Jeff Smith

Standing up for Manchester Withington

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace.

As part of the Freedom From Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff, Usdaw members are highlighting the problems faced by staff during Respect for Shopworkers Week, which runs from 14 to 20 November.

Jeff said: "Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse whilst serving the public.

It is really important we stand together and ask people to keep their cool and respect shopworkers, especially as we approach the busy Christmas shopping period.

We must give a clear message that abusing or assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable."

John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: "We are grateful to Jeff Smith for supporting our campaign to keep our members safe at work.

"Often, in the course of their duties, shopworkers are expected to deal with tense and difficult situations. Unfortunately these can escalate to verbal abuse and assault. Over 300 shopworkers are assaulted every day and it is time to say enough is enough.

Parliament has placed the legal obligation on shopworkers to enforce the law in relation to age restricted sales and Parliament must also ensure that the law also protects shopworkers who are doing their job. Politicians and members of the public must work together to ensure that shopworkers get the respect they deserve."

Jeff Smith MP supports Usdaw's campaign to protect shopworkers from violence, threats and abuse

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace. As part of the Freedom...

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In a debate in parliament, Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith pressed the Government to bring delays at the Disclosure and Barring Service under control.

Over the last year, many of those working in education, healthcare, social services and other sectors have been forced to postpone or reject employment as a result of severe delays in receiving their DBS certificates. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service works with police forces across the country to check the criminal record of any applicant.   However, with many forces dealing with severe cuts to staff numbers, they are struggling to cope with the caseload.

In his speech, Jeff raised the case of Manchester Withington constituents who have lost work as a result of delays.

Jeff said: “Delays in DBS certificates are not just an administrative problem, they can force people to turn down paid work or lose an income they have relied upon.

Many of the problems are due to delays at the police stage, so the Government need to help the police get a grip on the problem.”

You can watch Jeff’s full speech on the House of Commons website here

Jeff Smith presses the Government to get DBS delays under control

In a debate in parliament, Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith pressed the Government to bring delays at the Disclosure and Barring Service under control. Over the last year, many of...

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), working with the utility company E.ON, have a free/subsidised boiler and insulation offer for low income households.   

Greater Manchester residents who own or privately rent their property, and also claim certain benefits, are eligible for a free or subsidised boiler and insulation. The scheme is supported by all 10 Greater Manchester Councils and the NHS.

Residents can call the E.ON Freephone 0800 508 8008 to see if they qualify for this offer, as well as checking if they are eligible for help towards energy saving home improvements.

Commenting on the scheme, Jeff said: ‘We know that more than 1 in 10 homes struggle with fuel poverty in this country so schemes like this are so important.

It’s worth giving E.ON a call just in case, you could find that you qualify for a subsidised boiler and continuing support with reducing your energy bills in the future.’

Find out more about the scheme by calling 0800 508 8008 or visiting E.ON’s website here.

Subsidised boilers offered by E.ON and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), working with the utility company E.ON, have a free/subsidised boiler and insulation offer for low income households.    Greater Manchester residents who own or...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has unveiled a new mosaic at Chorlton Central Church to celebrate the completion of new community facilities at the church, and to mark the retirement of Reverend Bob Day.

The mosaic was created by local artist Tracey Cartledge with the help of many local residents and members of the church community.

One of the features of the design is that it celebrates the major faiths of Manchester with their symbols around the perimeter. The dove of peace, the design emphasises, is for all to aspire to, whether or not they have religious belief or not.

Jeff said "This is a really beautiful addition to the church and the local streetscape on Barlow Moor Road. Following the opening of the new church hall and glass wall last year, it's the final piece in the jigsaw of the new facilities at Chorlton Central Church.

I'd also like to pay tribute to Bob Day for his years of service to the local community at the church, and wish him a happy retirement."

Jeff unveils mosaic to mark Reverend Bob Day's retirement

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has unveiled a new mosaic at Chorlton Central Church to celebrate the completion of new community facilities at the church, and to mark the retirement...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith joined 180 MPs from all parties who submitted petitions to parliament from their constituents on behalf of the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign.

These petitions call for transitional arrangements to be put in place for all women born in the 1950s who have borne the burden of the changes to the State Pension Age.

Jeff said: ‘These women planned for the future and have been let down by this Government, who changed the rules with little notice or support.

The number of MPs representing their constituents by submitting a petition shows that this is not about party politics, but about ensuring that those women affected get a fair settlement.’

You can find out more about the WASPI campaign on their website or by following them on Twitter.

Jeff delivers petition on behalf of WASPI women

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith joined 180 MPs from all parties who submitted petitions to parliament from their constituents on behalf of the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign. These petitions call...

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This week I became a Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Mental Health, a cross-party group bringing together MPs with an interest in improving mental health care in the UK.

This is a vital issue that affects one in four of us, and I have spoken about my own personal experience in the past.  Ensuring mental healthcare is accessible and comprehensive is one of the most important challenges facing this Government

Following the publication of NHS England’s Mental Health Taskforce Report earlier this year, which provided a forward view of how our mental health services could be improved, it’s going to be vital to hold the Government to account.

