Jeff Smith

Standing up for Manchester Withington

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I’ll be fighting for the UK to remain as close as possible to our European partners.  I campaigned hard for ‘Remain’ and voted against Article 50, and I will continue to be a strong pro-European voice in parliament.

From staying in the Single Market to maintaining close links between Europe’s universities, I will not support any deal that makes our community worse off.

PLEDGE 3: Opposing a "hard Brexit"

I’ll be fighting for the UK to remain as close as possible to our European partners.  I campaigned hard for ‘Remain’ and voted against Article 50, and I will continue...

Under the Lib Dems and the Tories, Greater Manchester Police have lost a quarter of their officers since 2010.

In Greater Manchester, the police have been forced to cut £180 million from the budget at a time when demand for their services is rising.

Labour will hire 10,000 more police officers to ensure that forces across the country have the resources they need to protect the public.  

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PLEDGE 4: Supporting our Police

Under the Lib Dems and the Tories, Greater Manchester Police have lost a quarter of their officers since 2010. In Greater Manchester, the police have been forced to cut £180...

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As a lifelong resident, I understand the needs of this area and its issues, and I will continue to work hard all year round in the interests of south Manchester residents. 

Whether that is holding my weekly advice surgeries and regular ‘meet your MP’ coffee mornings, or fighting for a fair deal for Manchester in Parliament, I will continue the vital work of representing the people of south Manchester.

PLEDGE 5: Working all year round for the people of south Manchester

As a lifelong resident, I understand the needs of this area and its issues, and I will continue to work hard all year round in the interests of south Manchester...

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Jeff Smith has become the latest candidate in the upcoming general election to show their support for the global fossil free movement.

Jeff, Labour candidate for Manchester Withington, has joined a growing number of cross-party politicians to sign a pledge calling for the MPs’ pension fund to divest its £612 million assets away from fossil fuels.

The move comes as thousands of constituents across the country are putting pressure on their representatives to ensure that the urgency of taking action to protect our environment is put firmly on the election agenda, urging their candidates to call on the pension fund to align its investments with the UK government’s climate commitments.

Jeff said: "Preventing catastrophic and irreversible climate change means leaving the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground.

By divesting our own pension fund from fossil fuels, MPs can send a clear message that it is wrong to profit from environmental devastation and the rising human cost associated with it.

I hope this would show leadership, and be a positive step in the necessary transition towards a low-carbon economy."

Jeff leads the way in calling for fossil free investment

Jeff Smith has become the latest candidate in the upcoming general election to show their support for the global fossil free movement. Jeff, Labour candidate for Manchester Withington, has joined...

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 dissolution period on jeff@jeffsmith2017.co.uk, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

This website during dissolution

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...

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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 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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Why I'm seeking re-election as the MP for Manchester Withington

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.

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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.

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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. 

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Burnage community fun

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.

Police action in south Manchester following Westminster incident

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...

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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!"

Jeff congratulates enterprising Parrs Wood High School students

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...

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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.”

Jeff calls for fair treatment for WASPI women

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...

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