Paul Blomfield MP

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In November I met with members of the Sheffield ME & Fibromyalgia Group, who told me about their concerns about the PACE trial and NICE guidelines, which were leading to inappropriate use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Graded Exercise Therapy. This week I took their concerns to Parliament, calling on Ministers to suspend use of CBT and GET until completion of the review into its use. Read my comments here.

ME and the PACE trial

In November I met with members of the Sheffield ME & Fibromyalgia Group, who told me about their concerns about the PACE trial and NICE guidelines, which were leading to...

I backed women's basketball team Sheffield Hatters’ call for more funding for the sport, after Sheffield Hatters warned me that basketball is “reaching a crisis point”. 

Backing the Hatters on basketball funding

I backed women's basketball team Sheffield Hatters’ call for more funding for the sport, after Sheffield Hatters warned me that basketball is “reaching a crisis point”.  Read more

Parliament will return tomorrow after a short half-term break. Brexit will again have a central role for me this week – I’ll be speaking for Labour’s frontbench in a debate initiated by Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach on alternatives to a ‘no deal’ outcome, I’ll be reading the Brexit economic impact analyses that Labour forced the Government to publish, and I’ve got a meeting of our Shadow Brexit team.

Brexit, basketball, disability, women’s suffrage and the Chinese New Year – some of my week ahead

Parliament will return tomorrow after a short half-term break. Brexit will again have a central role for me this week – I’ll be speaking for Labour’s frontbench in a debate... Read more

PB_Xmas_Appeal_all.jpgI’m delighted that Sheffield people have donated £3,000 to local homeless charities through my Christmas Appeal.

Sheffield generosity raises thousands for homeless

I’m delighted that Sheffield people have donated £3,000 to local homeless charities through my Christmas Appeal. Read more

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It’s always a bit risky to predict what a week in politics holds. I thought last week would be a bit lighter on Brexit until I got to Westminster. Then I found myself leading for our front bench (see my speech here) last Monday in response to an Urgent Question from Bill Cash as the Tories continue to rip themselves apart on Brexit and risk the country’s future. Then on Wednesday, I wound up (see here) in the debate in which we forced Ministers to publish economic analyses of Brexit options.

Free school meals, Palestine and immigration detention – some of my week ahead

It’s always a bit risky to predict what a week in politics holds. I thought last week would be a bit lighter on Brexit until I got to Westminster. Then... Read more

I today asked the Government to ensure that current and past Carillion staff do not see a reduction in their pensions as a result of the company’s collapse.

Carillion staff must not lose out on pensions

I today asked the Government to ensure that current and past Carillion staff do not see a reduction in their pensions as a result of the company’s collapse. Read more

Today starts with Education Questions and I’ll be in the Chamber seeking to ask Ministers about mental health provision in schools. Later today I’ll be at a Britain-Palestine All Party Group meeting with the General Union of Palestinian Students, to hear from young Palestinian people about their experiences, and tomorrow I’ll be attending a briefing from Oxfam about the situation in Gaza.

Student mental health, Palestine, Carillion and homelessness – some of my week ahead

Today starts with Education Questions and I’ll be in the Chamber seeking to ask Ministers about mental health provision in schools. Later today I’ll be at a Britain-Palestine All Party... Read more

180115_PB_signing_Holocaust_Educational_Trust’s_Book_of_Commitment_2018.jpgI’ve signed the Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment. On Holocaust Memorial Day tomorrow we remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and pay tribute to the survivors. We also reflect on how we can build a world free of prejudice and discrimination – a world in which these horrors can never happen again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

I’ve signed the Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment. On Holocaust Memorial Day tomorrow we remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and pay tribute to the survivors. We...

22nd January 2018: Update

The Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – or the so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’ as they used to describe it – in the House of Commons in July, where it was first debated in September and then in detail from November until early January. The Bill will now go to the House of Lords and I will be working closely with our Labour team there to try to improve this Bill as much as possible before it returns to the Commons. Its purpose is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which incorporates EU law into our domestic law, but to retain that law by transposing it directly into domestic UK law. But Labour has serious concerns about how the Government plan to replace these 40 years’ worth of rules, using ‘Henry VIII powers’ that mean they can make and change laws without securing the approval of MPs. 

EU (Withdrawal) Bill

22nd January 2018: Update The Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – or the so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’ as they used to describe it – in the House of Commons... Read more

As a Patron of Sheffield Young Carers (SYC) – a great group working with inspirational young people - I’m delighted to back Young Carers Awareness Day, recognising the UK’s 700,000 young carers, and to support SYC’s campaign to ‘Give Young Carers a Break’.

Recognising Young Carers – and giving them a break

As a Patron of Sheffield Young Carers (SYC) – a great group working with inspirational young people - I’m delighted to back Young Carers Awareness Day, recognising the UK’s 700,000... Read more

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