Angela Smith

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Angela Smith
MP
Angela Christine Smith, Stocksbridge 2009 AB.jpg
Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
In office
7 October 2011 – 15 April 2014
Leader Edward Miliband
Preceded by Helen Jones
Succeeded by Thomas Docherty
Member of Parliament
for Penistone and Stocksbridge
Sheffield Hillsborough (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Helen Jackson
Majority 1,322 (2.6%)
Personal details
Born (1961-08-16) 16 August 1961 (age 58)
Website www.angelasmith-mp.org.uk


Angela Christine Smith (born 16 August 1961) has represented Penistone and Stocksbridge since 2010. Before boundary changes she was Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Hillsborough from 2005 to 2010.

Parliamentary career

At the 2005 general election, Smith was elected Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hillsborough.< 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. Smith is one of 71 MPs who have signed a petition to re-open the trans-Pennine route and she has on more than one occasion headed debates in Westminster on the need for more railway investment in the north.

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

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

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.