to be so.

A Positive, One-Nation Conservative Agenda

Last week saw several announcements from Boris Johnson’s One-Nation Conservative government that reflect people’s concerns and priorities. I would like to highlight some of these policies that I believe will be of interest to Crawley residents.

Conservative Success In Crawley

It is a well-known fact that local elections tend to go against the political party that is in government. Here in Crawley, this happened to us Conservatives during John Major’s government of 1990 - 1997, when we were reduced to just two Crawley Borough Councillors.

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and Hyperbole

The old phrase of “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” was coined by Mark Twain to describe the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments. I won’t be disingenuous and pretend that all political parties don’t select statistics that suit their narratives, because they do, but some parties stretch credibility and the truth to ridiculous limits.

Addressing Our Parking Issues

I only need to speak to a few Crawley residents before the issue of neighbourhood parking comes up. Poor neighbourhood planning by Crawley Borough Council in the past with a lack of foresight about future car ownership laid the foundations for today’s problems in many Crawley streets, but more recent actions (and inaction) has only made the problem worse.

A Strong Economy supporting Investment in Public Services

The government’s spending review announced last week did not get much publicity, but assuming it gets through a disruptive parliament controlled by the opposition that is serving itself and not the people who elected them, we can look forward to greater investment in our public services.