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Making our Public Life More Representative

The Conservatives have a proud tradition of firsts when it comes to women in politics. In 1919 it was Conservative Nancy Astor who was the female MP to take her seat in Parliament. 1970 saw Betty Harvie Anderson become the first female Deputy Speaker of the Commons. 1975 saw Margaret Thatcher become the first female Leader of the Opposition, going on to become our first female Prime Minister in 1979. Last year saw Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani become the first female Muslim minister to speak at the despatch box.

Henry Smith MP to introduce Chagos Islands British Nationality Bill

Crawley MP Henry Smith will introduce legislation in the House of Commons next week to allow individuals descended from the Chagos Islands to register as British citizens in recognition of the fact that their parents and grandparents were forcibly exiled from this UK Overseas Territory.

Crawley MP welcomes Winter Funding Boost for Local Health Services

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the Government’s multi-million pound investment in local healthcare this winter, as it emerged that the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) had been granted up to an additional £1,687,000 of funding to help cope with winter pressures.