Paul Blomfield MP

Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central

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Today I’ll be speaking on health and social care as part of the ‘Estimates Day’ debates. But before that I’ve a trustees meeting of Focus on Labour Exploitation, a charity that I helped to found. Although Brexit isn’t as big a part of my week as it has been recently, it will still be a feature, and later today I’ll have a meeting with Labour Lords about the Article 50 Bill.

On Tuesday I’ll be talking to the Head of Employment and Skills Policy at the Institute of Directors, meeting with Inspiring Youth Project Award Winners, meeting with the Association of Colleges, and talking with Make Votes Matter about electoral reform and proportional representation, which I’ve supported for a long time.

On Wednesday I’ll be going to a PCS drop-in session about redundancies at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in the Commons Chamber to ask Government Ministers about government funding for the energy sector in Scotland, meeting with fellow Labour MPs about housing challenges in University towns and cities, talking to constituents campaigning for the One Campaign, and going to an event for alumni and friends of the University of Sheffield.

I hope to be drawn for DEFRA Questions on Thursday, before heading back to Sheffield. On Friday morning I’ll be hosting a Disability Confident conference, encouraging firms to open up opportunities to people with disabilities, and then later in the day I’ll have meetings with constituents, including the Chair of Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association.

Health and social care, tackling labour exploitation, PR and ‘Disability Confident’ – some of my week ahead

Today I’ll be speaking on health and social care as part of the ‘Estimates Day’ debates. But before that I’ve a trustees meeting of Focus on Labour Exploitation, a charity...

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A new study released today reveals the Government's miserly level of spending on transport infrastructure in Yorkshire - with London getting ten times more per head. The figures make an utter nonsense of the Government’s claim that they are building a Northern Powerhouse.

The new report by IPPR North shows that the average transport infrastructure spend per head in London is nearly £2,000, but in the north it is just £427, with Yorkshire and Humber getting the worst deal in England, with only £190 per person. The Crossrail scheme alone will cost £4.7bn, while the entire northern transport budget is worth £6.6bn.

The report follows the news in November that the planned electrification of the Midland Mainline from London to Sheffield by 2023 had been abandoned. Under pressure from myself and other local MPs, Ministers have refused to give any commitment to the previously promised electrification.

Transport spending is vital for economic growth and jobs. The Government must invest a fair share in our region and commit to vital projects like the electrification of the Midland Mainline. Sheffield and the rest of Yorkshire deserves nothing less.

The Government's miserly transport spending in Yorkshire

A new study released today reveals the Government's miserly level of spending on transport infrastructure in Yorkshire - with London getting ten times more per head. The figures make an...

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Parliament’s back after a recess week, in which I was in Sheffield meeting with constituents, visiting both universities, talking to local organisations, appearing live on Iman FM and catching up with casework, as well as finding time to campaign in Stoke. 

Back in Westminster today, I’ll be meeting constituents at a drop-in session held by UNISON, the3million and New Europeans  about guaranteeing the residency rights of EU/EEA citizens beyond Brexit, which I’ve been pressing since the referendum. In July, Labour won a vote in the House of Commons to give those living in the UK the right to remain. Then in October I led for Labour in a debate, urging the Government to take unilateral and immediate action.

In the evening, I’m hoping to speak in the Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit’ petition, signed by almost 6,500 of my constituents. Although we should obviously work with all foreign leaders, an early official State Visit sends the wrong message.

On Wednesday I’ll be speaking in a debate on the police funding settlement to raise concerns about funding cuts for local police and how it’s impacting communities – issues raised with me in this year’s Big Conversation. Do get in touch if you have any concerns about police funding cuts.

Back in Sheffield on Thursday, I’ll be catching up with constituents, casework and talking to my Sheffield team – and then heading along to my monthly meeting for local Labour members. And, as ever, I’ll be at Bramall Lane on Saturday for the big match against fellow promotion-chasing rivals Bolton!

Rights of EU Citizens, Donald Trump and police funding – some of my week ahead

Parliament’s back after a recess week, in which I was in Sheffield meeting with constituents, visiting both universities, talking to local organisations, appearing live on Iman FM and catching up...


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