Jeff Smith

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The Peterloo Speakers Club was set up to provide a friendly, informal space for people to practise and improve their public speaking skills.

The club meets once a month at the Hough End Centre in Chorlton.  All the details about how to join and when the meetings take place can be found by clicking here and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact terryb@tesco.net

Peterloo Speakers Club formed to practise public speaking

The Peterloo Speakers Club was set up to provide a friendly, informal space for people to practise and improve their public speaking skills. The club meets once a month at...

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has called on the Government to give Greater Mancheter Police the funding they need to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in south Manchester.

Citing growing concerns raised by constituents in Didsbury, Burnage, Chorlton and elsewhere, Jeff highlighted the damaging impact of police funding cuts in south Manchester.

Jeff has met with senior local officers and Deputy Mayor for Policing Bev Hughes to discuss these concerns and the need for greater support from central government.

Jeff said: Under the Tories and Lib Dems since 2010, Greater Manchester Police have lost 2,000 officers, a quarter of their staff.

For my constituents that means fewer officers on patrol, deteriorating response times, and even some crimes not fully investigated.

At a time when demand for their services is rising, this Government cannot expect our police force to do more with less.

We will do all we can locally to ensure our police force is run effectively, but ultimately this is a question of resources.”

WATCH: Jeff calls for more resources for Greater Manchester Police to tackle crime in south Manchester

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has called on the Government to give Greater Mancheter Police the funding they need to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in south Manchester. Citing growing...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has backed the growing campaign for the Government to scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay in the upcoming Budget.

Jeff met with frontline nurses as part of the Royal College of Nursing’s lobby of Parliament.  He heard how low pay has a detrimental impact on morale, the ability to recruit and retain nurses, and patient safety.  The nursing regulator recently revealed that the profession is shrinking, with more nurses leaving the profession than joining it and 40,000 nursing vacancies in England alone. Separate RCN analysis shows that nurses with more than 10 years’ experience are leaving the NHS at twice the rate they were three years ago.

New academic research shows that when the number of registered nurses on a shift falls, care is left undone and patient mortality levels increase.

Jeff said: “South Manchester is home to almost 500 nurses who have seen their pay cut in real terms by 14% since 2010, leaving their pay packets £3,000 worse off each year. This can’t continue if we are to keep the nurses we have, attract new recruits and ensure nursing staff can earn a decent wage.

 “Understaffing in our hospitals and communities is affecting the safety of patients. It’s time for the Government to show their commitment to valuing and supporting nurses – the Chancellor’s autumn budget is an unmissable opportunity to scrap the public sector pay cap.”

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said:  

“This summer, nurses have shown the Government that they have had enough of poor pay. They are struggling to keep up with the cost of living and there are reports it pays better to work in supermarkets than care for the most vulnerable.

“It’s a false economy to keep nurses pay down, short staffing is threating the safety of our patients. That’s why we welcome the support of MPs who are championing nursing and share our belief that the 1% pay cap should be scrapped.

“Nurses will not tolerate having their pay squeezed any further. The Government must put party politics aside and lift the cap.”

Jeff backs campaign to scrap public sector pay cap for nurses

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has backed the growing campaign for the Government to scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay in the upcoming Budget. Jeff met...

Diagnosing cancers early saves lives. Demand for diagnostic tests rose 19% last year, but our workforce is stretched to the limit.

I've written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to support the urgent training & employment of additional NHS diagnostic staff.

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Jeff calls for urgent training and employment of NHS diagnostic staff

Diagnosing cancers early saves lives. Demand for diagnostic tests rose 19% last year, but our workforce is stretched to the limit. I've written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to support...

 

"The Government are hiding the truth about Brexit" - Jeff's question to David Davis

 

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Cyril Flint Befrienders launch "30 days of Kindness"

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Jeff attended a parliamentary event bringing together people with living with mental health problems from Manchester, representatives from Manchester Mind, and other parliamentarians to discuss mental health services.
 
The event - ‘Mental Health: Raising the Bar’ - was organised by national mental health charity Mind with the aim of promoting conversations between people with mental health problems, local Minds responsible for providing services and policymakers.
 
Jeff said: “I was glad to attend this important event to hear from people affected by poor mental health. Around 1 in 4 people in south Manchester will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but unfortunately I regularly hear from many constituents who tell me they’re not getting the support they need.
 
This Government must recognise that while warm words on mental health are welcome, spending on mental health services is falling. 
 
This has to change so that everyone gets the information, advice and treatment they need and deserve, when they need it.”
 
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “Mental health problems can affect anyone, no matter what their background. All main political parties have recognised the scale of the problem, but after decades of neglect and underfunding there’s still a great deal of unmet need.
 
“We are really pleased that Jeff took the time to listen to people’s first-hand experiences as well as find out more about some of the work our local Minds do to support people.”

Jeff meets local people with mental health problems and pledges to ‘raise the bar’ for mental health in south Manchester

Jeff attended a parliamentary event bringing together people with living with mental health problems from Manchester, representatives from Manchester Mind, and other parliamentarians to discuss mental health services.   The...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged those in south Manchester who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it emerged that 82,000 people missed out on protection last year across Manchester.
Flu vaccination rates continue to climb across the country, but remain lower than ideal in many areas.
 
Jeff’s call comes as the Chief Medical Officer warned last week that flu and complications associated with it cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England - around 6,000 of which are people with existing heart and lung conditions.
 
Official figures show that just under 2.9m bed days were lost to flu and pneumonia last year in English hospitals, up almost 280,000 from the previous year – an 11% increase.
 
In the Manchester area last year:
·       23,402 older people missed out on their jab, and among over-65s with long-term condition which make them more vulnerable to the effects of flu, just 50% were vaccinated.
·       Thousands of young children (2-4 year olds) also didn’t get the vaccine, including 602 who were classed as being at greater risk.
·       555 pregnant women with long-term conditions also didn’t get protected.
 
Jeff said: “Getting the flu can be bad enough for even the fittest of us, but for older people and those with long-term conditions in particular it can cause serious health problems.
 
“Getting the flu jab is free and easy, and offers the best chance of avoiding the flu that we have.
I’d therefore urge all those eligible to speak to your GP or local pharmacist and get your vaccination booked in before the cold weather sets in.”
 
NHS England’s National Medical Director for Acute Care, Professor Keith Willett, said: “Hospitals and GPs are preparing intensively for this winter, and we would remind people of the importance of having a flu vaccination.
 
There are 21 million people eligible this year, but last year eight million people missed out and that is something we can all definitely change.”
 
More information on eligibility for the flu jab, and other tips on staying well this winter, can be found at www.nhs.uk/staywell

Jeff urges constituents to stay well this winter by getting the free flu jab

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged those in south Manchester who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it...

This Saturday Parrs Wood Environmental Centre plays host to a feast of all things apple-related! Details ↓

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"Apple Day" this Saturday!

This Saturday Parrs Wood Environmental Centre plays host to a feast of all things apple-related! Details ↓

This week Jeff joined 120 MPs in urging David Davis to publish secret papers on the effects of Brexit on jobs and living standards.

Jeff said: "If the Government is so confident that they will make a success of Brexit, what are they so afraid of?"

See the text of the full letter below 

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Jeff calls on David Davis to publish secret Brexit Impact Studies

This week Jeff joined 120 MPs in urging David Davis to publish secret papers on the effects of Brexit on jobs and living standards. Jeff said: "If the Government is...

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