Jeff Smith (British politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Manchester Withington
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||John Leech|
26 January 1963|
Manchester, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Manchester|
Jeff Smith (born 26 January 1963) is a British Labour Party politician from Manchester.
He was elected at the 2015 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Manchester Withington. He had previously represented the Old Moat ward on Manchester City Council since 1997.
Early life and career
At the general election in May 2015 Smith was elected MP for Manchester Withington, defeating the incumbent Liberal Democrat John Leech, with a majority of 14,873. In the 2017 general election Smith increased his majority to almost 30,000 over Leech, turning the once Liberal Democrat marginal seat into one of Labour’s safest.
Smith is a whip for the Labour Party. Smith was one of the 184 Labour MPs to abstain on the controversial Conservative welfare Bill. On 14 March 2019, Smith abstained on Amendment H – a bill to delay the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and create sufficient enough time to enable a further referendum on the withdrawal to be held. 
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
for Manchester Withington