This means pushing for greater investment in prevention services, focusing on mental health education in our schools, understanding the links between poverty and mental health, and ensuring the good ideas in the five year plan become reality.

I’m looking forward to being part of an active group addressing these issues and making sure mental health is at the top of this Government’s agenda.

Jeff becomes vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health

This week I became a Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Mental Health, a cross-party group bringing together MPs with an interest in improving mental health care in...

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This week Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith returned to his old school, Old Moat Primary School, to open their new library.

The library was developed with the help of donations and volunteers from the south Manchester community and Withington Girls School.

Old Moat Primary School is also set to be a flagship school for the Enabling Enterprise scheme, an initiative to help students become rounded and successful later in life.  The current Year 6 will visit Manchester Science Partnerships at City Labs and construction company Laing O’Rourke in the coming weeks.

Jeff said: ‘It was a real pleasure to join the students and teachers at my old primary school at the opening ceremony of the new library. It was great to read to the assembly and talk about the importance and fun of reading.

It’s also good to hear about the new Enabling Enterprise scheme which will help students grow into successful adults. I wish them all the best!’

Jeff returns to Old Moat Primary School to open new library

This week Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith returned to his old school, Old Moat Primary School, to open their new library. The library was developed with the help of donations...

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Last month, I joined 80 parliamentarians from 10 different countries in nominating the White Helmets in Syria for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Over the 5 years of a brutal conflict that has claimed the lives of over 400,000 people, the White Helmets have been following the bombs into wreckage to save lives.

Unarmed and impartial, these volunteers were bakers, engineers, painters and students before this conflict began.  Now, they deliver essential public services, secure buildings following a bombing, and provide emergency healthcare.  It’s estimated that they have saved over 60,000 lives since the conflict began. 

Their nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is also a fitting tribute to my friend and colleague, Jo Cox.  She tirelessly championed their work, consistently campaigning for greater protection for humanitarian aid workers and a lasting political solution.  She too nominated the White Helmets earlier this year, and encouraged us all to do the same.

You can find out more about the work of the White Helmets here

Nobel Peace Prize – Nominating the White Helmets

Last month, I joined 80 parliamentarians from 10 different countries in nominating the White Helmets in Syria for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.  Over the 5 years of a brutal...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith today commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

On October 4th 1936, the Jewish community of East London, alongside other anti-fascist campaigners,  took to the streets of the East End to stop Oswald Mosely and the British Union of Fascists (BUF) from marching through the heavily Jewish and immigrant area.

This year, the Jewish Leadership Council and others are marking the anniversary by holding an event in London with faith leaders, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and prominent MPs and trade union officials.  The Jewish Leadership Council have also created classroom resources for teachers, and are working with youth movements to ensure the memory of Cable Street continues.

Jeff said: ‘The Battle of Cable Street sits within a proud history of British Jews standing against all kinds of racism and fascism.

This anniversary serves as a reminder to us all to be unwavering in our opposition to racism, and that we should continue to celebrate the diversity that makes cities like Manchester such great places to live.

I hope these commemorations can help to preserve the memories of the events at Cable Street for future generations.’

You can find resources to mark the anniversary on the London Jewish Forum website here.

80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith today commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. On October 4th 1936, the Jewish community of East London, alongside other anti-fascist campaigners, ...

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Jeff Smith MP met scientists from Cancer Research UK at The Manchester Cancer Research Centre in his constituency to learn about their life-saving work.

The MP for Manchester Withington witnessed ground-breaking research at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, and the recently-opened Manchester Cancer Research Centre building - a partnership between the charity, The University of Manchester and The Christie Hospital

During the visit, he learnt about cancer imaging technology and the development of new cancer drugs, as well as the clinical trials which are helping to ensure that discoveries made in the lab are translated into the best treatment for cancer patients as quickly as possible.

Jeff said: “Cancer has a devastating impact on families in Manchester Withington, so it was fantastic to hear and witness first-hand the innovative work Cancer Research UK is funding locally. I’m proud to support the work of The Christie Hospital in my constituency, which works hand in hand  with CRUK to develop new treatments.

The visit highlighted exactly why we must continue to support the vital research taking place in our region - research that will ultimately benefit the thousands of people affected by cancer each year”.

Professor Nic Jones, Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, said: “I was delighted to welcome Jeff to both the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and the Manchester Centre Research Centre building. 

“The city is on the frontline in the fight against cancer with hundreds of scientists, doctors and nurses striving every day to find better, more effective and kinder ways to treat this devastating disease.

“It was fantastic to be able to showcase some of their work, which is amongst some the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research, and their efforts to ensure that more people in the North West and across the UK survive.”

To find out more about how to support Cancer Research UK, please visit: cruk.org

Jeff Smith MP joins Cancer Research UK to learn how research save lives

Jeff Smith MP met scientists from Cancer Research UK at The Manchester Cancer Research Centre in his constituency to learn about their life-saving work. The MP for Manchester Withington witnessed...

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