Jeff Smith

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Manchester Withington MP has signed a letter to the Prime Minister expressing concern about the many Commonwealth-born, long-term British residents who have been incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants and calling on her to find a “swift resolution of this growing crisis”.

Many long-term immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children in the 1940s have recently been told they are here illegally and have been required to provide their parents’ or grandparents’ citizenship paperwork.

In response, over 100 MPs have co-signed a letter to the PM asking her to guarantee the status of Commonwealth nationals whose right to remain is protected by law and provide an “effective and humane route to clarification of their status.”

The letter was written by David Lammy MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community, and has been signed by Jeremy Corbyn, the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Copper MP, as well as the Conservative MPs Sarah Wollaston, Bob Blackman and Peter Bottomley.

Jeff said: After being invited to come to the UK over 5 decades ago, the news that Windrush kids are now being told they are living here illegally is very troubling.

These people, now in their 60s and 70s, have lived, worked, and built families here, helping to shape modern Britain and making an immense contribution to our economy and society.

The Prime Minister must intervene on this issue and find an effective and humane solution as soon as possible.”

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Jeff signs letter to Prime Minister on Windrush kids

Manchester Withington MP has signed a letter to the Prime Minister expressing concern about the many Commonwealth-born, long-term British residents who have been incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants and calling on...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is supporting Male Cancer Awareness Week taking place this week (9-15th April).
One in three men in the UK say that they know nothing about prostate cancer and research from campaign group Orchid shows that more than 60% of men say that they are not confident in identifying the signs of the disease, 
The main aim of the campaign is to increase public awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to know their risk and, if their risk is heightened, go and speak to their GP. 
Jeff said: “Research shows that men over the age of 45 are most at risk of prostrate cancer but also the least knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of the disease.
I’m encouraging people to check out the symptoms online and get checked by your GP if you have any concerns.

Jeff supports Male Cancer Awareness Week

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is supporting Male Cancer Awareness Week taking place this week (9-15th April). One in three men in the UK say that they know nothing about prostate...

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Last Saturday, Jeff held his latest 'Meet Your MP’ coffee mornings at Christ Church in West Didsbury.
 
The event was one of a series of ‘Meet Your MP’ events held across the constituency. Local residents are invited to raise local or national issues, over a cup of tea and biscuits in a local venue.
 
At previous events, the discussion has covered everything from Jeff’s view on Brexit to local service cuts to individual housing issues. Jeff’s team of caseworkers, as well as local councillors, were also present to provide advice and support.
 
Jeff said: “These coffee mornings are a great way for me to meet local residents and listen to their concerns both nationally and locally in south Manchester.
 
It was interesting to discuss local issues such as policing, but also Labour’s ambitious plan to invest in local Government and the NHS.
 
It was also great to be joined by our hardworking local councillors who were on hand to respond to residents’ issues.”
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Jeff holds ‘Meet your MP’ event in West Didsbury

Last Saturday, Jeff held his latest 'Meet Your MP’ coffee mornings at Christ Church in West Didsbury.   The event was one of a series of ‘Meet Your MP’ events...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has submitted a formal objection to the proposed development on Turn Moss playing fields.

Although Turn Moss is located within the Stretford and Urmston constituency, many of Jeff’s constituents had expressed opposition to the development as the playing fields are used by many residents across south Manchester.

The development would see part of the playing fields turned into a training pitch for Salford City FC and the proposed University Academy (UA) 92, alongside a new cafe, playground, changing rooms, exercise trail and 4G pitch for the community.

Jeff highlighted constituents’ concerns about the environmental impact of the development as the playing fields are designated Green Belt land and flood plains, as well as fears that the plan will increase noise pollution and traffic levels in the area.

Commenting on the development, Jeff said:

“While many local residents are not in principle against careful development of the Turn Moss fields for public use, the public benefit of these plans does not outweigh their concerns.

I urge the Council to reject the plans and enable a full public consultation with residents of both Trafford and Manchester alongside any other current users of Turn Moss playing fields.

You can find Jeff’s full submission here.

Jeff supports residents’ objection to Turn Moss development

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has submitted a formal objection to the proposed development on Turn Moss playing fields. Although Turn Moss is located within the Stretford and Urmston constituency,...

