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Managing the Impact of Retrospective Planning Permissions

It’s a good thing that planning rules have been relaxed for housing. Our Conservative Government direction is full steam ahead. This not only helps those who want to extend their homes but is also a great boost for new housing and for the economy. However, nationally since 2017, nearly 40,000 retrospective planning applications have been made with one in eight being rejected by local authorities.

Election Promise Delivered To Increase NHS Funding

Henry Smith MP has spoken in the second reading of the NHS Funding Bill (on Monday, 27th January) in support of the Government’s plans to enshrine in law its commitment to increase funding for the National Health Service, and has called for further improvements to provision in Crawley.

Leaving the EU - A Win for Democracy

2019 was a year of political turmoil, with a disruptive House of Commons that sought to find any way possible to stop the democratic 2016 referendum result for the UK to leave the EU. It was an unedifying spectacle and a lot of trust was lost in politicians because of it, including the appalling then-Speaker of the House who presided over it all. It really had become a political war of attrition and my view was that regardless of whether you were for ‘leave’ or ‘remain’, there was a more fundamental principle of democracy at stake that meant Brexit must be delivered. Also, most people outside of the Westminster bubble and the Islington Metropolitan elite, just wanted to get Brexit resolved and to move on.

Crawley MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

Henry Smith MP has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Henry Smith MP welcomes Record High Employment

Henry Smith MP has welcomed official jobs figures which show that in the south east of England, there are now 4,673,609 people in work; meaning that 481,270 more people have the security of a job and a wage compared with 2010.