On the starting blocks for election race

The Constituency View with Henry Smith MP SUS-170126-103725001
The Constituency View with Henry Smith MP SUS-170126-103725001

The Prime Minister called a general election last week to secure the strong leadership the United Kingdom needs to see us through Brexit and beyond.

It’s been my privilege to represent our town in Parliament since 2010 and I’m thankful to Crawley Conservative Association for choosing me as their candidate for the election on Thursday 8th June. I look forward to putting the Conservative case to the people of our town as I ask to continue to serve our community and our country.

It’s a clear choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest with Theresa May and the Conservatives, or a weak and unstable coalition led by Jeremy Corbyn and propped up by Nicola Sturgeon.

The Government continues to take action to reduce taxes and enable working people to keep more of what they earn. Over the last seven years more than 30 million people have seen a reduction in their income tax.

From 2010 to 2015 the number of active enterprises in Crawley increased, rising by more than 600 to over 3,600.

For my part, I’ve hosted Apprenticeship & Jobs Fairs to bring Crawley’s world-leading employers in direct contact with people in our town who are looking for work.

Earlier this month I welcomed the further increase in the tax-free personal allowance which more than 56,000 people in Crawley will benefit from. A typical basic rate taxpayer will pay £1,000 less income tax than in 2010.

A growing economy has meant the Government has been able to put an extra £10 billion into the NHS; this has meant new emergency units and extra beds at Crawley Hospital. An additional £2 billion going to social care has been another important decision taken.

If I’m re-elected to Parliament on 8th June I will continue to stand up for Crawley in the House of Commons. There is still much more to do.