As a result of the General election on June 8, I will no longer be an MP after parliament dissolves on May 3.
As a result of the General election on June 8, I will no longer be an MP after parliament dissolves on May 3. Don't hesitate to contact me during the...
This morning, the Prime Minister unexpectedly called an early General Election, scheduled for June 8. After months of telling the British public that she had no plans to hold a snap election, the Prime Minister’s u-turn represents her putting her own party political interests ahead of those of the country.
However, as a Labour MP, I welcome any opportunity to make the case for an alternative to a Government that is failing our country. This Prime Minister has set our nation on a path towards a hard Brexit that will cost jobs, weaken environmental protections, and reduce our influence in the world.
Her Government has continued the work of the Lib Dem/Tory coalition in stripping away resources from our NHS, bringing our social care system to the brink of collapse, and starving local authorities and the police of the funding they need to provide services for our community.
For all these reasons and more, I will be seeking re-election as the MP for Manchester Withington. Thank you very much for all the kind offers of support I have received so far, I look forward to seeing you on the doorstep.
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This morning, the Prime Minister unexpectedly called an early General Election, scheduled for June 8. After months of telling the British public that she had no plans to hold a...
It was good to take some time in the easter parliamentary recess to drop in on some great community events in Burnage
The Kingsburn Hall was the setting for afternoon refreshments hosted by Spoons & Ladle and Age Friendly Burnage.
It was a big turn out and great chatting to local residents and the organisers of the event - which was also supported by our local Burnage PCSO’s.
Burnage Good Neighbours hold a Luncheon Club on Thursdays, and on 6th April they asked me to judge the Easter Bonnet competition. A tough job! There were a number of excellent hats on display but the winner Muriel (on the right of the picture below) deserved the first prize.
The lunch club is held at Burnage Community Centre every other Thursday, and is run by volunteers from Burnage Good Neighbours. For more details contact Burnage Good Neighbours on 0161-431-7220.
The previous week, I walked alongside the Lord mayor, local councillors and children from the local primary schools on the first Burnage animal parade – organised by volunteers at Burnage Library. This featured some amazing animal costumes - made in the school workshops - walking from St Margarets Church to Burnage Media Academy along Burnage lane. The music and dancers were pretty special too.
It was good to take some time in the easter parliamentary recess to drop in on some great community events in Burnage The Kingsburn Hall was the setting for afternoon...
The tragic terror attack in Westminster on Wednesday afternoon shocked us all and I know that the people of Manchester shared the grief of those who were affected.
Residents may be aware of last night’s arrest in south Manchester in connection with the incident, when a 35 year old man was arrested at an address in West Didsbury. I have been regularly updated by Greater Manchester Police throughout today, who have assured me that there is no cause for concern for residents and that they will review patrols to provide reassurance and support for our community if necessary. It is important to stress at this time that the police have received no intelligence that suggests any raised level of threat to the safety of local people within Greater Manchester.
Terrorist incidents like the one we saw on Wednesday seek to spread fear and hatred. The people of our diverse and tolerant city will stand united against those who wish to divide us.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Greater Manchester Police by calling 101, or 999 in cases of emergency.
The tragic terror attack in Westminster on Wednesday afternoon shocked us all and I know that the people of Manchester shared the grief of those who were affected. Residents may be aware...
Last week, Jeff met an impressive team of young people from Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury to congratulate them on making it through to the final of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge.
The students represented Parrs Wood and Manchester City in the national competition, in which young people put together business proposals linked to football.
The students were asked to build a plan to increase both Manchester City’s international fan base and its income streams specifically from the USA. They focused on building the profile of the club in women's football, and their plan won the local and regional play-offs of the contest.
The team represented Manchester City FC in the final that took place yesterday at the Ernst and Young Headquarters in London, when they pitched their business plan to a panel of experts, including entrepreneur and star of BBC's Dragon's Den, Theo Paphitis.
The students gained valuable skills in communication and teamwork, and the programme has been shown to have a positive impact on the confidence and self-esteem of participants.
Jeff said: “After competing against 100 other schools and over 600 other students, the team at Parrs Wood did a fantastic job reaching the final yesterday.
I was really impressed by their enthusiasm, communication skills and hard work. As a Manchester City fan, I look forward to seeing their business plan considered by the club!"
Last week, Jeff met an impressive team of young people from Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury to congratulate them on making it through to the final of the Premier...
Last week Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith joined the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners and UNISON in calling on the government to introduce transitional arrangements for all women affected by changes in the state pension age in the budget.
MPs from most political parties signed this pledge, representing the widespread concern of parliamentarians of this issue. The campaign is fighting for compensation for women born on or after 6 April 1951 who are facing hardship in retirement as a result of the government’s changes to their state pension age.
The 1995 Pensions Act increased women’s state pension age to 65, the same as men’s. At the time, many organisations recommended that the government should ensure that the women affected were given fair notice of the changes.
These recommendations were ignored by the government and as a result hundreds of thousands of women have had no time to make alternative arrangements and their plans for retirement have been shattered.
Commenting at the event, Jeff said: “It is totally unacceptable that these women are heading for financial hardship in retirement because the government failed to communicate the changes with them effectively.
