Angela's statement following the meeting of the General Management Committee of Penistone & Stocksbridge Labour Party
Following tonight’s meeting of the General Management Committee of Penistone & Stocksbridge Labour Party, Angela would like to make the following statement.
‘I take my responsibilities as a Member of Parliament very seriously and my first priority is always to do my job, to the best of my ability.
It is frankly astonishing that a cabal of hard left members has absorbed everyone’s precious time and energy on an inaccurate and divisive motion of no confidence. Given that the country is facing its biggest crisis since Suez, one would have thought their attention would be better focused on the huge decision facing the country, a decision that will affect the lives of every one of my constituents for years to come.
I will continue to prioritise our area and my constituents and will not be distracted by internal political posturing such as this.’
Angela will not be making any further comments on this matter.
Angela unites with Charities protect vulnerable people and animals from fireworks distress
Fireworks coalition held event in Westminster to raise awareness of issues around fireworks
A group of charities and membership bodies last week (30th October) held an event in the House of Commons to raise the issue of the devastating impact fireworks can have on vulnerable people and animals.
Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, British Veterinary Association, Cats Protection, The Kennel Club, PTSD UK, and Children’s Burns Trust met with 40 MPs, including Angela Smith MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge to discuss why a change in legislation surrounding fireworks could help prevent millions of people and animals suffering during fireworks season.
The organisations are calling on the Government to conduct a review of existing fireworks legislation with a view to introducing further restrictions on their use. Through further regulating the use of fireworks, the charities hope to limit the unnecessary distress that can be inflicted on so many people and animals during fireworks celebrations.
Dr Rachel Casey, Director of Canine Behaviour and Research at Dogs Trust says,
“The loud unexpected bangs, flashing lights and general unpredictability of fireworks can be distressing for so many animals and people – from dogs, cats and horses to people suffering with PTSD, as well as many other vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children.
We have joined together to raise awareness of this important issue and urge the Government to better regulate the use of fireworks to ensure less suffering as a result of fireworks in years to come.”
Commenting, Angela MP says,
“I’m pleased to support this important cause and hope we can bring about a change in legislation to help limit the distress to vulnerable people and animals caused by fireworks.”
Penistone MP welcomes repairs to Cut Gate
Angela Smith, Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge and keen walker has today welcomed the news that Cut Gate bridleway is to be repaired after the Peak District National Park was awarded a grant of almost £30,000 from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
Cut Gate bridleway within Angela’s constituency has proved its popularity with walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders by gaining the most public votes (57%) in the ‘Eco-tourism, Forest and Mountain’ category of EOCA’s international online competition.
The repair project is part of the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) Mend Our Mountains national campaign – the BMC entered Cut Gate into the competition with support on the bid from the Moors for the Future Partnership.
The project is being championed by user groups including Peak District MTB, Ride Sheffield, Peak Horsepower and Keeper of the Peak, who are promoting the campaign and supporting the fundraising effort.
Commenting Angela, said;
“Cut Gate is one of the most popular routes for people walking or biking in the area. Unfortunately that has taken its toll on the delicate environment and condition of the path. This funding will not only restore the path but hopefully protect it for future generations to enjoy.
I would also like to say a big thank you to all those people who voted for this Cut Gate with it securing more than half the votes available, it just shows how valuable this path is to people.
Sarah Slowther, fundraising development manager for the Peak District National Park Authority, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Cut Gate has won this significant grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association.
“It’s a great boost to this partnership fundraising campaign and we want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who voted for Cut Gate – it’s a real partnership effort and it wouldn’t have happened without you.
“The fact that Cut Gate secured over half of the votes in the category, up against three other fantastic conservation projects, reminds us how well-loved the route is by everyone who uses it.”
The fundraising effort is still continuing and if people want to donate to the campaign to repair Cut Gate they can by going to mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/donations/cut-gate.