Jeff Smith is the Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Manchester Withington. He was elected in May 2015 with a majority of 14,873 on a 62% turnout, winning the seat from the Liberal Democrats who had held it for ten years.
"My mum – a secretary - and my dad – a joiner met in Withington. I was born in Withington Hospital, and I’ve lived in the constituency all my life.
My first election experience was aged 10 in a mock election at Old Moat Primary School in Withington, where I was the Labour candidate (and won!). This is a picture of my primary school teacher, Mrs Middleton, and myself at the opening of the new school building at Old Moat School in 2012. I was a little sad to see the old building pulled down, but the new state-of-the-art facilties - funded by the last Labour government - give todays pupils a fantastic learning environment.
I understand the importance of educational opportunity; in gaining my degree from the University of Manchester I was the first person from my family ever to go to university.
For most of my career I was a self employed event manager and DJ running everything from large concerts and festivals to sports events. I worked as a promoter and DJ in nightclubs all around the UK giving me with a broad range of skills and
From 1997 to 2015, I was a Councillor for Old Moat ward in Withington constituency.
I served as Executive Member for Children’s Services, leading the rebuilding and renovation of all our high schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme, and helping improve outcomes for our young people, and then Executive Member for Finance, responsible for our City’s budget, dealing with the terrible financial situation the Government has put us in; fighting to maintain services while defending our communities.
I’m proud to have put my Labour values into practice, working with trade unions and others to push through a rise in the Manchester Minimum Wage for the lowest paid Council workers.
I’ve been a governor of a number of schools in Withington constituency; I joined Parrs Wood High School when it went into special measures, and I’m proud to have been part of the team that helped turn it around so that it’s now achieving its best ever results. I’ve also been a Governor of Old Moat, and when I was executive member for Children's Services, I agreed the funding for a complete rebuild of the school.
I served on the board of Southway Housing Trust, helping deliver improvements to housing across Withington constituency. We need more social housing in our area, and I’m determined that we make the most of any opportunities to expand.
As well as the Labour Party, I’m a member of other organisations that reflect my values including the Co-operative Party, Unite, Socialist Education Association, Friends of the Earth, and Withington Civic Society."