Paul Blomfield MP

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Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has secured a change to benefit rules which will help terminally ill people in their final days.

Press Release: Sheffield MP secures full benefits for terminally ill

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has secured a change to benefit rules which will help terminally ill people in their final days. Read more

Monday 26th October - The crisis in the steel industry has dominated the headlines over the last fortnight and this week we’ve got Ministers in front of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee, along with representatives of the industry and trade unions. I’ll be pushing for real action to protect the future of the industry and support steel communities. Then, on Wednesday, I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for a special debate on steel secured by Labour. We’ve also a special debate that I’ll be joining, backing junior doctors in their battle with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over changes to cut their working conditions. As you can see here, I have signed Early Day Motion 539, which supports junior doctors.

The steel crisis, the Immigration Bill, postgraduate study and Palestine – some of my week ahead

Monday 26th October - The crisis in the steel industry has dominated the headlines over the last fortnight and this week we’ve got Ministers in front of the Business Innovation and Skills... Read more

Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October – The main events of my Big Conversation are over for another year, but I’m keen to do more. Do get in touch if you’d like me to come and meet any groups you’re involved in, if you’d like to host a session with your neighbours, or if you’ve any other ideas.  I want to do everything I can to make sure Sheffield’s voice is heard by the Government.

Now Parliament’s in full swing, I’m already raising the issues from the Big Conversation, with tax credit cuts high on my agenda. As Jeremy Corbyn said in last week’s PMQs, these changes must be resisted - and Labour will be holding a parliamentary debate about the cuts on Tuesday.  I’m determined to tell Government Ministers how badly these cuts will hammer the 27,000 working families and 43,000 children in Sheffield who will be affected. You can read the Star’s report on me pressing the Government here

It was great to meet students at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield College and Hallam University over the last few months and I will continue to raise their concerns.  Last week I pressed Business Secretary Sajid Javid on student loans and this week I’m meeting the Director of the Office of Fair Access (OFFA), as well as attending a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Universities, of which I’m Secretary, to discuss why EU membership and reform matter to the higher education sector.

As Chair of the All-Party Group on Migration, I’ve been heavily involved in a number of issues on immigration and will be putting this experience to use in scrutinising the Immigration Bill, because I’m on the Committee that will examine the legislation line-by-line two days a week for the next four weeks. I have serious concerns about a number of aspects of this Bill, and particularly the way it will give too much power to gangmasters over exploited workers. You can see me challenging the Home Secretary on this issue last week here.

This week I’ve also got meetings with the University and College UnionCare England and the TUC. Then on Friday I’ll be at the University of Sheffield’s Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)  to take part in a debate on ‘The British Growth Model: Building a Sustainable Future’. I’ll also be meeting the organiser of the S2 Food Bank, the Managing Director of Forest Fuel, and local Councillors – as well as holding one of my regular surgeries for constituents to chat to me about concerns. (If you are interested in coming to a future surgery then please give my office a call on 0114 272 2882) Then on Saturday I’m speaking on tackling inequality at a conference organised by the Co-op Party and Compass on the theme of ‘Radical Hope’ (book places here), before going on to Bramall Lane for the match with Millwall.

Tax credits, universities, and tackling modern slavery – my week ahead

Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October – The main events of my Big Conversation are over for another year, but I’m keen to do more. Do get in touch if you’d like me to...

Friday 16th October - The Government today pledged to consider changing benefit rules to help support terminally ill people in their final days, following pressure from Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

Press Release: Government consider improving benefits for terminally ill, after pressure from local MP

Friday 16th October - The Government today pledged to consider changing benefit rules to help support terminally ill people in their final days, following pressure from Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.... Read more

Monday 12th October – Parliament returns after a three week recess for the Party Conferences, during which I’ve been holding my Big Conversation. I’ve had a great time meeting people at events in every part of the constituency - listening to what they want me to raise in Parliament. We’ve had wide-ranging discussions, from tax credits cuts to mental health services, climate change to adult social care, and it’s been great to hear so many different views. Thanks to everyone who came along, took part or even just filled in my survey.

Tax credits, productivity, arts funding and the Immigration Bill – some of my week ahead

Monday 12th October – Parliament returns after a three week recess for the Party Conferences, during which I’ve been holding my Big Conversation. I’ve had a great time meeting people at events in... Read more

Monday 5th October 2015 - Paul Blomfield has launched a campaign to defend the Human Rights Act. He brought the British Institute for Human Rights (BIHR) to Sheffield for the first stop of a national Human Rights tour.

Paul Blomfield launches campaign to defend human rights

Monday 5th October 2015 - Paul Blomfield has launched a campaign to defend the Human Rights Act. He brought the British Institute for Human Rights (BIHR) to Sheffield for the first stop of... Read more

24th September 2015 - Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield told delegates at a modern day slavery conference that Sheffield can be at the forefront of efforts to tackle the crime.

Sheffield can lead the fight against slavery, Paul Blomfield tells conference

24th September 2015 - Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield told delegates at a modern day slavery conference that Sheffield can be at the forefront of efforts to tackle the crime. Read more

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, today challenged a Government Minister to meet a Sheffield working mother hit by cuts to tax credits, saying, “the Government talks endlessly about supporting people in work, but their biggest change to the welfare budget is hitting working people.” 

Press Release: Paul Blomfield challenges Minister to meet Sheffield mum hit by tax credit cuts

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, today challenged a Government Minister to meet a Sheffield working mother hit by cuts to tax credits, saying, “the Government talks endlessly about supporting... Read more

Monday 14th September 2015 - All eyes are going to be on tonight’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, which Jeremy Corbyn will be addressing as our new leader, and I’ll be there. I didn’t support Jeremy in the election, but will be doing all I can to make sure that Labour succeeds under his leadership. But ordinary business continues and before that I’ve got meetings with the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CASE), Sheffield anti-trafficking charity City Hearts and the APPG on Migration, of which I am Chair. I’ll also be in the Commons Chamber to oppose the Trade Union Bill.

Science, anti-trafficking and defending tax credits – my week ahead

Monday 14th September 2015 - All eyes are going to be on tonight’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, which Jeremy Corbyn will be addressing as our new leader, and I’ll... Read more

A lot of people are getting in touch with me about how they can help respond to the current refugee crisis. Sheffield has a proud tradition of supporting those fleeing persecution and war, and there are a number of great organisations that provide practical and much-needed support for refugees and asylum seekers. They always need volunteers and donations. 

How you can help refugees

A lot of people are getting in touch with me about how they can help respond to the current refugee crisis. Sheffield has a proud tradition of supporting those fleeing... Read more

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