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  • 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 part of […]
  • Karin Smyth MP responds to announcement of new community health provider in Bristol South
    Bristol South MP Karin Smyth has been speaking out against the ill-advised recommissioning of adult community health services by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG). The CCG this week revealed that it has appointed a single new provider – Sirona – which will take over the delivery of services in Bristol South from current provider Bristol Community Health in April 2020. Karin says: […]
  • 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 […]