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Andrew today pledged his support to carers across Oxford as part of the national Carers Week 2015 awareness campaign, which runs from 8-14th June.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, with over 9000 in Oxford East.

Without the right help and support, caring can have a devastating impact – carers can quickly become isolated, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard.

The six charities driving Carers Week 2015 are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to take action to improve the lives of carers by building ‘carer-friendly communities’ that consider and support their needs.

The call comes after research for Carers Week revealed that the variation in the support and recognition carers experience from services across the country is putting the health of many carers, and their ability to support the people they care for, at risk.

Andrew said: "Carers make a vital contribution to our society but too often don't receive the support they need, which can have a large effect on their own lives. We need to do more to support carers and build carer-friendly communities, which is why I am backing Carers Week 2015

 

Andrew backs Carers Week 2015

Andrew was re-elected as the MP for Oxford East on Thursday night with a hugely increased majority.

Andrew secured 25,356 votes which was 50% of the vote, on a turnout of 64%. The second placed candidate was the Conservative, 15,280 votes behind.

Andrew said: "It is an honour to be re-elected as the MP for Oxford East for the 7th time. I will continue working hard for everyone in Oxford East, regardless of which party they supported."

You can find the full results here.

 

 

Andrew Smith re-elected

Today, March 30th, Parliament was dissolved until after the General Election. This means that there are currently no MPs until after the election.

This website was established when Andrew was a member of parliament, and is now frozen until after the election if he is re-elected.

You can find out about Andrew's campaign at his campaign website: http://www.andrewsmithonyourside.org.uk/

Parliament Dissolved

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Andrew has criticised the Government for its environmentally hazardous dash for gas with fracking. 

The Coalition threw its support behind fracking, with an Infrastructure Bill including measures to encourage fracking under their own homes.

Forced into a position of minority opposition, Labour stood against the Government's attempt to stop firms having to notify residents of fracking in their area. Labour insisted upon mandatory Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for all fracking operations, along with independent inspections of wells and monitoring of fugitive methane emissions. Under the circumstances, Labour's thirteen conditions were the best that could be acquired.

Unfortunately, the Government have since thrown out these conditions in the House of Lords after accepting them in the House of Commons. The replacement proposals would allow the Secretary of State to decide which groundwater and protected areas are covered by the Bill and require planning authorities to consider the environmental impact of a development rather than insist on an EIA.

Particularly concerning is the concerted attempt to loosen Labour's requirement that people have to be notified individually of fracking in their area. Labour will challenge the new proposals when the next chance to do so arises.

Andrew said, "We must leave more fossil fuels in the ground, unburned, if we are going to avoid a very damaging temperature rise. We must cap the supply of fossil fuels, not merely dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, and we must do it as a matter of urgency. I am disappointed that this Government is so intent on worsening our climate, after steadfastly rejecting a clean power target in their Energy Bill and refusing to develop a national framework to tackle poor air quality more quickly and in a more coordinated way, among many other unhelpful things."

Andrew criticises Coalition over its dash for gas with fracking

Andrew has criticised the Government for its environmentally hazardous dash for gas with fracking. 

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