Angela Smith is sitting Member of Parliament for the Sheffield Hillsborough constituency. The boundaries have been redrawn in time for the General Election and she is PPC for the new Penistone & Stocksbridge seat.
Angela is 48 and lives in the north of Sheffield with her husband, Steve.
What do you like most about your job?
Every now and again there’s a feeling of real achievement, of having done something that promises to improve people’s lives. The ban on smoking in public places, for instance, is a measure I voted for, and which is already making a positive difference.
My best day has to be the day I married my husband, I have to say. It’s difficult to pick a worst day; we all have ups and downs in our lives, but I’ve been very lucky so far and have not suffered major trauma or tragedy, as some people have.
Who is or was the most significant influence in your life?
It has to be my husband I suppose. But from being very young I’ve always enjoyed too the encouragement and support of older women in political life, women who’ve made me think, “yes, that’s something I could do too!”.
I’m afraid I don’t do gadgets. I have a mobile phone and that’s about it. Gadgets are a boy thing!
Radio, I think. I listen a lot to Radio Sheffield and occasionally to Radio 4 and Radio 2. TV I watch when I can, but my working hours are very erratic and so I usually have to record the programmes I want to watch. I’m looking forward to the return to our screens of Ashes to Ashes and Dr Who.
Current or recent film you’d most like to see?
The last film I saw at the cinema was Star Trek, some time ago I’m afraid. I wouldn’t mind going to see Shutter Island, but a certain event due soon may put paid to that idea ….
What music are you listening to right now?
My musical tastes are very eclectic, so I listen to music from lots of different eras. I love the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Thin Lizzy and The Jam, but I also really like the Arctic Monkeys. I’ve just been listening to Favourite Worst Nightmare in the car.
What makes you smile?
The sound of children playing. And the sound of birds singing early in the morning. Oh, and three points for Sheffield Wednesday on a Saturday afternoon.
What would you most like to put right in this world?
It’s not right that some people have more opportunities in life than others, just because of where socially they come from. That’s still the driving force behind my politics.
How do you see yourself in 10 years?
As someone who has worked hard to develop her skills and abilities as much as she possibly can, in order to do her best for her constituents and for her country more generally.