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  • Update on neonicotinoids and bee welfare
    Karin Smyth MP is often asked about the main issues raised by her constituents in Bristol South. One of the issues which continues to be of major importance is the use of neonicotinoid insecticides and their impact on the bee population. She has recently written to the constituents who have contacted her in the past about the issue with the following update: The Government has so far been unclear on its position with regard to restrictions on […]
  • Bristol-based technology offers affordable access to Braille
    Karin Smyth MP joined blind and partially-sighted people in Bedminster to see ground-breaking technology that promises access to Braille at a fraction of the cost of conventional means. Bristol Braille Technology (BBT), a not-for-profit company based at Bristol Hackspace, Bedminster, has developed the world’s first multiline digital Braille eBook reader, Canute. Managing Director Ed Rodgers joined the Bristol South MP and a group of local blind […]
  • Electrification announcement doesn’t augur well for Bristol passengers
    Commenting on news that plans for electrification of the mainline from Cardiff to Swansea have been dropped, Bristol South MP Karin Smyth said: “I have been asking Ministers for clarification over the delayed electrification of lines into Bristol: will it happen or not? I haven’t been given a straight answer but the ditching of electrification between Cardiff and Swansea doesn’t augur well for passengers in Bristol and the south west.” […]
  • Karin Smyth appointed Shadow Deputy Leader of the House
    Karin Smyth MP has been appointed to a new Parliamentary post as Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. As Deputy to Valerie Vaz MP (Shadow Leader of the House of Commons) Karin Smyth will be central to the Labour front bench team’s input to the arrangement of Commons business. “I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into this new role, playing a key part in holding the government to account. We need to ensure we have a modern, open […]
  • Relaunch of Bedminster-inspired government trailer safety campaign
    Bristol South MP Karin Smyth has welcomed the relaunch of a road safety campaign led by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in honour of three year-old Bedminster boy Freddie Hussey, killed by a trailer in 2014. The #TowSafe4Freddie campaign is re-launched by the DVSA from today, 17 July. Karin Smyth, who has been campaigning on trailer safety after she was approached for support by Freddie’s parents Donna and Scott, said: “I’m […]
  • ‘Important’ trailer safety scheme backed by Bristol MP and road safety Minister
    A new initiative aimed at improving the safety of towed trailers on roads has received government backing, after a Bristol MP highlighted it in Parliament. Karin Smyth, who has been campaigning on trailer safety following a constituency tragedy, drew attention in the Commons to a new being scheme run by the National Trailer and Towing Association (NTTA) which allows members of the public a free trailer safety check from its participating […]
  • Time to rethink making careers in the NHS attractive to people of all backgrounds
    Karin Smyth MP has renewed calls for people from all backgrounds to be actively encouraged into careers in health and social care. In a new article written for Progress this week, the Bristol South MP says more funding on its own is not enough to tackle the National Health Service’s nursing shortage. Following the publication of figures showing that for the first time since 2008, more nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in the United […]