Karin Smyth was elected as Labour MP for Bristol South in May 2015. Until then she worked as an NHS manager, most recently with the NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. Previously she has run an MP’s office and been non-Executive director of an NHS Trust. Born in London to Irish parents who came to Britain in the 1950s, seeking work, she moved to Bristol in the 1990s. She graduated with a degree in Economics and Social Studies from the University of East Anglia in 1988, and subsequently studied a MBA at the University of Bath in 1995.