Angela Smith MP

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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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How Penistone and Stocksbridge contributes to the UK hospitality sector 

Politics First Article printed December 2018

When it comes to hospitality or tourism I wouldn’t be surprised to find that most people do not give even a second thought to exploring for themselves the delights offered by my constituency. 

After all, how could an area once renowned for steel and coal mining be part of the hospitality business? Well, my advice would be to look again, because the beautiful countryside offered by this small corner of the Pennines has emerged from the shadow of the industries which once dominated the area.   

Far from being a smoke stacked, archetypal part of the north, Penistone and Stocksbridge is characterised by green rolling hills, with around a third of it sitting in the Peak District National Park. An ideal base for walking and cycling, with the former building on the reputation of Sheffield as the walking capital of Britain.   

To the surprise of many in 2014, the Tour De France decided its grand depart would start in Leeds and finish in Sheffield. Well, it was a surprise to all those who don’t know South Yorkshire.  Those who do realise just how special our contribution to the race would be.   Already many cyclists had discovered that the area’s country lanes are ideal riding country and mountain bikers had long since discovered the Peak District National Park offered ideal terrain for their sport.  But downhill bikers too have a love of the area, and indeed one of the sport’s greatest world champions, Steve Peat, is a local. 

But to return to the world-famous Tour de France, which has left both an economic and a sporting legacy for my constituency.  It is estimated that the event brought in some £100m to Yorkshire, with many small businesses reporting an increase in sales. This was especially so in the hospitality sector, which saw accommodation quickly booked up and pubs and restaurants enjoying increases in business as tens of thousands descended on the small town and villages in the area to be part of the race. My constituency was a grateful beneficiary of this boost to the local economy.

What was really priceless was the wall to wall television coverage that brought the area to the attention of a worldwide audience. While locals laughed at commentators desperately trying to pronounce ‘Oughtibridge’ as riders climbed yet another hill, we were nevertheless aware that TV coverage of the race put the village on the map and the world discovered our great countryside. Since then the annual Tour De Yorkshire has twice visited the area and indeed last year the race finished in the town of Stocksbridge. On that occasion, we saw some 3000 amateur riders from all over the country take to the road in the annual sportive and for the event itself, thousands lined the route, turning the streets yellow. 

It is estimated as a result of these events accommodation spend in Yorkshire has increased 6.5% year on year and non-accommodation items such as food and drink, souvenirs and transport are up by some 9%.

That is, however, only part of the story because the exposure these cycling events have brought to the area is helping to transform hospitality, bringing visitors from far and wide to see other attractions throughout the year.

For instance, the ancestral home of the Earl of Wharncliffe, ironically, in typical south Yorkshire fashion is now owned by the trade unions and offers weddings and weekend stays in an idyllic country house setting. Cannon Hall, nestling in the heart of the constituency and once the home of the Spencer-Stanhopes, sits alongside Cannon Hall Farm and together they help Barnsley attract an impressive 1.2m visitors a year.  The Farm, which sits in the grounds of the stately home, is, in fact, going from strength to strength and is now an awarding winning venture and the focus of Channel 5’s Springtime on the Farm.   

All in all, north Sheffield and western Barnsley is doing its bit to build its hospitality sector and in so doing to extend its contribution to the UK economy.  We still make things in our area, but we know that our newly discovered potential for leisure and tourism is a source of future economic strength for us.  With the right support from Government, we could do much more and in so doing not just build our economic contribution to the country, but also our contribution to the country’s health and well-being. 

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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

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 assisted by a further part-time member. Together they look after my diary and casework.

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

Meet the team 

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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.

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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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    Angela Smith: The document makes it clear that environmental standards will be not only maintained but enhanced. Yesterday, a leaked DEFRA paper, written by civil servants, said that the Department for International Trade would push DEFRA to lower...
  • Written Answers — Treasury: Borders: Northern Ireland (8 Oct 2019)
    Angela Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the detailed planning assumptions of the Border Delivery Group for each month since January 2019.
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    Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what impact assessment has been prepared by her Department (a) from 1 January 2018 to 23 July 2019 and (b) since 23 July 2019 after discussions at EU XTP and...
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    Angela Smith: This morning’s negative response from both the business community in Northern Ireland and the majority of the political parties there indicates that the Prime Minister has a great deal of work to do if he is to gain the consent of the...
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