The first National Democracy Week will take place this year from 2nd to 8th July. To help mark the 100th anniversary of the first women being granted the right to vote in this country, the National Democracy Week Awards will also take place with a deadline for nominations on 27th May.
This new Government initiative seeks to recognise people of prominence in democratic engagement and anyone may nominate any individual, organisation or group.
The nominations are split into four groups: Young Advocate of the Year, Diversity Champion of the Year, Changemaker of the Year and Collaboration of the Year.
As part of UK Parliament Week last November, I met with the Rivers Learning Project Community at Crawley Civic Hall; an organisation I helped to launch in 2015 and one which focuses on the empowerment of disadvantaged women in Crawley. Their work is of great importance, and my role as MP for Crawley is to involve and engage local people in the democratic process.
It is also my pleasure to welcome local school pupils to the House of Commons and visit classrooms in Crawley to engage directly with the leaders of tomorrow.
Representing Crawley in Parliament is an honour. With our democracy being renowned around the world, I will continue to speak with schools and community groups in Crawley to champion the importance of getting involved in the political process and utilising the right to vote.
Henry Smith MP