Jeff Smith

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith attended a Carers Week speednetworking event with carers and charities in Westminster, pledging his support to unpaid carers locally.

The event was in support of the recent Carers Week, to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

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Jeff said: “I was proud to represent my constituents today at the Carers Week event and I pledge to support the 8,300 carers in Manchester Withington throughout this Parliament.  

Unpaid carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members, and it is right that we value them and ensure they have the right support at the right time.

I look forward to working with the Carers Week charities, and, with unpaid carers, locally, to make a difference to their lives.

Carers Week 2017 brings together 10 charities including Carers UK, Age UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  For further information visit www.carersweek.org

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Responding to news reports that 372 mental health patients were sent out-of-area in 2016/17, Jeff said:

"This postcode lottery for mental health care is unacceptable. In Manchester alone, 372 adults were sent out-of area for emergency treatment in 2016/17, isolating them from their family and ultimately making their recovery harder.

This is a direct result of mental health budgets being used to plug black holes elsewhere in our NHS.

We’ve heard a lot of warm words on mental health from Theresa May, but it’s time we saw improvements on the ground to match."

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To mark Armed Forces Day on 24th June Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has called on the Government to give our Armed Forces a better deal.

Jeff said - “I am delighted to support our Forces, serving personnel, and Veterans and their families on Armed Forces Day.

It’s great that we have a day that recognises the hard work and bravery of the forces community but of course we need to be supporting them year round. 

The Government must ensure that our Armed Forces get more support on pay, welfare, housing and services.  

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Defence said “Our servicemen and women stand up for us every day, it’s especially important that we stand up for them on Armed Forces Day.

“Satisfaction with Service life has dropped every year since 2009 and the number of personnel leaving the Forces is worryingly high. It’s time the Tories show our personnel they are valued and invest in them. The Government needs to get a grip of this problem and take action now.” 

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Today we saw a weak Prime Minister deliver a Queen’s speech that failed to respond to the crisis faced by our public services.

The speech was most notable for what was missing; plans for Grammar Schools scrapped, repeal of foxhunting ban shelved, state visit for Donald Trump missing, "dementia tax" reduced to a consultation and no changes to the free school meals system.

These are welcome omissions, but the Prime Minister should have replaced the worst aspects of the Tory manifesto with a positive vision about investment in our public services.

Instead, she reiterated her support for a school Funding Formula that will see schools in our constituency lose £620 per pupil. There was no announcement on the large-scale investment that our social care system so clearly needs.  We heard more warm words on mental health, but the commitment to reform the outdated Mental Health Act has been dropped.

The Prime Minister put her party before the country again today by giving a Queen’s Speech written to appease a divided Conservative Party and their partners in the DUP. 

Our country needs an ambitious plan for our public services that sees our schools, hospitals and police forces properly funded.  That what my Labour colleagues and I will be pushing for in the months ahead.

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Over the weekend, events took place across the country to remember the life of Jo Cox and celebrate everything that we have in common as part of the national Great Get Together weekend.

On Saturday Withington Baths hosted a very successful "age friendly" get together and Friends of Ladybarn Park held their family fun day. On Sunday, as part of a community lunch event Jeff helped unveil a beautiful artwork banner at Chorlton Central Church containing Jo’s words “we have more in common than that which divides us”.

Jeff said: “It was fantastic to see Jo’s life being celebrated in such a positive way by our community in south Manchester.

It has been a difficult few weeks for our city but seeing all parts of our diverse community coming together on a sunny Manchester afternoon shows that we will never be divided. Thanks so much to everyone involved.”

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith marked National Clean Air Day by calling on the Government to bring forward a credible plan to tackle the air quality crisis in the UK.

Poor air quality is linked to 40,000 early deaths per year in the UK and has proven links to lung disease, asthma & other respiratory problems. 

In response to the crisis the Government has produced three Air Quality Plans, with the first two being rejected by the High Court (See Jeff's question to the Prime Minister above) and environmental NGO Client Earth currently in the process of suing the Government over the third. 

Commenting on National Clean Air Day, Jeff said: Time and time again the Government has failed to take the problem of air pollution seriously.

On National Clean Air Day, when people are taking individual steps to reduce their own impact on the air we breathe, the Government should show that it is willing to act on behalf of the public’s health.

That means introducing a national network of Clean Air Zones across the country which prevents the most polluting cars from entering our city centres and looking seriously at a diesel car scrappage scheme to get older, high-emission vehicles off our streets.

After two High Court losses in two years and another legal case on the horizon, there is now no hiding place for the Government on the issue of poor air quality.”

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This weekend people across the country will come together for a series of neighbourhood celebrations called the Great Get Together.

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen who was killed in June last year, with the aim of celebrating what we have in common and bringing communities closer together.

There’ll be three events across the constituency this weekend, the details are:

Saturday 17th June 1pm – 4pm: Friends of Ladybarn Park Community Fun Day & Fun Walk

Ladybarn Park, Parrs Wood Road/Mauldeth Road, M20 4XA

Saturday 17th June 1pm – 4pm: Love Withington Baths Great Get Together

Withington Baths, 30 Burton Road, M20 3EB.

Details can be found here.

Sunday 18th June Midday – 15:00: Chorlton Central Church banner unveiling

Chorlton Central Church, Barlow Moor Road, M21 8DF

There’ll be a picnic from midday onwards followed by the unveiling of a banner designed by local people to mark the day.

Commenting on the event Jeff said: “Jo famously said in her maiden speech that ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’ and the Great Get Together shows us that she was right.

Whether it’s to remember my friend and colleague Jo, to meet people for the first time who live round the corner, or to raise money for a local charity, get involved in the Great Get Together this weekend.”

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Thank you to everyone in Manchester Withington for your support for Labour. I will do my very best for this area to try and repay your faith in us.

Thank you for your support

Thank you to everyone in Manchester Withington for your support for Labour. I will do my very best for this area to try and repay your faith in us.

  

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It's been my great privilege to represent Manchester Withington in Parliament for the last two years. I've lived in this area all my life, and I know what a great place south Manchester is. But I also know how hard the government have made life for some of the most vulnerable people in our community over the past seven years.

Theresa May wants to pretend she called this election because of Brexit, but her real aim is to get a big Conservative majority so she can impose more cuts on our schools, NHS and public services. Only a strong Labour Party can stop her. A vote for Labour is a vote for investment in jobs, our local services and our childrens' future.

The Liberal Democrats have a record of breaking their promises, and spent five years propping up the Tories while they hit Manchester hard - they are no alternative.

I'm proud to work hard representing you in parliament, and I've not been afraid to stand up for what I believe in, and for the interests of our area. If I can help out in any way, please do get in touch.

Best wishes

Jeff Smith

Standing up for south Manchester

It's been my great privilege to represent Manchester Withington in Parliament for the last two years. I've lived in this area all my life, and I know what a great...

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