Henry Smith (British politician)

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Henry Smith
Henry Smith, MP for Crawley (cropped).jpg
Member of Parliament
for Crawley
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Laura Moffatt
Majority 5,928 (12.5%)
Leader of West Sussex County Council
In office
2003 – 28 May 2010
Preceded by Harold Hall
Succeeded by Louise Goldsmith
West Sussex County Councillor for Maidenbower
In office
Personal details
Born (1969-05-14) 14 May 1969 (age 45)[1]
Epsom, Surrey, England[2]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jennifer Millar-Smith[3]
Children Two
Residence Crawley
Alma mater University College London
Occupation Member of Parliament
Committees European Scrutiny Select Committee
Website http://www.henrysmith.info/

Henry Edward Millar Smith (born 14 May 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician who was Leader of West Sussex County Council from 2003 to 2010. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Crawley, having been elected in the 2010 general election.[4]


Smith was educated at Frensham Heights School, a co-educational independent school in Farnham in Surrey, followed by University College London, where he obtained a B.A. in Philosophy.[5]


Smith has previously worked in the National Health Service.[5] He was elected as a West Sussex County Councillor in 1997, where he served full time, with a property investment business based in Crawley in West Sussex.[5] He became Leader of the Council in 2003 at the age of 34, becoming the youngest county council leader in the country. He was a Crawley Borough Councillor from 2002 to 2004. In 2001 and 2005 he stood against Laura Moffatt, the second time achieving the highest national swing from Labour to the Conservatives, reducing the majority to 37, the smallest in the country. [6]

Smith serves on the European Scrutiny Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Trans Atlantic & International Security APPG.

Smith was the Chairman of the South East Counties Leaders Group (latterly South East Strategic Leaders) from 2007 to 2010, and has previously served as a Governor at The Oaks, The Brook, and Oriel High schools in Crawley. He co-authored the 2005 publication Direct Democracy. He has also defended his post election efforts to get a new hospital in the Pease Pottage area which he described as his top priority.[7] He was elected to Parliament at the 2010 general election. Following his election as Crawley MP he resigned as a West Sussex County Councillor on 1 September 2010. [8]

Personal life[edit]

Henry Smith is married to Jennifer, and they have a daughter and a son.

Twitter controversy[edit]

On 6 September 2013, while the St. Petersburg G20 Summit was ongoing, Smith made a 'tweet' on his personal Twitter page calling the Russian President Vladimir Putin a tosser, following reports of a Russian official calling Britain small and unimportant.[9] The tweet was widely reported in the British media and has caused some controversy.


  1. ^ "Henry Smith MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U251092/
  3. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/110124/part2.htm
  4. ^ BBC Election 2010 "Crawley"
  5. ^ a b c MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT IN MAIDENBOWER, CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX. Publisher: TheArgus.co.uk Retrieved: 11 April 2014.
  6. ^ Henry Smith "About Henry"
  7. ^ Chris Ballinger (7 February 2014). "MP Henry Smith defends his efforts to get Crawley a new hospital". Crawleynews.co.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ henrysmith.info "Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley"
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/HenrySmithMP/status/375911637032914944

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Laura Moffatt
Member of Parliament for Crawley