Paul Blomfield MP

Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central

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Parliament is in recess for the next three weeks while the party conferences take place. I’ll be spending most of my time in Sheffield with my annual community consultation, the Big Conversation

I’ve over 40 events, including Q&As, open meetings and café drop-ins across the constituency (full list and map here).

In between Big Conversation events, I’ve meetings with South Yorkshire African Caribbean Business and Enterprise Training Centre, Hallam University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Husbands (who was recently appointed as Chair of the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework Panel), local GPs, and local Councillors. I’ll be speaking at a Sheffield Climate Alliance event – and I’ll be spending four days in Liverpool at the Labour Party conference, where I’m speaking at events on immigration and on mental health. I’ll also have a couple of my regular advice surgeries on Friday 23rd September at 16:00 and Saturday 8th October at 9.30 (call my office on 0114 272 2882 to book an appointment). 

Parliament is in recess for Party conferences, but there’s lots going on!

Parliament is in recess for the next three weeks while the party conferences take place. I’ll be spending most of my time in Sheffield with my annual community consultation, the...

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I'm holding the Big Conversation for a fifth year running to listen to people’s concerns and answer questions.

My three week long community consultation, 16th September to 8th October, of over 40 events, includes Q&A sessions, themed discussions, open meetings, café drop-ins and street surgeries across Sheffield Central constituency. There are also special events for small businesses, young people, women and social enterprises.

My work in Parliament is shaped by what people tell me at Big Conversation events. My successful campaign to regulate payday lenders followed concerns raised at previous events and last year I secured a change in the law to end delays in extra financial support for terminally ill people after the issue was raised in the Big Conversation.

I stood to be a MP because I wanted to challenge scepticism about politics and show how it can make a difference. The Big Conversation is a great way of doing it, because all the events happen in the heart of the community. People can drop by their local community centre, church, school or café and I’ll be there to listen to their concerns.

I talk with people all year round, but the Big Conversation gives me a chance to hear from lots of people at the start of the Parliamentary year. It helps to set my priorities. If you have a cause or a problem you want me to raise with the Government please come along to an event and let me know.

Craig Judson, who lives in Manor Oaks and is a local community worker, helped me to cut a ‘birthday’ cake to mark the Big Conversation’s fifth year and said: “It’s really great to see politicians reaching out like this. Having an opportunity to speak directly to Paul and to know he’s going to fight for the causes you care about makes a big difference.

“My Mum’s a care worker and I know that Paul has campaigned for care workers to get paid properly for travelling time. Seeing Paul fight on issues like this that were brought to him at the Big Conversation shows why it’s so important.”

To find out more about The Big Conversation visit The Big Conversation webpage or see the list of events on Facebook.

The Big Conversation celebrates fifth birthday

I'm holding the Big Conversation for a fifth year running to listen to people’s concerns and answer questions.

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Ministers have agreed to meet with me to discuss my proposal to require universities to give students the option to register to vote when they register at university.

Following the successful partnership between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council that means students can now opt to be added to the electoral register when they register at university, I proposed an amendment to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill yesterday to roll this out across the country.

Although he rejected the proposed law change, the Universities Minister Jo Johnson MP agreed to arrange a meeting with the relevant Minister from the Cabinet Office and I to discuss how we can take the proposal forward. You can read the discussion around my proposed amendment here.

Ministers agree to discuss student voter registration change

Ministers have agreed to meet with me to discuss my proposal to require universities to give students the option to register to vote when they register at university.


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