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  • Weekly Round-Up :: 22 September 2023
    My week started with a visit to the Senedd in Cardiff. The Welsh Parliament was the setting for the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA). For those of you not aware, BIPA was founded in 1990 as a vital link between the UK Parliament and Houses of the Oireachtas. In 2001 membership was enlarged to include the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the High Court of Tynwald and the States of Guernsey and […]
  • Weekly Round-Up :: 16 September 2023
    I was pleased to speak at the Kidney Research UK reception for the launch of their report on the health economics of kidney disease. We also heard from Andy Cole, formerly of Bristol City and who now uses his experience of kidney disease to be an ambassador for Kidney Research UK, and Professor Sir Steve Powis, the National Medical Director of NHS England. The kidneys are vital and complex organs that control substances in the blood and keep the […]
  • Karin Smyth MP shares concern over unemployment figures in south Bristol
    Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has highlighted her concern at this week’s unemployment figures as they show an annual increase in total unemployment. In August 2023, there were 2,825 actual claimants in Bristol South constituency, which was 3.8% of the population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.7%. Figures reveal that there were 550 claimants aged 18-24, which was 5.9% of the population aged 18-24. The equivalent UK […]
  • Weekly Round-Up :: 08 September 2023
    I’m delighted to join the His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’s Health team as the Shadow Minister for Health focusing on NHS reform. This follows on from my time provided maternity leave cover for the Opposition Health team. As many of you know, before becoming your Member of Parliament, I was an NHS manager and I’m looking forward to bringing this experience with me into the role. Schools are back as well but it’s been a very stressful first week […]
  • Home Office public consultation on firearms highlights need for air weapon reform says Karin Smyth MP
    Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, continues to campaign for fundamental reform of air weapon laws. She has highlighted the need for the Home Office to widen their firearms consultation to take air weapons into account. The Member of Parliament for Bristol South has sought changes to air weapon laws following an incident in her constituency. An 18-month-old constituent was shot in the head with an air weapon by an adult. He now lives with a […]
  • Weekly Round-up :: 14th July
    I started the week in Uxbridge supporting the efforts of Labour’s candidate Danny Beales in the by-election that is taking place next week. It’s clear that the people in Uxbridge are annoyed and frustrated with what they see as an absentee MP and want an MP who will representative them to Parliament and be a real party of their community. Listening to voters in Uxbridge, there were lots of overlaps with the issues I am contacted about by my […]
  • Karin Smyth MP shares continued frustration that unemployment figures aren’t improving in the area
    Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has reacted to this week’s unemployment figures with frustration as they demonstrate the Tory Government has not got a grip of the fragile economy. Figures released this week show that there has been a 4% increase in 16-64 year-olds who are unemployed within the Bristol South constituency between the months of May to June 2023. With 2,775 people seeking unemployment support in this age bracket, it represents a […]