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
 
 
IMAGE Daily Telegraph Comment
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...
IMAGE Labour and the Tories lost out in the elections because they offer little Brexit clarity
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...
Statement from the Office of Angela Smith MP
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...

Reducing most favoured nation tariffs to Zero  

This week Parliament could have the chance to take a no deal Brexit off the table. I believe it is vital we Parliamentarians take up that opportunity if it duly arrives.

To demonstrate just how dangerous a no deal Brexit could be to the UK's prospects it is likely the Government will this week table proposals which, in the event of a no deal will mean the UK reducing tariffs on a large proportion of its imports to zero.   

The Government claims the rationale behind this dramatic move is to protect consumers from price increases.  The consequence for many manufacturers, however, would be a significant risk of cheap imports flooding the domestic market, while simultaneously their exports would see tariffs imposed, where once there were none. 

For example, in the context of a no deal exit from the EU a new 12% tariff would be in place on all tableware going into EU member states, whereas previously such exports enjoyed tariff-free status.  With the commencement of this proposed legislation, however, imports, on the other hand, from the EU would maintain a zero tariff and because of WTO rules with regards to “most favoured nation status” UK import tariffs from many other countries would also have to be reduced to zero, where once a tariff was in place. This trading environment would create a serious risk for UK manufacturers, undermining their competitiveness in global markets.   

If this proposal is allowed to go ahead it could devastate many of our manufacturing sectors and seriously damage our industrial base, jeopardising tens of thousands of jobs and fundamentally changing the British economy.    

Ours is a country which prides itself on its manufacturing traditions and which remains ambitious about maintaining and indeed extending its capabilities.  Recent years have seen an impressive expansion in partnerships between industry and academia; the very first catapult was pioneered in South Yorkshire nearly twenty years ago at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and today we see many such centres across the country.   

Are we really going to put all this ambition, all this investment, all this hope for the future, at risk?  Are we going to sacrifice jobs and wealth creation for the sake of an ideological belief that a no deal Brexit would be good for Britain, whereas in fact there is not a shred of evidence that this is the case?  

My constituency is home to both ceramics manufacturing and steel making.  Well over 90% of Britain’s clay pipe manufacturing capability is based in Penistone and Stocksbridge and our local steel plant makes some of the best steel in the world.  We are proud of our contribution to the country’s economy and we do not want to see these vital industrial interests damaged.  We want to look forward, not back, and we understand that a level playing field in the context of international trade is vital to the stability and growth of our industrial capacity.   

In a national context, it is worth bearing in mind that some 22,000 people are employed in the ceramics sector alone.  It is a thriving sector, having recovered from the 2008 crash and despite the challenges, it faces in relation to key costs, such as energy.  The tariff proposals, however, would represent a serious threat to the sector and put many well-paid jobs at risk.   

Worse still, the government is attempting to sneak through these major changes by classifying them as ‘secondary legislation’, which of course means that Parliamentary scrutiny of the proposals would be minimal.   

There is, however, a better way.  Why is the Prime Minister deploying precious Government resources on proposals such as this, when she knows full well that Parliament has already determined it will not support a no-deal Brexit?  Why is she deepening the unease with which British business looks to the future by engaging in a reckless game with Parliament, attempting with her no-deal preparations to blackmail MPs into backing her Withdrawal Agreement?   

The Prime Minister must remove “No Deal” from the table. She must stand up to the ideological zealots in her party before it is too late.   

Ministers need to come to the floor of the House to explain to MPs why they are attempting to forge ahead with no-deal planning, when both Parliament and the country is opposed to it and when it could so much damage to our industrial base.

 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.

Since the General Election of 2010 the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority monitors and sets MPs expenses. They regularly publish Members expenses online on a 3 monthly basis. Click below for more details.

 IPSA 

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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