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...
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...
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My constituents, including many farmers, did not vote in the referendum to make themselves poorer

Publised on the Farmers Guardian May 2018

Let me be clear. My constituents, including many farmers, did not vote in the referendum to make themselves poorer. Currently, if we are not careful, personal ambition and ideology from some in the Cabinet could do just that. If that is allowed to happen our children will never forgive us, and rightly so.     

It’s time for Parliamentarians to put country before party and personal ambition. Let’s make sure our current trading relationship with our closest partners is maintained. Yes, on March 30th of next year we will leave the EU, as the British people voted in the referendum.  How we leave is still open for negotiation.  

The battle over customs arrangements will shortly move from Downing Street to the House of Commons. As it stands, it very much looks like there could be a majority in the Commons to put in place some form of Custom Union that will maintain frictionless trade and keep Ireland free of hard borders. 

As a minimum, a future customs relationship between the UK and the EU must avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  Not only would this endanger peace in the province, it would create extra layers of bureaucracy that farmers can ill afford.  Tariffs will only add to costs, meaning consumers will pay more and farmers will be pushed further to the edge of viability.

Within the agriculture sector, produce routinely cross borders several times before the final product reaches the customer. This is especially true on the island of Ireland. Milk, for example, can cross the Irish border several times as it is processed, to create great value products, such as cheese.  Disruption caused by border checks could threaten that trade and  put barriers in place, financial or otherwise, that would be catastrophic. 

Well, the frictionless trade created by the Customs Union has allowed companies to see the whole of the EU’s 550m citizens as their home market with no borders and no checks. It has reduced costs, bureaucracy and allowed for unprecedented growth amongst its participants.

One might ask just why the shape of our customs arrangements with the EU is so important. After all, many successful countries do not have the complex relationship we have with our European partners. 

As I write, Theresa May is locked in a battle of wills with her Cabinet Colleagues over the UKs future customs arrangements with the EU – a battle the Government is seemingly incapable of resolving.

With less than a year to go before the UK leaves the European Union, it is alarming that the Government has made such little progress in shaping our future relationship with the EU. It is doubly alarming for an agriculture sector that relies so heavily on a strong and seamless relationship with our European partners. Let’s remember too it is a sector that provides some 475,000 jobs across the UK, just over 60% of the country’s food  and is worth £10bn to the UK economy.

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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

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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.

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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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