Paul Blomfield MP

Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central

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In the House of Commons I challenged the Prime Minister to push his successor to ensure that Sheffield City Region doesn’t lose out after Brexit. We are scheduled to receive £180m in European structural funds through to 2020, but some of that is now at risk. EU structural funds have provided more than £1billion and transformed our communities over the last 15 years. Leave campaigners promised the British people that no region would lose out after Brexit, but they are back-tracking on their other promises – on the NHS and immigration. I’ll keep fighting to ensure Sheffield isn’t another victim of the Leave campaign’s lies.

In Prime Minister’s Questions, I asked:

Sheffield City Region was set to receive £180m in European structural funds through to 2020. Much of that money is now at risk. Those leading the leave campaign did give guarantees that no area and no sector would lose out as a result of Brexit. We now know that those promises were worthless. But will the Prime Minister join with me in urging his successor to ensure that Sheffield City Region is compensated by the UK Govt for every pound of funding lost as a result of last Thursday’s decision?

I campaigned strongly for us to remain part of the European Union because I know how much South Yorkshire has benefited from European funding. The ‘leave’ campaign made promises about matching all future funding that was due from the EU. I will hold them to account. 

My challenge to the Prime Minister to replace EU funding for Sheffield

  In the House of Commons I challenged the Prime Minister to push his successor to ensure that Sheffield City Region doesn’t lose out after Brexit. We are scheduled to...

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I pressed Universities Minister Jo Johnson on how the Government will protect university funding after Britain leaves the EU. Universities receive millions of pounds in EU funding every year and the Leave campaign promised that no sector would lose out in the event of Brexit. The promises they made the British public are already unravelling, but I’m determined to hold them to account and push the Government to agree to replace any funding lost.

During Business Questions, I asked:

The Minister will know how important EU research funding is to our universities, particularly in relation to STEM subjects. He will also know that those leading the leave campaign promised that no sector would lose out as a result of Brexit. Forget about the next two years—if I could push him on his earlier answer, what will he be doing to ensure that UK Government funds replace European funding, pound for pound, in supporting research in our universities?

Jo Johnson replied:

We remain members of the European Union. Our institutions are fully able to apply for and win European competitive funding schemes, and they will continue to be able to do so until such time as we change the basis of our relationship with Horizon 2020.

Obviously his answer missed the point, which is what happens after Brexit. I’ll continue to push for the Government to put the issue high on their agenda for negotiations with the EU and to commit UK funding to compensate for any lost income.

My call to defend university funding after Brexit vote

I pressed Universities Minister Jo Johnson on how the Government will protect university funding after Britain leaves the EU. Universities receive millions of pounds in EU funding every year and...

I’ve written for the conservative think tank Bright Blue about why we need a time limit on immigration detention.

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I’ve been working with colleagues from across the political parties on this issue and we’ve achieved some progress. The Immigration Act, which became law last month, contains the right for immigration detainees to challenge their detention every four months, a right which didn’t exist before. But this is still not enough. We need a culture change in the Home Office so that detention is only ever used as a last resort. Not only is being detained indefinitely hugely damaging to detainees’ mental health, it doesn’t work! Cheaper more effective methods are being used elsewhere and we need to learn from them. Read my article here.

It's time for a time limit

I’ve written for the conservative think tank Bright Blue about why we need a time limit on immigration detention.


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