Paul Blomfield MP

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170315_Paul_and_Youth_Stop_Aids_campaign.jpgI have warned Ministers in the Department for International Development to not let tackling HIV slip down their agenda and to involve HIV groups in the planning of a summit on family planning to be hosted in the UK this summer.

I recently met with local campaigners Sian Beynon and Ella Davis from Youth Stop AIDS in Parliament, who warned that the UK Government must do more to help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal commitment to ending AIDS by 2030.

Department for International Development Questions provided me with an opportunity to raise their concerns; I told Ministers:

I recently met with Youth Stop AIDS campaigners from my constituency who are optimistic about the Government’s international family planning summit in July. But they’re concerned to ensure HIV is an integral part of that conference. Can the Secretary of State assure me that an HIV organisation will be included in the civil society steering group that’s being set up to advise on planning for the summit?

Now more than ever, the Department for International Development has to step up on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Millions around the world depend on it. We have a US President who has decided to ban US financial support for organisations involved in abortion services overseas, via the so-called “global gag rule”. We cannot afford to go backwards.

I have also written to the Secretary of State asking her to ensure that tackling HIV/AIDS is included in her Department’s strategy following my meeting with Youth Stop AIDS, who I pay tribute to for their tenacious campaigning.

You can read my exchange with the Minister here.

Raising local campaigners’ concerns on HIV

I have warned Ministers in the Department for International Development to not let tackling HIV slip down their agenda and to involve HIV groups in the planning of a summit...

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As Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, I’ve written in today’s Yorkshire Post on why a strong European Union remains in Britain’s interest – and why we need a close relationship with the EU, even if we are no longer a member.

A strong EU is important to the stability and prosperity of our continent, and therefore our country, in the face of challenges from a Trump administration who is seeking to weaken it - an objective shared only by Vladimir Putin and far-right leaders like France’s Marine Le Pen.

Our goal must be a strong and collaborative partnership with our friends and neighbours in the EU, based on our common interests and shared values.

You can read my article here.

A strong EU is in Britain's interest

As Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, I’ve written in today’s Yorkshire Post on why a strong European Union remains in Britain’s interest – and why we need...

 

After last week’s shocking and tragic events, Parliament is back as normal today. As soon as I arrive this morning, I’ll be heading to Westminster Hall to sign the book of condolences for PC Keith Palmer and the other victims of the appalling events of last Wednesday.

 

This afternoon I’ll be in the Commons for DWP Questions, in which I’ve been selected to challenge Ministers on the impact of changes to Personal Independence Payments on people with disabilities. Later I’ll be meeting the Red Cross to discuss Can’t Stay, Can’t Go, a report on asylum seekers who have been refused permission to remain in the UK but cannot leave. In the evening I’ll be chairing a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

During the rest of the week, I’ll be at a meeting of the All-Party Group for Students, of which I’m Chair, at which we’ll be discussing the collapse in part-time and mature student numbers; I’ll be meeting PCS members from Sheffield to talk about the closure of the Eastern Avenue Jobcentre, which I’ve been opposing; I’ll be meeting the Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS); and, if time permits, I’ll be in the Commons for the debate on the situation in Yemen.

On Wednesday I’ll be in the Commons for Theresa May’s statement on the triggering of Article 50 and then on Thursday for the Government’s announcement on the so-called Great Repeal Bill, consolidating EU law into British law in advance of Brexit, before heading back to Sheffield.

On Friday, I’ve meetings with the Director of Public Health, the Dean of Sheffield Cathedral, Women in Engineering and the author of the recent Sheffield City Region Vision. In the evening I’m dropping in on the ‘Art from the Heart’ event at the Burton Street Foundation before going on to talk about Brexit at Heeley Constituency Labour Party.

Over the weekend I’ll be heading over to Manchester to campaign in the Gorton by-election and watching the Blades (hopefully) secure three points in the match with Coventry.

Remembering last week’s tragic events, Brexit, Personal Independence Payments, Jobcentre closures, and ‘Art from the Heart’ – some of my week ahead

  After last week’s shocking and tragic events, Parliament is back as normal today. As soon as I arrive this morning, I’ll be heading to Westminster Hall to sign the...


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