Ruth Smeeth

Former Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North


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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Finance 5 Nov 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people who are in receipt of support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 are able to pay (a) travel costs that can only be paid in cash and (b) other travel costs in order to attend Home Office reporting centres.
  • Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights 29 Oct 2019

    The Secretary of State has repeatedly discussed pay inflation in response to questions. The west midlands TUC has today published pay level analysis. My constituents are currently experiencing the worst pay squeeze in 200 years and are still earning less in real terms than in 2008. We cannot trust the Government on pay, so how can we trust them to deliver the workers’ rights that I, along...
  • Health and Social Care: Hearing Aids 29 Oct 2019

    North Staffordshire clinical commissioning group is the only CCG in the country to restrict hearing aids. It is about to launch its consultation to ensure that all my constituents can get hearing aids when they need them. Does the Minister agree that it should be compliant with NICE guidelines?

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Former Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election

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Topics of interest

Ruth Smeeth campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Home Office
  • Department for Transport
  • HM Treasury
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Visas
  • Defence Fire and Rescue Service
  • European Fighter Aircraft
  • Hawk Aircraft
  • Treasury: Tableware

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Defence Sub-Committee (12 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Defence Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Armed Forces Bill Committee (26 Oct 2015 to 24 Nov 2015)
  • Member, Defence Sub-Committee (8 Sep 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Defence Committee (6 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.

2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: USDAW
Address of donor: 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6LJ

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £6,000

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 24 October 2019)
8. Miscellaneous
I have been a board member of Hope Not Hate Ltd since 19 May 2015. (Registered 05 June 2015)

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