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Over the weekend, Jeff joined Andrew Gwynne, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and Labour activists from across south Manchester to launch the local election campaign ahead of the May 3rd poll.

Jeff said:

“These council elections are a crucial opportunity to elect a strong Labour council in Manchester that can stand up to this Conservative Government.

From securing sustainable funding for Ladybarn Community Centre to putting in place tighter regulations on rogue landlords, Labour councillors across south Manchester have a proven track record of delivering for local people.

People in Manchester know that our police, children’s services and the National Health Service are at breaking point after 8 years of cuts under Tory and Lib Dem governments. A strong Labour council in Manchester is the most effective way to fight these cuts and stand up for our city.

We'll be getting round as many houses as we can to speak to people between now and May 3rd but if I don’t get chance to speak to you in person, I hope you will join me on May 3rd and vote Labour.”

You can find out more about your local candidate, as well as how to register to vote on the Manchester City Council Website - http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500329/elections/4981/your_next_election_or_referendum

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Jeff and Andrew Gwynne launch local election campaign in south Manchester

Over the weekend, Jeff joined Andrew Gwynne, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and Labour activists from across south Manchester to launch the local election campaign ahead...

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Along with MPs from across Parliament, Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith this week urged the Government to intervene in negotiations between NHS England and pharmaceutical company Vertex regarding Cystic Fibrosis drug Orkambi.

Orkambi has been proven to slow decline in lung function, the most common cause of death for people with Cystic Fibrosis, by 42% and cut the number of infections requiring hospitalisation by 61%.  

In July 2016, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognised Orkambi as an ‘important treatment’ but were unable to recommend the drug for use within the NHS on grounds of cost effectiveness and a lack of long-term data.  Orkambi manufacturer Vertex are in negotiations with NHS England to try and find a way of making Orkambi affordable on the NHS.

At a debate in parliament, MPs urged Health Minister Steve Brine to intervene in these negotiations.

Following the debate, Jeff said:

“The Government need to intervene in these negotiations to ensure that patients can access this life changing treatment in England. This drug is available to patients across Europe and we know that it could benefit almost 3,000 people here in England.

I hope that the Government heard the strength of feeling at the debate today, and takes action.”

For more information, visit the Cystic Fibrosis Trust website - https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/the-work-we-do/campaigning-hard/stopping-the-clock/orkambi

Jeff urges Government to intervene in Orkambi negotiations

Along with MPs from across Parliament, Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith this week urged the Government to intervene in negotiations between NHS England and pharmaceutical company Vertex regarding Cystic Fibrosis...

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Last night during a debate on Manchester’s Metrolink system, Jeff paid tribute to the career of Councillor Andrew Fender, who will be standing down from Manchester City Council after the local elections in May this year.

Described by this article in the Manchester Evening News as Manchester’s “Mr Metrolink”, Andrew Fender has been a councillor since 1977 and has been a leading voice on transport across Greater Manchester since 1981.

In a career spanning 41 years on the Greater Manchester Council and Manchester City Council, Andrew has overseen many of the city’s transport developments, including leading the campaign for the Metrolink system which opened in July 1992.  He also led plans to freeze bus fares, helping to stabilise falling passenger numbers, and helped revolutionise the road plan for the city.

During the debate on the Metrolink, led by Jim McMahon MP, other tributes were paid to Andrew Fender’s work.

Jim McMahon, MP for Oldam West and Royton, said:

“Councillor Fender has been a real transport inspiration for many people in Greater Manchester. 

I have absolutely no doubt that without the time that he put in to transport in Greater Manchester—not just the tram system but the bus network, and cycling routes especially—it would not be as advanced as it is.”

Jesse Norman MP, Minister for Transport, said:

“I pay tribute to Councillor Andrew Fender for the work that he has done over the past 41 years. Opinion is divided in Manchester as to whether he should be regarded as Mr Metrolink, or just Mr Transport. Whichever it is, we congratulate him,”

Jeff said after the debate:

“Over more than four decades of public service, Andrew has played a central role in transforming our city.

