On the day new compulsory dog microchipping legislation comes into effect, Jeff Smith MP has joined up with the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to urge dog owners to ensure their pets are chipped and that their contact details on the microchip database are up-to-date. Official figures reveal that 16% of dogs in the UK are still not chipped.
The new English, Welsh and Scottish microchipping laws dictate that from 6th April 2016, any dog owners who do not microchip their pets within 21 days of being served notice will be liable to pay a fine of up to £500. Dogs Trust has long campaigned for this important aspect of dog welfare and has invested substantial resources in free microchipping services.
In 2015 alone, over a quarter (28%) of stray dogs were reunited with their owners thanks to a chip. The chip itself lasts a lifetime, however, owners must ensure their address details are updated after every house move so that the data remains an effective reunification tool.
Dogs Trust offers free microchipping appointments across all of its 21 Rehoming Centres around the country. Most recently, the charity launched a nationwide tour, led by their 3 metre high dog mascot, Dogcilla, hosting free microchipping roadshows and events. In total Dogcilla travelled the equivalent of the Earth’s circumference 5.8 times in her quest to get dogs across the UK chipped before the impending legal change.
Jeff Smith said: “Microchipping is an essential part of responsible dog ownership and the most effective permanent way of ensuring a lost dog is returned to their owner. I’m pleased to being joining the Dogs Trust in urging dog owners to ensure their pets are chipped – and their details are updated on the microchip database.”
Adrian Burder, CEO of Dogs Trust says, “For many years Dogs Trust has campaigned to bring about the introduction of compulsory microchipping and registration. Therefore, we are very pleased to welcome the legislation, which will go a long way to improving dog welfare. Losing a dog is an extremely upsetting time for both dog and owner so we urge the public to check their pets are chipped and address details are up to date before 6th April. To date, Dogs Trust has microchipped nearly a million dogs and we’re still working tirelessly to ensure as many dogs as possible are given these essential pieces of technology before compulsory microchipping comes into force.”
Microchipping and updating dogs’ microchips with the correct details will be compulsory in England, Wales and Scotland from 6th April 2016. To find out more information on microchip databases and how to update a microchip, please visit www.chipmydog.org.uk/update-your-dogs-chip.
On the day new compulsory dog microchipping legislation comes into effect, Jeff Smith MP has joined up with the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to urge...
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has backed Labour’s call for Parliament to be recalled over the latest crisis to hit the steel industry.
Earlier this week, Labour wrote to the Prime Minister to press for the recall of Parliament to debate solutions to the threat to the British steel industry and steelmaking at Port Talbot.
Jeff Smith said: “The news that Tata is preparing to pull out of steelmaking in Britain puts thousands of jobs across the country and a vital UK-wide industry at risk. MPs must have the chance to debate the future of steel and to hold ministers to account for their failure to intervene.
“Ministers must act to protect the steel industry, which is at the heart of manufacturing in Britain and vital to our future. It is essential that the Government intervenes to maintain steel production in Port Talbot, both for the workforce and the wider economy. If David Cameron won’t stand up for British industry and workers - Labour will.”
Jeff Smith is also backing the Parliamentary petition to recall Parliament over this issue: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/126128”
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has backed Labour’s call for Parliament to be recalled over the latest crisis to hit the steel industry. Earlier this week, Labour wrote...
More than a hundred joggers have staged a ‘run of defiance’ in Fog Lane Park, Didsbury following a recent attack on a female jogger in the park – and they were supported by local MP Jeff Smith.
Women, children, men, and even dogs took part in a united lap around the park to spread the message that they will not be scared or put off by the attack.
Jeff Smith MP said: “What happened last week was a very worrying incident and it’s very clear that the community is saying it’s not going to be scared from using the park. I'd like to congratulate Louise Hudson and the organisers of the event, who were very clear with their message: we won't tolerate violence against women, and joggers won’t be forced to stay away from the park they love using.”
More than a hundred joggers have staged a ‘run of defiance’ in Fog Lane Park, Didsbury following a recent attack on a female jogger in the park – and...
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has lent his support to the UN’s World Water Day, an annual event which takes place today (March 22nd).
World Water Day is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues. Today will see tens of thousands of individuals and organisations worldwide get involved in making a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet - those who do not have access to adequate water and sanitation.
This year's theme is 'water and jobs' and is co-ordinated by the International Labour Organization - the UN entity that promotes rights at work encourages decent employment opportunities. The theme highlights how both water and jobs have the power to transform people's live. Water is central to human survival, the environment and the economy and decent work can provide income as well as paving the way for broader social and economic advancements.
Jeff Smith said: “I am proud to support World Water Day and to give my backing to this year’s theme of ‘Water and Jobs’. Almost half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion – work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognised or protected by basic labour rights. Water has the ability to create paid and decent jobs. It can contribute to a greener economy and sustainable development – but these workers need to work in dignity, equality, safety and have a fair income, which is why I’m supporting UN World Water Day 2016.”
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has lent his support to the UN’s World Water Day, an annual event which takes place today (March 22nd). World Water Day is...
Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation has revealed a Government in disarray over their cruel cuts to support for disabled people. As opposition grows to these cuts, Jeff Smith is calling on residents to back a petition calling for a halt to the changes.
Jeff Smith said:
“With over 1100 people being helped by the Personal Independence payment in south Manchester, people here will be deeply worried about the impact of these changes by George Osborne.
“These changes will hit those affected by around £3,500 per year, at the same time as the Tories are giving helping the wealthiest with a Capital Gains Tax cut.
“It just isn’t fair and that’s why I want people to sign Labour’s petition to stop these changes.”
