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...
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Meaningful Vote

Printed in the Farmers Guardian December 2018

As I write this article the Prime Minister has just decided to delay the meaningful vote on the ‘Withdrawal Agreement’, to allow her to get some sort of assurance from the other 27 members of the EU on the Irish backstop.

As we know, the Prime Ministers Agreement includes an Irish backstop which would leave Northern Ireland in a different place to the rest of the UK.  This is a mechanism the DUP, hard-line Brexiteers and many others could never tolerate. Whether the Prime Minister can get further assurances from the EU is debatable and whether these might satisfy her opponents is highly unlikely.

So where now? Well, to be honest your guess is as good as mine. The truth is we are as a country in uncharted waters, with a full blown political crisis on our hands, if not a constitutional one, with maybe an economic one thrown in for good measure.

What is certainly true is this is not a great place to be.  I know, though, that ‘No Deal’ would be utterly disastrous and hopefully Parliament will work to take this option off the table.   

Some are saying we need a General Election, to be honest I think that’s the last thing the country needs right now.  And who could guarantee it would deliver a radically different outcome to the 2017 result? 

I’ve therefore come to the firm conclusion the only way out of this gridlock is to put the issue back to the people in a ‘People’s vote’.  This would offer on the ballot paper May’s Agreement alongside staying in the EU as the alternative option.   

It has been suggested this would be undemocratic and a betrayal of the 2016 result.  I disagree.   First of all, how can more democracy be the wrong thing to do?  A further vote would offer a final say, an opportunity for voters to give informed consent to May’s proposed Brexit.  And the betrayal belongs to those who campaigned for leave on the basis of a fantasy vision of what leave would look like. 

As we move on to an uncertain Christmas and New Year, one thing is clear – the Government has not got on with Brexit.  Moreover, if May’s Agreement is adopted, we will be focused for many years on agreeing with the EU the future trading relationship.

Brexit is not over and done with and won’t be for many years to come. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail in the New Year and the country can start to chart its way out of the stormy seas it finds itself in, towards calmer waters.  If we don’t all of us will all suffer the consequences, not least the farmers who work so hard to feed the nation.

 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.

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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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