Of course, he will be known to the region as the man who oversaw the creation of the Metrolink system and guided transport policy in Manchester for decades.

However, he is also one of the most popular and well-respected members of our community in south Manchester. He has been an outstanding Councillor for Old Moat, and I’m privileged to have worked closely with him for over 20 years.”

You can read more about Councillor Fender's career by clicking here.

Jeff pays tribute to career of “Mr Metrolink” Councillor Andrew Fender

Last night during a debate on Manchester’s Metrolink system, Jeff paid tribute to the career of Councillor Andrew Fender, who will be standing down from Manchester City Council after the...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has called on the Government to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles to increase recycling rates in England.

The scheme, similar to those in some EU countries and states in America, would add a small price to the cost of plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans. The cost would be somewhere between 10-30p, depending on the size of the container, and would be refunded to the holder if the container is returned to a collection point.

The UK Government currently recycles under 40% of its plastic waste, falling to 10th in the European recycling table last year.  Across Europe, countries have implemented Deposit Return Schemes (DRS), with the evidence suggesting that they can increase recycling rates quickly.

The UK Government is currently considering recommendations on a DRS from an independent working group set up as part of the Litter Strategy for England.  Campaigners as Greenpeace are concerned that, due to industry lobbying, the bottles included in a DRS could be limited to those bought ‘on the go’ from kiosks and vending machines.

Jeff said: We know that in this country, 15 million plastic bottles a day are not recycled and England lies 18th out of 24 developed nations in terms of the proportion of waste recycled.

Experience from across Europe shows us that implementing a Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles boosts recycling rates.

The Government should look at the evidence and implement a deposit scheme for all bottles of all sizes.”

You can read Jeff’s full contribution here.

Jeff calls for bottle deposit scheme to boost plastic recycling

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has called on the Government to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles to increase recycling rates in England. The scheme, similar to...

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Ahead of the statement, the Labour Party has highlighted areas where successive years of cuts to local government have had an impact. 

Research published by the Labour Party over the last week on services provided by local government has found that:

  • Last year over 72,000 children were taken into Local Authority care nationally
  • The number of serious child protection cases had doubled in the last seven years, with 500 new cases launched each day.
  • More than a million of our elderly people are living with their care needs unmet.
  • Almost a fifth of specialist women’s refuges have been forced to close under the Tories and according to Women’s Aid, over 400 women, often with children, were refused a space at a refuge last year.

Commenting ahead of the statement Jeff said:

“Year on year cuts, brought about by this Conservative Government and the coalition before it, have left public services in Manchester stretched to breaking point.

Local Authorities across the country are set to lose 79% of the direct funding that they had in 2010 by 2020.  In Manchester, that equates to a cut of £600 per household.

Theresa May’s Government is letting down the most vulnerable in our society and Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement does nothing to even acknowledge these issues, let alone act on them.”

John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor to the Exchequer has said:

“I believe we are approaching a moment of real national crisis on this. Essential services simply cannot cope with the strain of spending cuts that have now stretched into their eighth year, with no end in sight.

The Chancellor has to rise to the occasion. If he cannot do the right thing and change course, he should stand aside for a Labour government that will.”

“Theresa May’s Government is letting down the most vulnerable” – Jeff responds to the Spring Statement

Ahead of the statement, the Labour Party has highlighted areas where successive years of cuts to local government have had an impact.  Research published by the Labour Party over the...

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It was great to meet residents in Didsbury last Saturday morning where I held a coffee morning at Didsbury Baptist Church. There was a good turn out and the residents raised a variety of questions which included both local and national issues.

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Issued raised

  • McDonald’s planning application in Didsbury
  • Police/ crime
  • EU Citizens rights
  • Civil liability bill
  • NHS
  • Education/speech languages / early education needs
  • Referendum
  • Labour Party issues

I hold coffee mornings once a month across the constituency see my website for an event in your area - http://www.jeffsmith.org.uk/coffee_mornings 

Best wishes,

Jeff

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'Meet your MP' Coffee Morning held in East Didsbury

It was great to meet residents in Didsbury last Saturday morning where I held a coffee morning at Didsbury Baptist Church. There was a good turn out and the residents...

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