Labour’s petition can be signed at: http://www.labour.org.uk/pip
Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation has revealed a Government in disarray over their cruel cuts to support for disabled people. As opposition grows to these cuts, Jeff Smith is calling on...
Jeff Smith MP has welcomed news that Manchester City Council are holding talks with the Unicorn Grocery and a social housing provider to bring forward plans for the former leisure centre site on Manchester Road, Chorlton.
Jeff has been working closely with local councillors and the city council to find a future for the former leisure centre site.
Jeff Smith, pictured above with Councillor Sheila Newman, said: "I’m pleased that Manchester City Council are in a dialogue with the Unicorn Grocery as an adjacent landowner, along with a social housing provider to bring forward a residential and retail mixed use development on the former Chorlton Leisure Centre site. These discussions are ongoing and, if they are successfully concluded, proposals will be brought to the City Council's Executive this summer."
Jeff Smith MP has welcomed news that Manchester City Council are holding talks with the Unicorn Grocery and a social housing provider to bring forward plans for the former...
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed news that Chorlton Library is to get a £60,000 makeover in a move that will secure the library’s future.
Chorlton Library is popular and used regularly by local residents as well as by people from further afield - it is currently the second busiest lending library in Manchester. The funding will provide a new counter, shelves, display units and soft furnishings, as well as twelve brand new computers.
Jeff Smith said: “It’s great news that councillors have secured money for improvements to Chorlton Library. Despite the Council suffering high levels of government cuts, £60,000 has been found and I would like to pay tribute to local councillors, including Sheila Newman, who have worked hard to secure these much needed improvements.”
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed news that Chorlton Library is to get a £60,000 makeover in a move that will secure the library’s future. Chorlton Library is...
Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith showed a passion for chemistry this week when taking part in science experiments to mark the 175th anniversary of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
At the parliamentary event on 24th February he heard about the importance of good science teaching in primary schools in Manchester Withington and took part in some loud and colourful chemistry experiments performed by children’s presenter Fran Scott and her team from Great Scott! science shows.
Jeff witnessed the whizzes and bangs of chemistry first-hand as Fran and her team created dry ice bubbles, colourful flaming salts and hammered MPs’ hands protected with non-newtonian goo. But behind the colourful chemicals and exciting explosions, the event was an opportunity to discuss the importance of excellent science teaching in primary schools.
Jeff Smith MP said: “It was great to see first-hand how exciting chemistry can be. The chemistry demonstrations were fantastic, with lots of different colours, flames and dry ice bubbles. It was also great to hear about the importance of good science teaching, and to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Royal Society of Chemistry.”
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chief Executive, Robert Parker, said: “Science is an important part of a child’s primary education, and plays a key role in shaping their long term attainment, aspiration and interest in the subject. Unfortunately, in some primary schools, science is not seen as a priority, and too few teachers have a background in the subject. In our 175th anniversary year, we want to see a new emphasis from Government to make primary science inspiring, engaging and relevant”.
Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith showed a passion for chemistry this week when taking part in science experiments to mark the 175th anniversary of the Royal Society of Chemistry. ...
Labour MP for Manchester Withington, Jeff Smith, has announced he is backing Britain to remain part of the European Union.
A referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is set to take place on Thursday June 23rd.
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, said: “Britain is better off in Europe - it is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has also helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off. A Brexit has specific risks for Manchester: our city has received over £200m direct investment from European programmes over the last two decades and Greater Manchester has been allocated £356m from EU funds for the 2014-2020 period.
“Of course, we’d like to see a more progressive and democratic Europe but leaving the EU can’t and won’t bring that about. I’ll be campaigning for Britain to remain a member of the EU ahead of June’s referendum.”
Alan Johnson, Chair of Labour In for Britain, commenting on the Prime Minister's announcement of an EU Referendum on June 23rd, said:
“The deals are done, the theatrics are over. The Prime Minister has fired the starting gun in a campaign where Labour will be campaigning for a Britain that remains in Europe on June 23rd.
“In this campaign our party will be united in making the case that Britain is better off in Europe. Our EU membership brings Britain jobs, investment, trade and keeps us safe. Leaving the EU would put all that at risk and diminish Britain's influence in the world.
“It was pressure from Labour that meant David Cameron has been prevented from trading away rights at work in this deal and we can now get on with our campaign to keep Britain in Europe.”
To register to vote in the EU Referendum on June 23rd, and for forthcoming local authority elections, please visit: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you wish to sign up for a postal or proxy vote: you can do so on Manchester City Council’s website: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/download/4208/postal_vote_application
Labour MP for Manchester Withington, Jeff Smith, has announced he is backing Britain to remain part of the European Union. A referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is set...
This week, the Trades Union Congress are running a special week of activities to showcase the amazing work unions do – and to increase pressure on the Government over the Trade Union Bill.
Jeff Smith MP said: “Trade unions play in positive role in society - something I've seen first hand as my dad was a trade union official.
"This government is determined to shift the balance of power in the workplace in favour of employers, and get the Trade Union Bill through Parliament with as little scrutiny as possible. We must not let them get away with it.
“The TU Bill is a large-scale attack on the rights of ordinary working people, preventing workers from standing up to protect their jobs, pay and security. When they should be addressing the big challenges we face - low pay, productivity and skills – the Tories are instead introducing measures which will make it harder for working people to challenge unfairness like low pay or safety concerns.
“It is essential that we keep up the pressure as the Bill enters its critical House of Lords stage. We need to keep the Bill at the front of politicians and journalists’ minds and to remind people why unions are so important – which is why I’m supporting the TUC’s ‘Heart Unions’ week of action”.
More information about Heart Unions week can be found at http://heartunions.org/
This week, the Trades Union Congress are running a special week of activities to showcase the amazing work unions do – and to increase pressure on the Government over...