Angela Smith MP

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IMAGE Statement from Angela Smith 
Friday, 11 October 2019
Statement from Angela Smith  Liberal Democrat MP Angela Smith has announced that she will be contesting the seat of Altrincham and Sale West at the next General Election “I’m delighted to be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Altrincham and Sale West at the next general election, whenever that comes. “It has been an honour to serve as the Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge and before that Sheffield Hillsborough. Representing local people is a huge... Read More...

Prorogation of Parliament

It is clear to me particularly in hotly-debated and divisive subjects such as Brexit, Parliament’s role is to do what is in the best interests of the United Kingdom and its citizens. 

It is equally clear to me that leaving the EU without any deal would have serious detrimental consequences for the UK economy and indeed many of these are detailed in the government’s baseline assessment of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, Operation Yellowhammer. 

The Prime Minister’s decision to pursue prorogation rather than to persuade Parliament – is, without doubt, a debasement of our democracy and one which I will fight every way I can. 

I was proud to sign the Church House declaration on 27th August 2019 and stand by that commitment to fight the subversion of our democracy.

There is a variety of viewpoints on how our country should move forward, but I hope we can all agree that shutting down debate is not one which should be countenanced, let alone endorsed by the government. 

 

Demanding action from the City region leaders

Penistone & Stocksbridge MPs calls for South Yorkshire Leaders to get on with it’ as the region loses over half a million in investment every week. 

Despite the four Leaders of the Sheffield City Region councils agreeing in May to the devolution deal the Mayor had negotiated with government, Angela Smith is concerned to learn that the necessary statutory consultation on the deal has not yet been announced.   

Given that at stake for the City Region is £30m per year for 30 years, every week of delay costs the region some £570,000  This is on top of the £30m that was lost to the region in the first year of the City Region Mayor’s period in office, thanks to the failure to agree to a deal at that point on the part of the four local authority leaders.     

Angela is now calling for the local authority leaders to get on with it, so that Mayor Jarvis can get on with the job of delivering investment in vitally needed projects designed to strengthen the South Yorkshire economy.   

Commenting, Angela Smith says;  

The Mayor has finally got a deal supported by all South Yorkshire’s local authority leaders and the Government.  But we have already waited too long and I remain intensely frustrated that money earmarked for investment here in South Yorkshire has instead sat in the Treasury.  

Now we have a deal agreed by all parties, but still no sign of the consultation required before the Mayor can make full use of the powers available to him under the devolutionary settlement.  This is frankly disappointing and not really good enough.   

I call on all four leaders to make this a priority and get on with the necessary consultations. Every week of delay is another week where money could be invested to improve the lives of every citizen in south Yorkshire. My constituents demand nothing less.”