Paul Blomfield MP

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I've published my Big Conversation Report 2017 which covers the issues that were raised in meetings and survey responses during this year's community consultation, and how I'll be following up on them. It also reviews how I've responded to the points raised in last year's Big Conversation.

The Big Conversation Report 2017

I've published my Big Conversation Report 2017 which covers the issues that were raised in meetings and survey responses during this year's community consultation, and how I'll be following up... Read more

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This morning I’ve published the report on my community consultation, the Big Conversation (read it here) on which I spoke in Parliament last week. I’ll be in the Commons Chamber with the Shadow Brexit team today, on Wednesday as debate continues on the EU Withdrawal Bill - this time on the issues around devolution – and, on Tuesday, for the Prime Minister’s statement on her meeting in Brussels ahead of next week’s crucial European Council meeting on the Brexit negotiations.  

Brexit, Sheffield College, transport, and reporting back on the Big Conversation – some of my week ahead

This morning I’ve published the report on my community consultation, the Big Conversation (read it here) on which I spoke in Parliament last week. I’ll be in the Commons Chamber... Read more

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Parliament is still debating last week’s Budget until Tuesday, and I’ll be responding to it today in the House of Commons – highlighting how Government cuts to the local government and police budgets are undermining communities by weakening the ability to respond to issues like street begging, antisocial behaviour and low-level crime, which were frequently raised during the Big Conversation. 

Council cuts, problem debt, electoral reform, Parliamentary boundaries and action from the Big Conversation – some of my week ahead

Parliament is still debating last week’s Budget until Tuesday, and I’ll be responding to it today in the House of Commons – highlighting how Government cuts to the local government... Read more

I've sent out the latest edition of my monthly newsletter which covers what I've been up to in November. Read it here

Keeping in touch - November 2017

I've sent out the latest edition of my monthly newsletter which covers what I've been up to in November. Read it here.  Read more

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During the ‘mini-recess’ of Parliament, I visited the West Bank with a group of Labour members from Sheffield. Staying in Ramallah, we travelled to Nablus where we toured the Askar refugee camp, visited Cordoba girls’ secondary school and the Dar Al Fonoon arts centre, and met with the Mayor and senior Councillors. We also called in on a skatepark at Asira Al-Shamalyia, built with the help of, and funds raised by, a Sheffield volunteer.

Visit to Palestine

During the ‘mini-recess’ of Parliament, I visited the West Bank with a group of Labour members from Sheffield. Staying in Ramallah, we travelled to Nablus where we toured the Askar... Read more

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The Budget is dominating the news this week and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday, to see how the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, tries to square the circle of conflicting demands within his party – and, without any expectations, to see if he comes up with anything to tackle the big problems facing the country after seven years of austerity. 

The Budget, Access to HE, White Ribbon Day, Carers’ Rights and Brexit - some of my week ahead

The Budget is dominating the news this week and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday, to see how the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, tries to square the circle of... Read more

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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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