Crawley MP Henry Smith will NOT be seeking re-election - here is his statement in full

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Henry Smith MP has announced he will not be seeking re-election as Crawley’s Member of Parliament.

Mr Smith has been MP for Crawley since 2010 – but this will be his last stint. He said:”After a generation of being an elected representative in Crawley – from 1997 as a County Councillor, from 2003 as Leader of West Sussex and from 2010 as Member of Parliament – it is time for a new generation, I will not be seeking re-election as Crawley’s MP.

“It has been a great honour to represent the constituency in Parliament and I am deeply grateful for the support of Crawley Conservative Association and local people for electing me to an unprecedented four terms in office.

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“I have been proud to lead the Leave EU campaign in Crawley which saw the town and UK vote to exit that undemocratic bloc; support our town through the Covid-19 pandemic, especially supporting Gatwick’s economy and the UK aviation sector’s recovery; improve blood cancer awareness and services nation-wide; achieve justice for Chagos islanders; plus, additionally, introduce many animal welfare measures into law. For Crawley specifically, I am pleased to have helped deliver more Sussex Police officers, extra NHS provision and record school funding.

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“I will continue to campaign for lower taxation, secure borders, environmental protection, our security and a dynamic economy. In that the Crawley Conservative Parliamentary Candidate subsequently selected will have my full support, as will the Party nationally for the wellbeing of our United Kingdom.”