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  • Karin Smyth MP responds to Joint Spatial Plan delay
    The Joint Spatial Plan which lays out the proposals for house building across the region has been put on hold as central government officials demand more justification for the location of development. Bristol South MP Karin Smyth has written to the relevant Minister to seek assurances that this will not impact the application for funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund. See full letter below. Letter from Karin Smyth MP to Secretary of State […]
  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on volunteering in Bristol South
    (Newspaper column as seen in the July 2019 edition of The Pigeon) We recently (June) celebrated Volunteers’ Week so I wanted to take this opportunity to recognise all the brilliant work that volunteers do in Bristol South. I’m fortunate enough, in my role as MP, to meet with lots of volunteers who develop, run and work with organisations helping people across the constituency. Bristol City Council’s Quality of Life Index 2018-19 found that, on […]
  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on the Brexit impasse
    (Newspaper column as seen in the July 2019 edition of the South Bristol Voice) People regularly stop me to say what an interesting time it is to be in politics. As a Labour activist for over 30 years, I agree; but sometimes I wish it was a little less ‘interesting’! The years of uncertainty since the referendum have been made much worse by the resignation of Theresa May and the next few months will undoubtedly be difficult. It is […]
  • Karin Smyth MP concerned that Bristol South could be left worse off in terms of healthcare
    Ever since Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) announced its plans to go out to tender for a £1bn, 10 year contract to deliver community health services across the region last year, I’ve raised a number of concerns with the head of the CCG, NHS England and the government. Throughout the process, unidentified bidders were competing against each other in secret without the full picture of […]
  • Karin Smyth MP’s response to Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister
    The selection by fewer than 95,000 thousand Conservatives of Boris Johnson as leader and, by default, our new Prime Minister, is deeply concerning and will have huge ramifications for us all. At a time when our country desperately needs bringing together, we are left with an extremely divisive Prime Minister, who has repeatedly insulted women, BAME groups and the LGBTQ+ community and has strained diplomatic relations. Where Johnson’s […]
  • Government releases report into trailer safety as result of campaign by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth and family of Freddie Hussey
    The government has released an important report into trailer safety in the UK in response an ongoing campaign by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth and the parents of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey who died when he was hit by a runaway trailer in Bedminster in 2014. Working closely with Donna and Scott Hussey, Karin has been pushing for action in Parliament to address the problem of ill-fitted and faulty trailers as well as raising awareness […]
  • Bedminster pharmacist wins national NHS award after being nominated by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth
    Bristol South MP Karin Smyth has welcomed national recognition for a local Ade Williams at Bedminster Pharmacy in the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards. MPs in England were asked to nominate individuals and teams serving their constituents across ten categories. Regional champions were selected in June, with the national winners chosen by a panel of senior leaders representing staff and patients. Ade scooped the national prize in the Primary […]