Speeches in Parliament

Crawley MP reaffirms support for Christian Charity

Henry Smith MP has spoken in the House of Commons in support of Open Doors, an organisation committed to supporting persecuted Christians in parts of the world who do not have the freedom of religion enjoyed in the UK.

Henry Smith MP champions Chagos Call

Henry Smith MP has spoken in Parliament calling for the right of Chagos Islanders, living in Crawley and around the world, to return to their homeland in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Henry said;

“After all these years, it’s still difficult to comprehend how the British Government, then led by Harold Wilson, could forcibly remove the Chagos islanders – British citizens – from where they were born.

“One of the responsibilities I’ve felt in public life is to do what I can to ensure they have the right to return to their homeland. A point I raised in Westminster Hall yesterday was that I’ve never met a member of the Chagossian community in Crawley who did not want this right.

“This issue continues to receive cross-party support in Parliament. I’m grateful to Conservative, Labour, SNP and DUP colleagues who spoke in support of the right of return yesterday, and to all who are members of the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group, which I’m honoured to be a vice chair of.

“I’m proudly patriotic, but I recognise that this is a shameful part of our country’s history. While we can’t change the past, I continue to call on the Government to do the right thing – the British thing – now.

“I want to thank everyone who took the time to travel from Crawley to Westminster to watch the debate live – we’ll keep fighting for you.”

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Henry Smith MP praises BBC Local Radio

Crawley MP Henry Smith has spoken in the House of Commons (on Tuesday, 18th October), during a debate on the Draft BBC Charter and Draft Framework Agreement, in support of BBC local radio in Sussex and Surrey.

Henry Smith MP supports Defence Secretary over Fight Against Daesh

 Henry Smith MP has asked the Defence Secretary in the House of Commons about the UK’s alliances around the world and international efforts in defeating Daesh (Islamic State), on Monday, 20th July. Henry said; “While the UK has a role to play in the fight against the horrors of Daesh, it is important that we work alongside our strategic allies in the region. “I am grateful to the Defence Secretary for providing an update to the House of Commons on how the international community must work together to defeat this evil from our world.” Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, gave a speech in Birmingham on the UK Government’s plans to address extremism. Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley, asked the Secretary of State for Defence; “I welcome the statement by my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary. What recent discussions has he had with other Muslim nations in the Middle East on our common alliance against the evil of Daesh?” The Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, responded; “I and the Foreign Secretary have regular discussions with leaders in the Middle East.  “I recently met the King of Jordan, I speak to other leaders on the phone, and I shall be visiting the Middle East in a couple of weeks. They are very aware that the effort to defeat ISIL has to be led from within the region, as well as by using the international coalition to support it from outside the region.  “They are grateful for our assistance and they would certainly welcome any additional support that we can give the Government of Iraq. As we can do more, so too can they.” For video of this exchange, please visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kidg1FO0F4Y Follow Henry daily via: www.twitter.com/HenrySmithMP
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