Labour and the Politics of Exclusion

As a Conservative, I am a great believer in fairness and in being inclusive, which obviously I apply to my role as a councillor. Crawley has people from a wide variety of backgrounds and I find that most people are welcoming of each other and respect the differences we have - including political persuasion.

Increased pay for NHS workers

Using the funds that the Chancellor allocated at the Budget, we've set out proposals that will see wage rises of between 6.5 per cent and 29 per cent for over 1.1 million NHS workers in England

Labour - Not up to the Job

Both locally and nationally, I see first-hand the bogus claims and the hypocrisy that Labour peddles. I wrote here a fortnight ago about the appalling state of Crawley’s grass verges and despite fine weather over the last fortnight, many of our neighbourhoods still look like jungles as I write on Sunday afternoon. Yet Labour leaflets in Crawley both now and in previous years claim improved grass cutting and had the audacity to criticise grass cutting in the town when we Conservatives ran the Council.

Henry Smith MP welcomes Commons Vote for Energy Price Cap

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill completing its passage through the House of Commons (on Monday, 30th April). This Government legislation has now passed to the House of Lords with the expectation that it will become law by this summer.

A Close Result in the Crawley Borough Council Elections

On behalf of all the Conservative candidates, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone in Crawley who voted Conservative in last week’s Crawley Borough Council elections. Crawley Conservatives had a very strong set of results with Labour clinging on to control of Crawley Borough Council by the very narrowest of margins.

False Claims on Grass Cutting

Time has a way of ensuring that the truth comes out. For politicians that make false claims and false promises, that is somewhat inconvenient. This brings me nicely to the last Crawley Borough Council election campaign in 2016 and the main election leaflet put out by the Crawley Labour Party exactly two years ago, that stated on its front page: “The alternative is a return to Tory control. Last time around they couldn’t even keep the grass cut”.

Henry Smith MP Hails Crawley Teachers

Henry Smith MP has welcomed news that young people in Crawley and West Sussex are benefiting from rising school standards, with 37 more schools in the county rated good or outstanding compared with 2010.

Tackling Single Use Plastics

We’ve seen some great progress on reducing plastic waste under the Conservatives. In January a ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads came into force and a ban on their sale comes into effect this July. The 5p charge on plastic bags has already cut their use by 83%, taking 9 billion bags out of circulation.