Angela C. Smith

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This article is about the current MP for the Sheffield-area constituency of Penistone and Stockbridge. For the former MP for Basildon in Essex, see Angela Smith, Baroness Smith of Basildon. For other uses, see Angela Smith (disambiguation).
Angela Christine Smith
Angela Christine Smith, Stocksbridge 2009 AB.jpg
Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
Assumed office
7 October 2011
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Helen Jones
Member of Parliament
for Penistone and Stocksbridge
Sheffield Hillsborough (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Helen Jackson
Majority 6,723 (14.3%)
Personal details
Born (1961-08-16) 16 August 1961 (age 54)
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Steven Wilson[1]
Children 1 stepdaughter
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Occupation English lecturer—Dearne Valley College
Profession English Lecturer

Angela Christine Smith (born 16 August 1961) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Hillsborough from 2005 to 2010, when she was elected to serve the new constituency of Penistone and Stocksbridge

Early life and career before parliament[edit]

Smith grew up in Grimsby, where her grandfather had been the Mayor.[2] She went to Waltham Leas Primary School, now The Leas Junior School on Manor Drive in Waltham and Tollbar Secondary School, in New Waltham, Lincolnshire.

She joined the Labour Party at the age of 16 and worked for the NHS for five years, before taking A levels on an evening course. She studied English at the University of Nottingham in September 1987.

She started a PhD at Newnham College, Cambridge and was an English lecturer at Dearne Valley College in Wath upon Dearne from 1994 until 2003.

She was a councillor on Sheffield City Council for 10 years for the Broomhill ward.[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

At the 2005 general election Smith was elected Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hillsborough.[3] In 2007 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary and chief aide to Yvette Cooper.

During her tenure Smith worked to reinstate the former Woodhead Line between Hadfield and Penistone.[4] Mrs Smith is one of 71 MPs who have signed a petition to re-open the transpennine route and she has on more than one occasion headed debates in Westminster on the need for more railway investment in the north. She is one of 98 MPs who voted to attempt to keep their expense details secret on the basis of Member Constituent confidentiality, and in order to protect the private addresses of MP's being readily available to the public.[5]

In July 2009 she introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill to the House of Commons which if accepted by government would change the law to give people more legal protection against attacks by dogs. She works with the RSPCA and the Communication Workers Union on the issue.[6]

The Sheffield Hillsborough seat was abolished at the 2010 election, but Smith became MP for the newly created Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency.

After a spell as opposition Whip, Smith was promoted to the front bench as the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House in October 2010.[7]

Smith was voted Constituency MP of the year 2011-12, voted for by fellow MPs, honouring her campaign against the axing of an £80 million loan to Sheffield Forgemasters. She followed this up by being awarded the League Against Cruel Sports' Parliamentarian of the Year in 2013 for her efforts against the trial badger cull, in which she worked with campaigner Brian May, as well as recognition for her wider campaign in protecting animals from cruelty.[8]

Expenses Scandal[edit]

In 2009 Smith was one of the MPs whose expenses were highlighted by The Daily Telegraph during the Parliamentary expenses scandal, as she had submitted expenses claims for four beds for a one bedroom flat in London.[9] In response she advised "The principle of supporting MPs to set up a London base is an important one. You will note from my website that I did not claim for home contents of any kind in 2008-09 and I never will again. I have received support to set up a London base and am grateful for that, but that’s it. Future replacement costs will be borne by myself.”

The Telegraph later alleged that Angela Smith was amongst MPs to have edited their own Wikipedia article to remove references to the expense scandal.[10]

Vote to Bomb Syria[edit]

Angela Smith was one of 66 Labour MPs to vote, with the Conservative government, in favour of airstrikes in Syria.[11]

Personal life and family[edit]

In 2005 Smith married Steve Wilson, a former Sheffield City Councillor, whom she now employs as a parliamentary aide.[12] Angela is also a Sheffield Wednesday FC season ticket holder, a Rolling Stones fan, and a keen walker.


  1. ^ "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Part 2: Part 2". Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Angela Smith - A Biography". Angela Smith MP (official website). Angela Smith. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Election 2005 Result: Sheffield Hillsborough". BBC News (BBC). 23 May 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Marsden, Richard (26 February 2008). "Angela Smith in talks over future of Woodhead tunnel". The Star (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "How your MP voted on the FOI Bill". Times Online (London: Times Newspapers Ltd.). 20 May 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Bid to toughen up law on dogs". The Star (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). 2 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to the website of Angela Smith MP - About Angela". 17 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to the website of Angela Smith MP - Angela is named Parliamentarian of the Year 2013". 19 July 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Johnston, Ian (24 May 2009). "MPs' expenses: New MP sought four beds for a one-bedroom London flat". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "MPs accused of Wikipedia expenses 'cover-up'". Daily Telegraph. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
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External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Helen Jackson
Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hillsborough
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Penistone & Stocksbridge