This afternoon (11/02/19) Angela Smith, Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge attempted to hand over her almost 50,000 petition to the Leader of the Labour.
Unfortunately, representatives of the Labour Party refused to take the petition, instead insisting she email it to the Jeremy Corbyn.
The petition has been running since Christmas and asks on Labour’s Leader Jeremy Corbyn to back a People’s Vote on Brexit at the earliest opportunity -- and if he is successful in forcing a General Election Labour's manifesto must commit clearly to an immediate People's Vote, in which Labour will campaign to remain.
It has gained massive support with many thousands of Labour Party members declaring their support.
Amongst them and helping Angela deliver the petition was Ayo Adesina who originally voted to leave the EU, but now regrets that choice and would like to see a final say referendum on any deal which might be agreed upon.
I started this petition because like many members I want Jeremy to commit to implementing party policy, as set at conference, which is to support a final say, peoples vote referendum and if we are successful in forcing an early election that a peoples vote becomes a centre piece of the manifesto.
We know a majority of members support a peoples vote, along with a majority of Labour votes. Given the chaos of the government’s position on Brexit and the inability of Parliament to agree a way forward the only answer to let the people have the final say.
Given the importance of the decision and the numbers of people who have signed the petition, I have to say though I was disappointed no one from the Labour Party would accept it. I won’t be deterred though, and I will keep on fighting for a final say referendum. It is the right thing to do and it’s something the Leader of the Labour said he would support.
The wording of the petition is “ Brexit in any form poses real harm to our country’s future. And with new dangers coming to light every day, we believe that MPs should give the public the final say, which must include an option to remain in the European Union.
We call on Labour’s Leader Jeremy Corbyn to back a People’s Vote on Brexit at the earliest opportunity -- and if he is successful in forcing a General Election then Labour's manifesto must commit clearly to an immediate People's Vote, in which Labour will campaign to remain.”
The full link for the petition can found at https://www.change.org/p/jeremy-corbyn-labour-must-now-lead-on-a-people-s-vote?recruiter=914203701&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive
Local school children collect prizes in local MPs Christmas Card Competition
This Saturday (1st December) saw Ozzie Owl, Angela Smith MP and the mayor of Stockbridge, Julie Grocutt give out prizes to the winners of her annual Christmas card competition, now in its 14th year.
The competition run in conjunction with local primary schools provides Angela with her official Christmas card and the chance for the lucky winners to have their picture on the card.
Commenting on the competition, Angela said;
“I would like to thank all those children who took part in last year’s competition and also all the schools who allowed the children to take part. A special thank you must also go out to all the companies who donated the money which made it all possible”
The winning cards have now gone out to almost 2000 people, both within the constituency and further afield, including the leaders of all the political parties.
Well done to everyone who took part!”
The winners of the competition received gifts donated by local sponsors