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Delivering Brexit and Looking Beyond

Most people want to see Brexit resolved so that the Government can focus on the issues that do affect most people’s lives. Boris recognises this and is bringing in a strong domestic legislative programme through a new Queens Speech in October. Ordinary people feel that getting Brexit sorted is long overdue and that any further extensions so that MPs can carry on arguing among themselves but agree nothing constructive, is pointless.

Henry Smith MP welcomes £14 Billion Cast Boost for Schools

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Government are boosting schools with a record £14 billion, levelling up per pupil funding across the country so every child in Crawley has a world class education.

Investing in Education and Achieving Results

Next week sees the start of the new school year and I wish every one of our local schools every success, building on this year’s great exam results. While there is more money going into education than ever before, the large growth of pupil numbers has meant that per pupil funding has fallen. When this is added to the imbalance of school funding across the country that built up under previous governments, this has seen financial pressures in schools in the south of England outside of London. As a school governor myself in Crawley, this is something that I am very aware of.

The Importance of Gambling Regulation

The last two decades have seen a major deregulation of gambling, with it being much easier to gamble and with widespread advertising. For most of us this hasn’t been an issue, but it has been for an increasing number of people and the effects on them and their families can be truly devastating. For them, lives are literally wrecked.
I believe the impacts of online betting have yet to be fully understood. Lives are ruined on a daily basis and younger people are increasingly exposed to it. Teenagers play online games and it is now incredibly easy for online gambling to become an extension of that. Things have moved on from playing fruit machines in the pub.