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  • 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 […]
  • Karin Smyth MP on the community response to the Cornavirus crisis
    In times of crisis, as the famous quote goes, look for the helpers.    And in Bristol South, they’re everywhere. Bristol City Council is doing a great job of co-ordinating this effort – establishing need, working with charity partners to put systems in place to help people through this. Much of this has been about building on what’s has already been developed by local people over many […]
  • Karin Smyth MP and Labour Party seeking answers from Government on issues with Coronavirus support
    Bristol South MP Karin Smyth is working closely with her colleagues in parliament to seek clarification on some of the support available, challenge any issues that arise from this and hold the government to account over its decisions and approach. Karin has been contacted by constituents who have questions and concerns around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, support for self-employed people and small businesses and Universal Credit. She has […]
  • Karin Smyth MP on supporting constituents during the Coronavirus pandemic
    The COVID-19 crisis is shaking our society to its core. It’s an extremely worrying time for everyone – with so much uncertainty and no real indication of when it might end; but we will get through this together.  My team and I are working remotely to support constituents through this – listening to concerns, signposting to vital services and helping people to navigate the system, while working […]