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
 
 
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...
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Friday, 20 September 2019
Joining the Liberal Democrats If someone had told me 4 years ago that I would, in September 2019, attend the LibDem conference as a Liberal Democrat... Read More...
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Thursday, 29 August 2019
Church House Declaration  I write this having just signed the Church House Declaration, along with over 200 colleagues from across the... Read More...
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Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Terrifying game of Brexit poker is no-deal A few weeks ago, the EU granted Teresa May a six-month extension of EU membership, with the proviso that... Read More...
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Thursday, 27 June 2019
Globalisation-The Good, the bad, and the Future  For the Chanel Group. First printed 22/02/17 In recent times ‘globalization’ is a term... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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Monday, 07 October 2019
Angela adds her name to calls for a Northern Forest Angela Smith MP has joined with other northern MPs to write to the Prime Minister asking for... Read More...
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Wednesday, 25 September 2019
My objection letter to the retention of a carpark on Green belt land Re: 19/02907/FUL | Retention of extension to car... Read More...
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The future of water

Article for the Water Report June 2019

Early in May, we saw the Labour Party present once again its plan to renationalise the water industry.  Intriguingly, it did not seem to land as well as previous interventions, possibly because it quite outrageously made the case for buying the industry at below market value.  But another reason surely is the sense that the debate has largely moved on.  Recognition has grown, in other words, that the discussion we need to have is not about who owns what, but rather how to develop effective stewardship of the planet’s most precious resource.  

We should not be entirely surprised by this development.  Its roots belong not just to growing public disquiet at what is perceived as irresponsible and self-interested corporate behaviour, but also to an increasing awareness of the need to place the natural environment at the heart of the decision-making process in every sphere of public life.  It coincides too with the dramatic events of recent weeks – climate change strikes by schoolchildren and direct action in our cities to raise awareness of the need to take more action to tackle emissions.  I make no comment or judgement about the latter, but only the point that they are part of a much broader and deeper concern in society about the future of our planet.

The context, then, for the latest thinking about corporate responsibility in the water sector is profound.  It represents a broad consensus that the progressive way forward for our country cannot be founded on principles from the past, but rather must be based on meeting the needs of the future.  Our society has come to recognise the scale of the challenges facing the world today and consequently, is increasingly sceptical of traditional economic structures.  A quiet revolution is taking place, one which demands that capitalism itself should adapt to the greening of our future.

All this begs a key question.  Is the water industry responding sufficiently to the challenge?  Is it leading the way, or is it being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the debate? 

Who knows?  The answer, I suspect, is not straightforward; I get the sense there are water operators out there who not only understand the need for change but embrace it.  They are excited at the prospect of innovation in the way they do business; they are keen to explore new models for delivering water services which embed at their heart the enhancement of the natural environment.  But is this the case with every water company?  Are they all willing to engage with the concept of the ‘social contract’, the key term used to describe the range of changes necessary to make our water industry fit for the future?  Do they recognise the underpinning of the ‘social contract’ by a belief that our water services need to deliver for wider society as well as for shareholders and individual customers?  We will soon see, I expect, the extent to which the sector has decided to show leadership in delivering this transformative agenda.  It is to be hoped this will materialise, for a failiure to engage in the process of developing a social contract approach to the future will represent lost opportunities – cutting emissions and costs through more efficient use of resources, for example, and securing for the long term the availability of cleaner, healthier water sources from which to draw supply.

In many ways, of course, it feels instinctively right to see leadership on social contracts emerge first in the water sector.  Water is at the heart of our existence; it is the lifeblood of our natural environment.  Those therefore that take ownership of it, extracting it and processing it for human use, should surely understand that this ownership brings with it special responsibilities.  Good husbandry, combined with a strong sense of partnership with customers and stakeholders alike, is surely the progressive way forward for the industry. 

Much will depend, of course, on the leadership shown by the industry’s trade association, Water UK, and in this regard the latter’s publication of a Public Interest Commitment stands as early evidence that it has recognised the case for progressive change and, moreover, understands the need to pay a key role in shaping the transformation required.  Equally, OFWAT’s Chief Executive, Rachel Fletcher, has exhibited a refreshing willingness to adapt the role of the regulator to ensure delivery of the  ‘social contract’.  If we choose to cast the water companies as stewards of our water supply and to a large extent of the natural environment they spring from, as I think we should, then the primary purpose of OFWAT as the guardian of the public interest surely has to be seen as ever more important. This does not mean that the regulator should revert to its past behaviours; on the contrary, it calls for further development of an outcomes-based culture which recognises that the public interest goes far beyond the customer paying the bill. 

Social contracts have significant potential to transform the water industry and it is to be hoped that they will be accepted not grudgingly, but willingly, by the sector.  I conclude, however, by pointing out that the responsibility for delivering improved environmental outcomes does not belong to the water industry alone.  Yes, it has a large part to play – a leading role.  It can work to deliver net zero emissions for its operations and a more robust, healthy natural environment.  But it needs help; we live in a world where the pressure on the natural environment is huge and unremitting.  New homes, new transport infrastructure, new commercial development – all play a role in putting further stress on our natural resources.  I would suggest, therefore, that government needs to think more radically about how best to protect the environment in the context of this unrelenting pressure to build, build, build. 

What we need, in fact, is significant reform of the way we regulate development.  We need a planning system which puts water first, which puts our most precious resource at the heart of the decision-making process.  By so doing, we could maximise opportunities for protecting and enhancing the lifeblood of all our natural resources.

Now, isn’t that a prize worth fighting for? 

    

 

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019
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Friday, 19 July 2019
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Monday, 13 May 2019
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Wednesday, 06 February 2019
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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.

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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 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. 

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Stocksbridge  Maria House, 3 Fox Valley Way
S36 2AA
Telephone; 0114 2831855

Email officeofangelasmithmp@parliament.uk 

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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.

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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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  • Preparations for Leaving the EU (8 Oct 2019)
    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.
  • Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business (8 Oct 2019)
    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...
  • Brexit Negotiations (3 Oct 2019)
    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...
  • Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)
    Angela Smith: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), who concentrated on and spoke eloquently about the impact of domestic abuse on children. I, too, want to concentrate on putting children first and...