The government must reconsider their stance on this important issue and implement fair transitional State Pension arrangements so that these women get the retirement they deserve.”
Last week Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith joined the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners and UNISON in calling on the government to introduce transitional arrangements for all women...
Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith and Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs have joined forces to ‘Make Every Daffodil Count’ and help Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.
Jeff pledged his support to the daffodil appeal and is encouraging local people to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin, available from volunteers across the country, or Superdrug, Spar and Poundworld stores, and Wyevale Garden Centres, during March.
Jeff said: “Marie Cure staff provide vital care for more than 50,000 people living with terminal illnesses across the UK.
Their nurses and hospices are renowned for the specialist medical knowledge and emotional support they provide, so I’m happy to be supporting this year’s Daffodil appeal.”
Jason, who is best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, said: “I’m delighted to be here with Jeff to help launch Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Please help us make every daffodil count. The charity is also calling on more people to help with local collections. Volunteering a couple hours of your time will make such a difference to the care and support that Marie Curie can provide.”
Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said: “Having the support of Jeff and Jason makes a huge difference to Marie Curie in terms of raising awareness about what we do and helping us to reach more people who need us.
“One in four people miss out on the care and support they need at the end of life. We don’t think that's good enough. That’s why we are asking MPs to help support our annual Marie Curie fundraising appeal to help enable us to reach more people affected by terminal illness.”
“Our services rely on charitable donations, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin during March.”
Sally Monger Godfrey, Marie Curie Nurse and face of The Great Daffodil Appeal, said: “Make every daffodil count. Your daffodil means I can care for someone in their own home, and be there for them through the night. You make a difference to people at the end of their lives, which in many ways is just as important as at the start.”
For more information about volunteering for a local collection call 0800 304 7025 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.
Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith and Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs have joined forces to ‘Make Every Daffodil Count’ and help Marie Curie provide care and support to people living...
Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has backed the campaign for automatic voter registration at all Higher Education institutions, following figures published last week that show the loss of almost 5,000 voters in the constituency between 2015 and 2016.
Electoral Commission reports show that young people are vastly under-represented on the electoral register, particularly students who do not register while at university. Although voter registration in the country rose sharply in advance of the EU Referendum, student registration has remained low.
An amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill from Labour Peer Baroness Royall seeks to make it easier for students to register to vote by requiring universities to offer students the opportunity to register to vote at the point of enrolment or re-registration as a student at their university. This idea was first put forward by Labour MP Paul Blomfield, but it was defeated by the Government.
This amendment will now be considered by the House of Commons, and the Labour Party is pressing the government to add it to the Bill.
Commenting on the figures, Jeff said: “It is deeply worrying that Manchester Withington lost almost 5,000 voters between 2015 and 2016, more than any other constituency in the UK.
We have a large student community in the constituency, many of whom may never have been made aware of how to register to vote during their studies.
This amendment is vital in ensuring that students’ voices are heard while at university and I hope the government listens to Labour Party and accepts changes to the Bill.
It is important that everyone in Manchester Withington registers to vote. It’s quick and easy - you can register in just three minutes by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”
Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has backed the campaign for automatic voter registration at all Higher Education institutions, following figures published last week that show the loss of almost 5,000...
This morning, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched its East Africa appeal, with the UK Government committing to match every pound donated up to £5 million.
In the four countries in the region where famine has been declared – South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia – drought and conflict have left more than 16 million people in the region facing severe malnutrition. This includes 800,000 children under the age of five who are at risk of starvation in the region.
In South Sudan alone over 40% of the population, 4.9 million people, are considered severely food insecure as a result of 9 months of conflict and a collapsing domestic economy.
Commenting on the appeal, Jeff said: “This appeal comes at a crucial time in the drive to prevent the suffering of the millions of children currently at risk of starvation in East Africa.
I’m glad to see the UK Government taking a role in tackling this humanitarian crisis, and I encourage everyone to give what they can to help.”
This morning, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched its East Africa appeal, with the UK Government committing to match every pound donated up to £5 million. In the four...
In the run up to the Metro Mayor election on 4 May, young people from the newly established Greater Manchester Youth Assembly have organised a special hustings event to give young people the chance to quiz the candidates on their visions and priorities in Greater Manchester.
The hustings follows new research from Dr Andy Mycock (Huddersfield University) and Councillor Beth Knowles which revealed that young people are sceptical about the Mayor’s ability to make an impact on their lives. The aim of the research, and the hustings, is to engage young people in the opportunities of devolution and ensure that it delivers for them.
The details of the hustings are:
When: 6 April 2017 18:00-20:00
Where: Friends Meeting House Manchester, Upper Hall, Mount Street, M2 5NS
Andy Burnham – Labour
Sean Anstee – Conservative
Jane Brophy – Liberal Democrats
Will Patterson – Green
Shneur Odze - UKIP
There is limited capacity for this event, to reserve a space please register on the Eventbrite page here.
In the run up to the Metro Mayor election on 4 May, young people from the newly established Greater Manchester Youth Assembly have organised a special hustings event to give...