Samuel Collingwood Smith
|Samuel Collingwood Smith|
|Residence||Welwyn Garden City|
|Other names||Sam Smith / Vordrak / Matthew Hopkins|
|Occupation||IT Security Specialist / Blogger / Weekend Law Student|
|Years active||1997 - Present|
|Organization||Matthew Hopkins News|
|Known for||Election as Borough Councillor in Welwyn Hatfield, MatthewHopkinsNews.com, praised in Parliament for his McKenzie Friend charity work|
|Notable work||Smith was praised in this parliamentary petition for his charity work as a McKenzie Friend|
|Political party||Conservative Party|
|Website||MatthewHopkinsNews.com SamuelCollingwoodSmith.com SamuelCollingwoodSmith.co.uk|
Samuel Collingwood Smith was born in the north of England, but his family moved south early in his life and spent most of his early years in Welwyn Garden City before attending Queen Mary, University of London, where he studied Economics.
Student Political Activism
Smith was elected Chair of QMSU Labour Students Society for three years running as well as publicity officer for London Labour Students in 2001, however he failed to win election to the National Committee of Labour Students by a handful of votes.
Labour Political Career
Smith was employed as a Labour Party fundraiser in the 2001 General Election, and as a Labour Party Organiser in the 2005 General Election. In 2005 Smith was elected as a Borough Councillor for Haldens Ward on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and served for 3 years until 2008.
In 2012 Smith started to study a Graduate Diploma in Law, passing in 2014. Smith then moved on to studying a Master's Degree in Law. During his study, Smith assisted several individuals in high profile court cases as a McKenzie Friend - in one case being praised by Parliamentary petition for his charitable work and legal skills. In another Smith was said to have 'wiped the floor' with a local authority. Smith has also written articles for other publications about legal issues.
Matthew Hopkins NewsSmith is also the author of Matthew Hopkins News, a blog that deals with case law around Family and Mental Capacity issues as well as online drama and abuse.
- Welwyn Hatfield Times staff (12 March 2009), "Ex-Welwyn Hatfield Labour councillor defects to Tory party", Welwyn Hatfield Times, Archived
- Alexandra Barham (12 March 2009), "Party hopping councillor denies underlying motive", St Albans Review, Archived
- Welwyn Hatfield Times staff (13 March 2009), "'Betrayed by colleague's defection' - Welwyn Hatfield Labour leader", Welwyn Hatfield Times, Archived
- Hansard Staff (27 November 2013), "PRESENTED PETITION - The Appeals Process for the Removal of Capacity in Legal Proceedings", Hansard, Archived
- Anna Raccoon (15 August 2011), "Another One Bites The Dust in the Court of Protection", Anna Raccoon, Archived