Angela Smith MP

Penistone & Stocksbridge

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Welcome to my website, where you will find my latest news, brief biography, details of how to contact me and some other useful links and information. There is also some information about the constituency and local contact numbers which might be useful.

I am here for all my constituents, so if you have any queries or other concerns, please contact me or make an appointment to see me at one of my regular advice surgeries. 

As the MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge, I am always looking for different ways to keep in touch with my constituents, so I hope you find this site useful and informative. The site is updated regularly, so please do come back often. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 
Best wishes
 
 
Member of Parliament
Penistone & Stocksbridge
 
 
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Monday, 13 May 2019
Daily Telegraph Comment Jeremy Corbyn’s childish and irresponsible refusal to join Brexit talks with Theresa May, on the grounds that Chuka Ummuna... Read More...
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Monday, 13 May 2019
Labour and the Tories lost out in the elections because they offer little Brexit clarity Printed in the May edition of the Farmers Guardian The... Read More...
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Thursday, 18 April 2019
Politics is broken Published on the Politics home website 22nd April 2019 Angela's speech to Parliament can be found Here  Politics is... Read More...
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Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Brexit is sucking the life out of public policy Published in the April edition of the Farmers Guardian What is clear more than ever is people want... Read More...
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Monday, 20 May 2019
Statement why we have decided to leave Chuk and sit as Independents  We are all immensely proud of the team of Change UK candidates and... Read More...
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Monday, 20 May 2019
Angela's hip replacement Angela would like constituents to know that on Tuesday 14th May 2019 she will be entering hospital for a Hip replacement... Read More...
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Thursday, 20 December 2018
Christmas Comes Early!  Local school children collect prizes in local MPs Christmas Card Competition This Saturday (1st December) saw Ozzie... Read More...
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Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Angela named as one of the 10 people who made a mark on environmental policy in 2018 The ENDS report, the UK’s number 1 source of intelligence for... Read More...
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Just when you thought it was safe to come out from behind the sofa

Published in the February edition of the Farmers Guardian 

Just when you thought it was safe to come out from behind the sofa, Brexit has turned into the mid-winter nightmare many of us feared.   

As a famous football manager once said, we are now at the business end of the season with time running out to get out of trouble.

The problem is the managers of both teams involved in this soap opera seem determined to get the same result, all be it for different reasons.

With just a few weeks to go before we are supposed to leave the EU and after Theresa May’s deal was massively defeated in the Commons, we are in a surreal world of deals and proposals that don’t add up, don’t have support and that the EU has said it won’t accept. A world where the Leader of the Opposition loses a vote of no confidence in a government which enjoys very low levels of trust on the part of voters, but who himself seems to think it possible to do something proving impossible to Theresa May.  

What we are suffering, in fact, is a crisis of leadership as far as the Brexit crisis is concerned.  The future of our country is at stake and yet it must seem to many voters that the major political parties are putting their own interests before the national interest.

Parliament is at the moment dealing with six major Brexit related Bills and around 700 pieces of delegated legislation.  The Bills before Parliament include the Agriculture Bill, which establishes the enabling powers for a post-Brexit subsidy regime connected with the delivery of public goods.  But the Bill is nowhere to be seen; it completed its second stage in Committee in November but appears since then to have disappeared down a legislative black hole. 

The half-term recess has been cancelled to accommodate Brexit related legislation in the Commons and yet, as I write, the House of Commons is spending that week on General debates!

We have been told too that the International Trade Secretary, after travelling over 200,000 miles, has finally signed a trade deal. Yes, we now have a deal with the mighty Faroes with a population of 50,000, a GDP of around £2bn and where our exports are worth £30m. In other news from the Trade Secretary, he says the Government is considering removing all import tariffs in the event of a no deal. Framers will no doubt be very pleased to find out that food prices will be either kept stable or lowered, in the context of their exports to the EU incurring a range of tariffs.  In some cases, tariffs could exceed 40%.    

Yes, we have officially gone through the looking glass and are living in a parallel universe where all realities are possible.

It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. People’s livelihoods are at risk and the country could be facing decades of stagnation. As far as agriculture is concerned, how can anyone plan for a future when as yet no one is sure what the terms of trade will look like?  Can farmers be confident, for instance, that their food exports will not suffer delays at the border, reducing the quality of their produce? 

Given the seriousness of the situation and the complete impasse both within the ruling party and across Parliament, it’s about time the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition came to their senses and put the country first.

That means agreeing on a deal, even if it is Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, on the proviso that it is put back to the people for ratification. 

That is the democratic thing to do.  Once Parliament has established what Leave looks like, give the people the Final Say as to whether or not they want to proceed with EU departure.   

One final word.  If we fail to develop a compromise on these terms and find ourselves crashing out of the EU with no deal, I am confident the British people will never forgive those who were seen to be agents of such a catastrophe.     

 westminster

My Parliamentary staff are always happy to arrange tours of the Houses of Parliament for constituents who are visiting London, subject, of course to Parliamentary business (which can sometimes restrict access) on the day.

A full tour of the Palace of Westminster takes in Sovereign's Entrance, Norman Porch, Royal Gallery, Prince's Chamber, the House of Lords Chamber, Central Lobby, Voting Lobby, Members' Lobby, the House of Commons Chamber, St Stephen's Hall and Westminster Hall.

Due to the strong demand for these tours, it is best to get in touch at least 3 months before your planned visit.

More details here

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Without my fantastic team of staff I couldn't serve the people of Penistone & Stocksbridge.

In Sheffield I have 2 full-time members of staff assited by a further part-time member. Together they look after my diary and casework.

In Lonodn I also emply a part-time member of staff who my assists Seniorr Researcher/Chief of Staff who works in both my London Office and the constituency. 

Meet the team 

Write to Angela at;
The MPs Office
Stocksbridge  Maria House, 3 Fox Valley Way
S36 2AA
Telephone; 0114 2831855

Email officeofangelasmithmp@parliament.uk 

Or you can contact Angela through this website by going below; 

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In addition to their salary, MPs are allowed to claim various expenses to enable them to carry out duties on behalf of constituents

These expenses cover things such as running offices in the constituency and Westminster, the paying of staff, as well as claiming for a second home, which is a necessary expense for many MPs who have to spend part of the week in Westminster.

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If you would like to see Angela personally, or if there is an issue you want to talk to me about, you can arrange to meet her.

Alternatively we can, if you want deal with concern online. For more details go here   

Angela holds regular advice surgeries in throughout the constituency of Penistone & Stocksbridge and at different times and at  locations:

To see Angela at one of her surgeries please call the constituency office on 0114 2831855 to request an appoinment.

We will request the details of your problem before the surgery and then make an appointment for you to see Angela .

You can also write to Angela at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or use the contact form on this website to get in touch

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