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Defence Investment in Crawley

I was very pleased to see that part of the £410 million RAF military transport contract has been awarded to defence contractor Thales, which has a major site at Manor Royal here in Crawley. This contract is a further boost for our local economy and is further evidence that Crawley continues to prosper after the Brexit vote. This contract is a sign of the Conservative government investing in our Armed Forces, in the UK defence industry and in Crawley. In stark contrast, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour councillors at Crawley Town Hall have an ongoing boycott against the British Defence Industry, including disgracefully against companies here in Crawley.

Crawley MP Hails NCS Graduates

Henry Smith MP was at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Friday evening (25th November) to honour graduates of the Crawley Town Community Foundation’s Autumn 2016 National Citizen Service programme.

A Happy and Peaceful Christmas

I was struck by the recent passing of Greg Lake, who sadly died on the 7th of December, just a couple of weeks before Christmas. I wasn’t familiar with his other music but I did know his famous Christmas hit of 1975, I Believe in Father Christmas. Although this song is often categorised as a Christmas song, this was not his intention. He said that he wrote the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas. This was 41 years ago and nowadays I barely hear anyone mention Christmas being too commercialised because it now just seems to be accepted. If anything, the media’s measure of the success of any Christmas seems based on how busy the shops are and how much they sell.

Henry Smith MP Welcomes Southern Rail Compensation Measures

Henry Smith MP has welcomed a new multi-million pound scheme for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) passengers to claim compensation for ongoing disruption on the network, as he continues to hold the Department for Transport to account.