Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

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Monday 29th February 2016 –
The EU referendum on 23rd June will impact generations to come so it’s no surprise it’s dominated the news. Behind the Eton farce of David Cameron and Boris Johnson’s rivalry, there’s a lot at stake. Many of the rights that we take for granted flow from our EU membership. It’s no surprise that the likes of Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Farage and John Redwood want out. They crave a Britain free from EU protections for workers, consumers and the environment. You can read why I’m campaigning to stay in Europe here and the issue is an important part of my week ahead. I’ve meetings with the Party for European Socialists, which brings together Labour’s European sister parties; Labour In for Britain’s Yorkshire and Humber campaign; and a joint event with Labour’s MEPs and MPs.

Staying in Europe, social mobility and police funding – some of my week ahead

Monday 29th February 2016 – The EU referendum on 23rd June will impact generations to come so it’s no surprise it’s dominated the news. Behind the Eton farce of David... Read more

BIS_offices_3.jpgIn a debate in Parliament today, secured by my Labour colleague Kevin Barron MP, I repeated my call to the Government to publish the business case for the decision to close the Sheffield Business Department office.

Pushing Ministers to rethink the Sheffield Business office closure

In a debate in Parliament today, secured by my Labour colleague Kevin Barron MP, I repeated my call to the Government to publish the business case for the decision to... Read more

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Today I challenged the Home Secretary Theresa May over cuts to police funding and the Government’s short-term budget setting for police services.

Challenging the Home Secretary over South Yorkshire police cuts

Today I challenged the Home Secretary Theresa May over cuts to police funding and the Government’s short-term budget setting for police services. Read more

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Over the weeks until the referendum on the 23rd June, I’ll be doing all that I can to keep Britain in the European Union. I’m working with Alan Johnson as part of the team that’s running the Labour In for Britain campaign, and I’ll be supporting the cross-party Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. The referendum is not about Cameron’s deal. It’s a ‘once and for all’ decision not just facing us now, but with an impact on generations to come.

Why we must stay in the EU

Over the weeks until the referendum on the 23rd June, I’ll be doing all that I can to keep Britain in the European Union. I’m working with Alan Johnson as... Read more

David Cameron’s announcement that there will be a referendum on our European Union membership has dominated the weekend news, and will be a big part of my week ahead. Today starts with a Labour In for Britain campaign meeting, and then I’ll be in the Commons chamber for David Cameron’s statement. The referendum will be a critical moment for the UK. The EU is vital for our economy – and has delivered important protections for workers, consumers and the environment. I’m deeply worried that we’re stumbling to exit, for all the wrong reasons, and will be campaigning to stay for the next 18 weeks. If you could lend a hand, drop me a note and I’ll get in touch.

The EU Referendum, BIS Office closure and student volunteering – some of my week ahead

David Cameron’s announcement that there will be a referendum on our European Union membership has dominated the weekend news, and will be a big part of my week ahead. Today... Read more

Monday 15th February 2016 – Parliament is in recess this week, which gives me more time for meetings, casework and events in Sheffield. Today I’m meeting with Sheffield Money, a not-for-profit initiative offering lower cost credit options to keep people away from loan sharks. I campaigned successfully in the last Parliament for tougher regulation of payday loan sharks so I’m pleased to support this initiative, which came out of works by Sheffield’s Council-led Fairness Commission

Sheffield Money, Pipworth School, Chinese New Year, and the EU – some of my week ahead

Monday 15th February 2016 – Parliament is in recess this week, which gives me more time for meetings, casework and events in Sheffield. Today I’m meeting with Sheffield Money, a... Read more

Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that he will impose a contract on junior doctors is another mistake in a dispute that has been mishandled from the start. Hunt had to be forced into talks at ACAS and now he’s pulled the plug on negotiations. The NHS is under serious pressure, with overworked staff, recruitment problems, an ageing population and a funding crisis. Scrapping negotiations and imposing a contract is deeply insulting to the junior doctors who do incredible work every day of the year.

Hunt is wrong to impose a contract on junior doctors

Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that he will impose a contract on junior doctors is another mistake in a dispute that has been mishandled from the start. Hunt had to be forced... Read more

Today I challenged Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, and the Business, Innovation and Skills Department’s most senior civil servant, Martin Donnelly, over plans to close the Department’s Sheffield office.

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No business case for Sheffield BIS Office closure, admits Government

Today I challenged Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, and the Business, Innovation and Skills Department’s most senior civil servant, Martin Donnelly, over plans to close the Department’s Sheffield office. Read more

The death last Thursday of my friend and colleague Harry Harpham casts a shadow over my week in Parliament. I worked with Harry for many years - long before either of us were in Parliament. His strongly held values and personal integrity shone through in everything he did. Building on his huge experience serving Sheffield as a leading Councillor, in eight short months he had established himself as a great advocate for the city in Parliament. I’ll miss him enormously. 

Challenging the BIS Office closure, inquiring into careers guidance and speaking on the voluntary sector – some of my week ahead

The death last Thursday of my friend and colleague Harry Harpham casts a shadow over my week in Parliament. I worked with Harry for many years - long before either... Read more

BIS_offices_3.jpgI have challenged the Prime Minister to publish the Government’s reasons for moving 247 civil service jobs from Sheffield to London, closing the Business Innovation and Skills Department office in the city. The decision followed a report commissioned by the Government from US management consultants McKinsey at a reported cost of £200,000.

Prime Minister must come clean on BIS Office closure

I have challenged the Prime Minister to publish the Government’s reasons for moving 247 civil service jobs from Sheffield to London, closing the Business Innovation and Skills Department office in... Read more

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