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  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on South Bristol Community Hospital
    (Newspaper column as seen in the October 2019 edition of The Pigeon) I’ve spoken before about my concern over the recommissioning of adult community health services in the region. Last month, Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) announced it had awarded a £1bn 10-year contract to deliver adult community  health services to a new provider – Sirona. Changing provider is a […]
  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on local NHS services
    (Newspaper column as seen in the October 2019 edition of the South Bristol Voice) Before I became a politician, I worked in NHS management. As MP for Bristol South I’m acutely aware of the health inequality that exists here and the great need for first-rate healthcare close to home for my constituents. For these, and many other reasons, health is one of the main areas I focus on as your MP.   You may have seen that I […]
  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on Early Years education in Bristol South
    (Newspaper column as seen in the September 2019 edition of The Pigeon) I’ve been a longtime supporter of Early Years education. Before I became an MP, I was a governor of a nursery school and my own children all benefited from the previous Labour government’s investment into Early Years education, so I appreciate first-hand how valuable it is.  Nurseries and pre-schools have such an important role to play in […]
  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on Universal Credit
    (Newspaper column as seen in the September 2019 edition of the South Bristol Voice) Since Universal Credit was introduced for all new claimants in Bristol South last summer, I’ve been helping constituents with many problems including delayed payments, inaccurate entitlement calculations and historic debt. I’ve also raised multiple issues with Ministers in Parliament and have been in contact with the Department for Work and Pensions to […]
  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on Climate Change
    (Newspaper column as seen in the August 2019 edition of The Pigeon) I’ve been contacted by a lot of people in recent months who are concerned about climate change. It’s something which deeply concerns me too.  I was pleased that the Labour Party’s Shadow DEFRA Secretary, Sue Hayman, declared a climate emergency in March which we then passed on the floor of the House of Commons in May. It comes after Bristol City Council […]
  • OPINION: Karin Smyth MP on housing development in Bristol South
    (Newspaper column as seen in the August 2019 edition of the South Bristol Voice) Bristol’s need for more housing will see development across the constituency in the coming years and I welcome that. However, we must make sure that developers are building the right homes, of the right tenure, in the right place to support sustainable communities. It is vital that residents are involved in these decisions.   The Bedminster Framework, […]
  • Karin Smyth MP working with colleagues in Parliament to stop ‘No Deal’ Brexit
    Following a very chaotic time in Parliament since Prime Minister Boris Johnson took over from Theresa May, Bristol South MP Karin Smyth has reiterated her opposition to leaving the EU without a deal. Karin says: “This is an anxious time for everyone. It is clear that the Prime Minister wants to plough on with Brexit regardless of the consequences.   I have repeatedly said I cannot support a No Deal scenario: opposition to this was […]