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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Politics is broken

Published on the Politics home website 22nd April 2019

Angela's speech to Parliament can be found Here 

Politics is broken, with both Labour and the Conservatives no longer fit for purpose and utterly unfit for power.

Evidence is also showing voters are losing confidence in our democracy. For example, at the 2015 election less than 50% of 18-24-year olds voted, as compared to nearly 80% aged over 65.  Turnout generally in elections is also falling, giving a sense that ‘neither of the above’ is an increasingly attractive choice for British voters.   

We are also seeing dramatic divides in terms of how people vote. No longer is social class the driving force.  For instance, the recent British Social Attitudes Survey found only 8% of voters strongly identify with a political party, whereas 40% identify very firmly as either Remainers or Leavers. 

It is against this backdrop we see the decline of the ‘broad churches that once represented the Labour and Tory traditions.  Both parties have lurched to their extremes and are deeply divided. Both have demonstrated that their own survival is more important to them than the national interest.  

I have always supported the First Past the Post voting system, but no longer.  Our broken politics has finally persuaded me that we desperately need reform.  I had always bought into the rhetoric that it is the only system capable of producing strong and stable government. Yet it is 14 years since a party won an election with a sustainable majority and even then, it was with only 36% of the popular vote. And just look at Parliament now, where we have a minority Government paralysed and fractured by events and the most ineffective Official Opposition of the post-war period.    

It is now clear that many voters have been rendered electorally homeless by the political decline which characterises both Labour and the Tories.  These alienated voters are desperate for an alternative but know too that First Past the Post works against giving them the power to exercise a meaningful choice.  It a discredited system which limits the options available in an election and which effectively gives the two major parties the power to manage the choices available to the electorate.     

It is now vital political parties recognise the scale of the change needed because if we don’t there could be long-term damage on our democracy.    

If we are serious about changing politics, we must recognize the need for a more pluralistic electoral system which gives voters control over the kind of politics they judge best for the country.    

No longer can excuses be made to avoid change. Indeed, every new legislature created by Parliament uses some form of PR.  In Scotland, for example the Additional Member System is used to elect MSPs, Single Transferable Vote is used for council elections, as it is in Northern Ireland for the Assembly.  Indeed, even the Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons are elected by Single Transferable Vote. 

If we are serious about changing our politics, then we must recognize the need for a more pluralistic electoral system which gives voters control over the kind of politics they want in Westminster.  It should not be in the gift of outdated, tired political parties to make that choice for them. 

 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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