"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

Five Minute Wonder Chloe Smith an ‘Inspiration’…Or Not…

Great to see such an ‘influential’ MP get where she is today because Ian Gibson, barred from standing in the next general election by a disciplinary panel of the Labour Party after expenses irregularities, resigned forcing a by-election.

Just don’t tell Chloe nobody would have heard of her if Gibson had decided to stand as an ‘Independent’…

Politicians. Can’t live with em, can’t get rid of em…

We Couldn't Agree More Chloe!

Accolade for ‘influential’ Norwich MP Chloe Smith

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has been named as one of the 20 most influential young women in the country by an upmarket magazine.

The list, complied by Red magazine, features women under 30 from fields including politics, business, charity, music, fashion and literature.

Miss Smith, 27, won the previously safe Labour seat of Norwich North for the Tories in July’s by-election, called following the resignation of Ian Gibson.

She is the youngest MP in Westminster – the so-called “baby of the House” – and is referred to in the piece as “the Tories’ secret weapon”.

The magazines quotes Theresa May, shadow work and pensions secretary and shadow minister for women, who paid tribute to Miss Smith in a BBC interview, praising her “different approach” to politics and calling her a “fresh face” who could be a huge benefit to the party.

Sam Baker, editor-in-chief of Red magazine, said: “Westminster is traditionally full of middle-aged men, so we’re delighted to see smart, passionate young women making a name for themselves in politics.

“Red magazine’s recent survey of ‘middle youth’ voters (30+ professional females) revealed that 97 per cent of women are not inspired by female MPs. If Chloe Smith and others like her are involved in politics, it will give women political figures they can be inspired by.”

Other women in the list include actress Sheridan Smith, best known for her roles in Gavin and Stacey, Two Pints of Lager and Love Soup; novelist Jennie Rooney and chef Gemma Tuley.

Miss Smith said: “I’m delighted and flattered to be in this list. I’m also very happy for a politician to be appearing after what has, without doubt, been a difficult year for Parliament.

“I was proud to be elected at a young age and I do hope to contribute to my country as part of a new generation of people interested in positive politics.

“Role models are incredibly important and I think Red is doing a great job in highlighting young people’s positive achievements.

“Personally, I have a number of people that I can look to for help and inspiration, and I strongly believe that role modelling, networking, mentoring and training are the kind of things that help young women get on. I’m honoured to be able to contribute something in turn by being in this list.”

Miss Smith appears in the April edition of Red, out on Wednesday.

Do you know a young person making a big impression in their community? Contact reporter Jon Welch on 01603 772476 or email jon.welch@archant.co.uk



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