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  • Job vacancy: Caseworker office of Karin Smyth MP
    Karin Smyth, MP in Bristol South, is looking for a caseworker to join her constituency team to help respond to higher levels of casework due the coronavirus pandemic. This new position is a part time, fixed term post. The successful candidate will work closely with the Senior Caseworker. The role is interesting and covers a broad range of casework. Training will be provided as needed. The role is based in Karin’s constituency office in Bristol […]
  • Karin Smyth MP on the role of schools and nurseries during the Coronavirus crisis
    When the Government first introduced restrictions designed to restrict the spread of Coronavirus in March, most schools and nurseries across Bristol South remained open for vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers, with all other children remaining home to stop the virus passing from one family to another.   Since then, the government has revised the guidance, saying schools can open to certain year groups. The […]
  • Karin Smyth MP on supporting local media through the Coronavirus crisis
    Some of you may have read some of the regular columns I write for local newspapers – from the South Bristol Voice and The Pigeon to the Bristol Post. I’m also a regular reader of these publications – along with other local papers such as The Bristol Cable and Bristol 24/7 – and I know just how important they are for local people, especially those not as digitally dependent as others. I’ve been in touch with these publishers as well […]
  • Support for Businesses in Bristol South during the Coronavirus crisis
    I have been having weekly calls with local leaders and all of the Bristol MPs to ensure we are doing all we can as a city to get the help to those who need it during this crisis, including the many businesses that make up our local economy. I know this is a very uncertain and challenging time for everyone – particularly businesses and sole traders. I’ve been in touch with a lot of local business owners about the impact of Coronavirus […]
  • Karin Smyth MP urges Government to step up support for apprentices during Coronavirus crisis
    Bristol South is one of the areas of the UK in which the lowest percentage of 18-year-olds go to university – less than 1 in 5 (see earlier article). Quality apprenticeships offer a route to degree-level qualifications and decent career prospects for those who don’t take the university route. It creates options, where there otherwise would not be many. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been championing apprenticeships since I […]
  • Karin Smyth MP on the importance of Coronavirus testing and contact tracing
    There has been much confusion around the latest announcement from the government on changes to the lockdown restrictions. The Labour Party, under the leadership of Keir Starmer, has been pushing the government for more details on the plan going forward as there are many questions left unanswered (see an example of this here).  The virus remains active in our communties and, in order to help […]
  • Karin Smyth MP speaks remotely in Domestic Abuse Bill
    Last week, I spoke via video link in an important parliamentary debate on domestic abuse. The Domestic Abuse Bill brings in some key changes to existing law – including strengthening support for victims and provisions prohibiting cross-examination in the courts. Another welcome change to the rules means that those fleeing domestic abuse and facing homelessness as a result will be […]