Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

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After a mini-recess, during which I visited the West Bank with a group from Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine, Parliament’s back today and Brexit dominates my week. As a Shadow Minister for Exiting the EU, I’ll be in the Commons this afternoon for an update from David Davis on the latest round of negotiations. Then tomorrow I’ll be leading for Labour on the first day of debating the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which has finally reached the Committee Stage in which it gets detailed consideration - with the many amendments that have been tabled.

Brexit, Universal Credit, SEN funding and childhood obesity – some of my week ahead

  After a mini-recess, during which I visited the West Bank with a group from Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine, Parliament’s back today and Brexit dominates my week. As a... Read more

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I questioned the Education Minister today on concerns students raised with me as part of my 2017 Big Conversation, about the transition away from coursework to exam-only assessments.

Sheffield students’ exam concerns raised with Minister

  I questioned the Education Minister today on concerns students raised with me as part of my 2017 Big Conversation, about the transition away from coursework to exam-only assessments. Read more

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Parliament has the November mini-recess this week, linked to school half-terms, so the House will only be sitting for two days. I’ll be joining a debate on transport in the north, at which I plan to raise the Government’s broken pledge on electrification of the Midland Mainline between London and Sheffield. I will also be in the Chamber as a Shadow Brexit Minister for a debate on the European Economic Area and also hope to press issues raised with me by local school students at Education Questions.

Transport in the North, Brexit, and Remembrance Sunday

Parliament has the November mini-recess this week, linked to school half-terms, so the House will only be sitting for two days. I’ll be joining a debate on transport in the... Read more

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On Wednesday I wound up the debate for Labour’s front bench, in which we successfully pressed the Government to release 58 studies that have been carried out into the likely economic impact of Brexit. The studies cover 88% of the UK economy - including aviation, fisheries, construction, higher education and tourism.

Forcing the Government to publish Brexit impact studies

  On Wednesday I wound up the debate for Labour’s front bench, in which we successfully pressed the Government to release 58 studies that have been carried out into the... Read more

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I spoke in favour of a petition, which Sheffield Central constituents contributed the fourth highest number of signatures to, calling for the adoption of proportional representation for General Elections in a Westminster Hall debate last night. At a time when the UK faces huge political challenges, we need an electoral system that inspires confidence in our democracy. 

My backing for proportional representation

I spoke in favour of a petition, which Sheffield Central constituents contributed the fourth highest number of signatures to, calling for the adoption of proportional representation for General Elections in... Read more

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My week starts with a meeting of the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation, of which I’m a trustee, followed by our weekly Shadow Brexit team meeting. This afternoon I’ll be in Westminster Hall to speak in support of proportional representation at a debate that has been triggered by an e-petition calling for electoral reform reaching over a 100,000 signatures – to which I’m pleased that Sheffield Central contributed the fourth highest number of signatures of any constituency!

Electoral reform, nuclear safeguards, votes at 16, and Brexit – some of my week ahead

    My week starts with a meeting of the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation, of which I’m a trustee, followed by our weekly Shadow Brexit team meeting. This afternoon... Read more

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 and it will be debated over the coming months. 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 - 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 and it... Read more

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Keeping in touch - October 2017

I've sent out my latest monthly newsletter. If you're not already subscribed you can read it here.  Read more

As an MP for Sheffield - which became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees in the UK in 2007 - I have seen the huge benefits of English language teaching for refugees and asylum seekers in my constituency. That’s why I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate today about the need for the Government to invest more in English language courses for them. 

We should be helping refugees to learn English

As an MP for Sheffield - which became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees in the UK in 2007 - I have seen the huge benefits... Read more

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I today joined campaigners who were in Parliament to lobby against school cuts, after figures showed that nearly £2 million will be cut from schools in Sheffield Central by 2020. 

My backing for campaign against school cuts

I today joined campaigners who were in Parliament to lobby against school cuts, after figures showed that nearly £2 million will be cut from schools in Sheffield Central by 2020. ... Read more

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