Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

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I have spoken out in the House of Commons against the impact of employment tribunal fees on workers gaining justice, calling on Ministers to publish their long-awaited review into the issue. Since the Coalition Government introduced tribunal fees in 2013, claims have dropped by 70% from an average of 13,500 to 4,400 per quarter! I think it’s likely that the Government’s review, meant to be published at the end of 2015, is going to confirm that ordinary people are being priced out of challenging bad bosses. 

Government must come clean on employment tribunal fees

I have spoken out in the House of Commons against the impact of employment tribunal fees on workers gaining justice, calling on Ministers to publish their long-awaited review into the... Read more

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Business Minister Nick Hurd has corrected an answer he gave to my Parliamentary Question about locating department staff outside London, signalling a u-turn on its plans to locate all policy staff in the capital.

Business department signals change on Sheffield jobs move

Business Minister Nick Hurd has corrected an answer he gave to my Parliamentary Question about locating department staff outside London, signalling a u-turn on its plans to locate all policy... Read more

Last week Theresa May finally shed some light on the Government’s Brexit plans, risking the economy to appease her Europhobe backbenchers, and this Tuesday the Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on whether MPs will have a vote on invoking Article 50. So it’s no surprise that Brexit will again dominate my week, with a Commons Statement, meetings, and then Brexit questions on Thursday. 

Brexit, student voter registration and employment tribunal fees – some of my week ahead

Last week Theresa May finally shed some light on the Government’s Brexit plans, risking the economy to appease her Europhobe backbenchers, and this Tuesday the Supreme Court will deliver its... Read more

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Yesterday I spoke out in the House of Commons about the Government’s failure to respond to the recent crisis in Kashmir and pressed for the long overdue plebiscite to give the Kashmiri people a right to self-determination. It’s an issue I’ve pressed over many years and recently questioned ministers on. I was delighted that the House of Commons agreed to a motion which called on the Government to “raise the matter at the United Nations” and pressed for “peace negotiations to establish a long-term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future.”

My call for international action on Kashmir

Yesterday I spoke out in the House of Commons about the Government’s failure to respond to the recent crisis in Kashmir and pressed for the long overdue plebiscite to give... Read more

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(photo: me and Deni Ennals, co-chair of Sheffield Foodbank Network)

I would like to say thanks to everyone who donated to my Christmas Appeal and helped me raise thousands of pounds for local foodbanks. Everyone knows that Sheffield is a generous city and this is another example. 

My thanks for Sheffield's generosity

(photo: me and Deni Ennals, co-chair of Sheffield Foodbank Network) I would like to say thanks to everyone who donated to my Christmas Appeal and helped me raise thousands of... Read more

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Brexit will again be a big part of my week, with a Parliamentary debate on its impact on the rural economy, and one on security, law enforcement and criminal justice.  I’ll be following the Prime Minister’s speech on Tuesday, which should be followed by a Parliamentary statement, and I’m concerned about weekend press briefings suggesting that she will be announcing plans for a ‘hard Brexit’. I’ll also be speaking to Harrow Labour Party about the issue. 

Brexit, low income households, Kashmir and the NHS – some of my week ahead

Brexit will again be a big part of my week, with a Parliamentary debate on its impact on the rural economy, and one on security, law enforcement and criminal justice. ... Read more

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I’ve written to the Business Secretary Greg Clark MP again today to seek assurances about the future of the Business Department’s presence in Sheffield.

My continued pressure over Sheffield Business Department office

I’ve written to the Business Secretary Greg Clark MP again today to seek assurances about the future of the Business Department’s presence in Sheffield. Read more

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Prime Minister Theresa May has been deeply cynical by raising hopes that she is planning to tackle the crisis in young people’s mental health, while not providing the resources to do so.

PM deeply cynical on young people's mental health

Prime Minister Theresa May has been deeply cynical by raising hopes that she is planning to tackle the crisis in young people’s mental health, while not providing the resources to do... Read more

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I've welcomed the Government’s concession to give more power to the person responsible for getting people from low income and other under-represented groups into university and helping them do well there.

Beefed-up role for University Access Tsar after my pressure

I've welcomed the Government’s concession to give more power to the person responsible for getting people from low income and other under-represented groups into university and helping them do well there.... Read more

I’m back in Parliament today after the Christmas recess, and I’m pleased that the week is starting with some good news. The Government will be tabling an amendment to their Higher Education and Research Bill in the House of Lords today on one of the issues that I pressed in the Commons -  to toughen up the role of the Director for Fair Access and Participation, who’s responsible for getting students from under-represented groups into university and succeeding once there which.  I’m working with Peers on other changes to the Bill that I’ve been pressing.

Parliament’s back, higher education, civil partnerships and Brexit – some of my week ahead

I’m back in Parliament today after the Christmas recess, and I’m pleased that the week is starting with some good news. The Government will be tabling an amendment to their... Read more

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