Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

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BigConv_LOGO.pngSince my election as a Member of Parliament in 2010, I’ve tried new ways of reaching out to make politics work for everyone I represent. My annual community consultation, the Big Conversation, is just one way of doing this, helping me hear the concerns of constituents to shape my work. For this year’s Big Conversation, I held forty events, including Q&As, themed discussions and café drop-in sessions right across the constituency. There were open meetings, as well as ones for different groups, such as young people, women, carer groups and small businesses. Some were on special issues, such as Brexit and community policing, and I visited schools, colleges, churches and mosques. In total over 1000 people came to events and over 900 people completed my survey. What I’ve heard will help set my priorities in Parliament. 

The Big Conversation 2016 Report

Since my election as a Member of Parliament in 2010, I’ve tried new ways of reaching out to make politics work for everyone I represent. My annual community consultation, the... Read more

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All eyes will be on the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he delivers his Autumn Statement which will update Parliament on the Government’s tax and spending plans, although weekend briefings suggest that he won’t be addressing the real issues we face. I’ll be in the Chamber for his Statement on Wednesday, and staying on for a debate on Brexit and transport policy. 

The Autumn Statement, the Higher Education Bill and Kashmir – some of my week ahead

All eyes will be on the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he delivers his Autumn Statement which will update Parliament on the Government’s tax and spending plans, although weekend briefings... Read more

Becoming a patron for Sheffield Young Carers

I am really pleased to have been asked to become a patron for the brilliant local charity Sheffield Young Carers.  Read more

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I today warned Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP about the threat to local health and social care services from a major funding shortfall.

My call for action on NHS crisis

I today warned Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP about the threat to local health and social care services from a major funding shortfall. Read more

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Unusually this week, I’ll be in Westminster until Friday when the Commons is sitting to discuss my Labour colleague Pat Glass’s Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, which aims to make the Government’s proposed changes fairer. I’ve described the Tory plans as “outrageous gerrymandering” and will be backing Pat’s proposals.

The crisis in social care, international students, health questions and Tory ‘gerrymandering’ – some of my week ahead

Unusually this week, I’ll be in Westminster until Friday when the Commons is sitting to discuss my Labour colleague Pat Glass’s Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, which aims to make the... Read more

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I have warned that further delays to the electrification of the Midland Mainline between London and Sheffield will damage the economy and job prospects in the city. 

Sheffield betrayed by rail delay

I have warned that further delays to the electrification of the Midland Mainline between London and Sheffield will damage the economy and job prospects in the city.  Read more

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Parliament is only sitting for two days this week, which provides more time to catch up with meetings and visits in Sheffield. Today in Westminster starts with a meeting of our Shadow Brexit team and then I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for the Government’s expected statement on the High Court judgment on Article 50, which is followed by a debate on Brexit’s impact on workers’ rights. Tonight I’ll be back in the Chamber for a debate on further possible delays to the electrification of the Midland Mainline, which is being led by former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who I’ve been working with on the issue for many years.

The NHS, Midland Mainline, homelessness, and the Chamber of Commerce – some of my week ahead

Parliament is only sitting for two days this week, which provides more time to catch up with meetings and visits in Sheffield. Today in Westminster starts with a meeting of... Read more

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I have called on the Government to use the money raised from the new ‘sugar tax’ to fund physical activity sessions during the school holidays.

My call for sugar tax cash to tackle child obesity

I have called on the Government to use the money raised from the new ‘sugar tax’ to fund physical activity sessions during the school holidays. Read more

It’s three weeks since I’ve taken up my new role as a Shadow Minister on Exiting the European Union and this week starts with our Brexit team meeting.

Women in Engineering, international students and Europe – some of my week ahead

It’s three weeks since I’ve taken up my new role as a Shadow Minister on Exiting the European Union and this week starts with our Brexit team meeting. Read more

I outlined my concerns about the Higher Education and Research Bill in Parliament during the Parliamentary debate on the principles in the Bill (see here) and then joined the Public Bill Committee  going through the Government’s planned reforms line by line for two months. While we secured some reassurances, all of the amendments moved by me and my Labour colleagues on the Bill Committee were rejected by the Government. But our efforts to improve the Bill didn’t stop there. We pressed them again at Report Stage in the Commons (see my speech here) and then with colleagues in the House of Lords, where we secured important amendments. Unfortunately the unexpected decision to call a General Election meant that we lost the chance to debate the amendments and the Bill went into a procedure called ‘wash-up’ for outstanding legislation.

Below is a summary of the issues I’ve particularly taken up with the Government. 

Challenging Government plans for our universities

I outlined my concerns about the Higher Education and Research Bill in Parliament during the Parliamentary debate on the principles in the Bill (see here) and then joined the Public Bill Committee  going through... Read more

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