Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

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Monday 15th June 2015 - Again my week ahead is dominated by the EU Referendum Bill, which was approved at Second Reading last week. Now it will get detailed consideration this week at Committee Stage which, because of its importance, will be open to all MPs. It's an issue I feel strongly about, but as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Foreign Secretary, my role is limited to supporting our team without being able to speak.

Europe, further education and migration – some of the issues in my week ahead

Monday 15th June 2015 - Again my week ahead is dominated by the EU Referendum Bill, which was approved at Second Reading last week. Now it will get detailed consideration this week at Committee Stage which,... Read more

Monday 8th June 2015 - The Parliamentary week is always a bit unpredictable. Last Thursday I intended to speak in the Queens Speech debate on the economy, but it was so oversubscribed that I pulled out in favour new members wanting to make their ‘maiden speeches'. But I was pleased to be in the Chamber to hear a brilliant contribution from Ed Miliband on the challenge of inequality (read it here).

Support for carers, EU membership and Broomhill Festival – some of my week ahead

Monday 8th June 2015 - The Parliamentary week is always a bit unpredictable. Last Thursday I intended to speak in the Queens Speech debate on the economy, but it was so... Read more

Tuesday 2nd June - After the pomp and ceremony of last week’s State Opening of Parliament, we’re now starting to consider the Government plans laid out in the Queen’s Speech, which is the subject of scrutiny this week. I was in the Chamber for the opening of the debate on Britain in the World, in as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn in his new role as Shadow Foreign Secretary, and I’ll be speaking in Thursday’s debate on the economy.

The Queen’s Speech and lots of meetings in Sheffield – my week

Tuesday 2nd June - After the pomp and ceremony of last week’s State Opening of Parliament, we’re now starting to consider the Government plans laid out in the Queen’s Speech, which... Read more

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, has commented on today’s announcement from HS2 Ltd on the next phase of the HS2 project and new plans for an HS3 route. The Sheffield Central MP has reconfirmed his support for a Sheffield city centre station, and calls for HS3 plans to focus on improving connectivity between Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds. 

Press release: My comments on today's HS2 and HS3 announcement

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, has commented on today’s announcement from HS2 Ltd on the next phase of the HS2 project and new plans for an HS3 route. The... Read more

Paul Blomfield MP, today called on the Government to tackle the scandal of care workers illegally paid below the National Minimum Wage. Speaking in a Parliamentary debate on the care sector, Mr Blomfield said Ministers were turning a blind eye to companies breaking the law by paying 220,000 carers below the legal minimum. Speaking about cases that came to light in Sheffield during his recent community consultation, the Big Conversation, he highlighted the illegal practice of carers not being paid for travel time between appointments. He called on Ministers to ensure that HMRC investigate the exploitation of low paid workers; and urged any carers who are concerned about their pay and rights to contact the national Pay & Work Rights helpline.

Press release: Ministers are turning a blind eye to the scandal of illegal pay for carers

Paul Blomfield MP, today called on the Government to tackle the scandal of care workers illegally paid below the National Minimum Wage. Speaking in a Parliamentary debate on the care... Read more

In a speech in Parliament today Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, challenged the Government’s cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance budget. DSA provides support to disabled students to enable them to access higher education and help them study. 53,000 students currently receive DSA and the Government plans to slash the budget by 70%. Speaking in a debate on the cuts Mr Blomfield called on the Government to think again and highlighted the case of Kat Chapman, a Sheffield student who has benefited from DSA. You can read my speech in full atwww.theyworkforyou.com/whall/

Paul Blomfield MP challenges Government cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance

In a speech in Parliament today Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, challenged the Government’s cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance budget. DSA provides support to disabled students to enable... Read more

In a speech in Parliament yesterday Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, called for urgent measures to be taken to tackle the 'sickness' of low pay in the British economy. 

Press release: Government is failing to tackle 'sickness' of low pay in our economy – Paul Blomfield MP

In a speech in Parliament yesterday Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, called for urgent measures to be taken to tackle the 'sickness' of low pay in the British economy. ... Read more

Paul Blomfield MP has responded to the Financial Conduct Authority's new rules for payday lenders which were published this morning. Paul Blomfield, who introduced legislation to regulate payday lenders into the House of Commons and developed the Charter the Stop the Payday Loan Rip-off, said:

Paul Blomfield MP responds to the FCA's new payday lending rules.

Paul Blomfield MP has responded to the Financial Conduct Authority's new rules for payday lenders which were published this morning. Paul Blomfield, who introduced legislation to regulate payday lenders into... Read more

My week started yesterday as I travelled up to Scotland in preparation for a Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee Inquiry on Scottish Independence. Today in Glasgow and tomorrow in Edinburgh we've five evidence sessions in which we're questioning 17 witnesses on the potential impact of independence on  business, higher education, research and the postal service - all the areas covered by our Committee that are potentially affected. I'll be heading back to London on Tuesday afternoon in time for a meeting of the All-Party Universities Group, of which I'm Secretary, on A-level reform. Then I'm catching up with the Vice-Chancellors of our two universities who are in Westminster to catch up with South Yorkshire MPs.

My Private Members Bill on Payday lenders, Scottish Independence, Motor Neurone Disease and Creating a Fair Society - some of my week ahead

My week started yesterday as I travelled up to Scotland in preparation for a Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee Inquiry on Scottish Independence. Today in Glasgow and tomorrow in Edinburgh we've... Read more

Monday 28th January - Last week the Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign launched. The campaign, which I'm backing, aims to highlight the disproportionate impact of the cuts on Sheffield and to make the case for fair funding for our city. A wide range of faith leaders in the city, including both Bishops, have come together with MPs, Councillors, community organisations, trade unions, and representatives from the voluntary sector to back it. 

MPs, Faith Leaders, Voluntary Sector and trade unions come together to call for 'A Fair Deal for Sheffield'

Monday 28th January - Last week the Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign launched. The campaign, which I'm backing, aims to highlight the disproportionate impact of the cuts on Sheffield and to make the case... Read more

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