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Karin's Parliamentary Work

Speaking in Parliament

The UK public elects Members of Parliament to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs consider and can propose new laws, and take part in debates, as well as raising issues that matter to you in the House. This includes asking government ministers questions about current issues including those which affect local constituents. 

View Karin's spoken contributions in Parliament

Health Minister

Some MPs are given responsibility by their political party to serve as Ministers, Shadow Ministers or Spokespeople. Karin currently serves as Labour's Minister for Health. 

View Labour's plans to Build an NHS Fit for the Future

All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs)

APPGs are groups with cross-party membership of MPs and Peers, which meet to discuss, campaign on and promote a certain issue.  Karin has been Chair of the Choice at the End of Life APPG and the Trailer & Towing Safety APPG.

View the list of APPGs on which Karin served as an Officer

Read more about Karin's campaigning work

British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

Karin sits on the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA), currently serving as British Vice-Chair. The Assembly's aim is to promote co-operation between political representatives in Britain and Ireland for the benefit of the people we represent. We want to build on the close relationships established in recent years between politicians throughout Britain and Ireland. 

View more about the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

Meeting People

To be able to undertake her role, Karin meets with a wide range of people. Constituents and organisations based in Bristol South (such as schools) can visit Parliament. Groups campaigning for particular interests come to Parliament to inform and persuade MPs to support their cause. You can see a gallery of photographs taken as such meetings below, and can read about Karin's latest meetings in the News section.

Karin Smyth MP speaking in Parliament
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Karin supporting the Trailer Safety APPG
Karin Smyth MP addressing the Stormont Assembly
Karin Smyth MP talikng to people in Filwood
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