Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

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I spoke in favour of a petition, which Sheffield Central constituents contributed the fourth highest number of signatures to, calling for the adoption of proportional representation for General Elections in a Westminster Hall debate last night. At a time when the UK faces huge political challenges, we need an electoral system that inspires confidence in our democracy. 

My backing for proportional representation

I spoke in favour of a petition, which Sheffield Central constituents contributed the fourth highest number of signatures to, calling for the adoption of proportional representation for General Elections in... Read more

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My week starts with a meeting of the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation, of which I’m a trustee, followed by our weekly Shadow Brexit team meeting. This afternoon I’ll be in Westminster Hall to speak in support of proportional representation at a debate that has been triggered by an e-petition calling for electoral reform reaching over a 100,000 signatures – to which I’m pleased that Sheffield Central contributed the fourth highest number of signatures of any constituency!

Electoral reform, nuclear safeguards, votes at 16, and Brexit – some of my week ahead

    My week starts with a meeting of the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation, of which I’m a trustee, followed by our weekly Shadow Brexit team meeting. This afternoon... Read more

The Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – or the so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’ as they used to describe it – in the House of Commons in July and it will be debated over the coming months. Its purpose is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which incorporates EU law into our domestic law, but to retain that law by transposing it directly into domestic UK law. But Labour has serious concerns about how the Government plan to replace these 40 years’ worth of rules, using ‘Henry VIII powers’ that mean they can make and change laws without securing the approval of MPs. 

EU Withdrawal Bill - update

The Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – or the so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’ as they used to describe it – in the House of Commons in July and it... Read more

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Keeping in touch - October 2017

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As an MP for Sheffield - which became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees in the UK in 2007 - I have seen the huge benefits of English language teaching for refugees and asylum seekers in my constituency. That’s why I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate today about the need for the Government to invest more in English language courses for them. 

We should be helping refugees to learn English

As an MP for Sheffield - which became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees in the UK in 2007 - I have seen the huge benefits... Read more

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I today joined campaigners who were in Parliament to lobby against school cuts, after figures showed that nearly £2 million will be cut from schools in Sheffield Central by 2020. 

My backing for campaign against school cuts

I today joined campaigners who were in Parliament to lobby against school cuts, after figures showed that nearly £2 million will be cut from schools in Sheffield Central by 2020. ... Read more

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I had been expecting the EU Withdrawal Bill back in the Commons this week, but it’s been delayed again by the Government while they try to resolve their deep divisions on the issue. I’ll be meeting with Shadow Brexit team colleagues this afternoon to discuss the Bill – on which we’ve demanded changes – and I’ll be in the Commons for the Prime Minister’s Statement on the EU Council meeting last week. Also today I’ll be meeting the new Chief Executive of Universities UK and going to an event organised by Unison for Labour MPs. 

English language teaching, immigration detention, carers and Brexit – some of my week ahead

I had been expecting the EU Withdrawal Bill back in the Commons this week, but it’s been delayed again by the Government while they try to resolve their deep divisions... Read more

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I’ll be voting tonight to back Labour’s call to pause and fix Universal Credit. Where it’s been rolled-out payment delays have driven people into debt. 

Government must pause and fix Universal Credit

I’ll be voting tonight to back Labour’s call to pause and fix Universal Credit. Where it’s been rolled-out payment delays have driven people into debt.  Read more

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I was pleased to visit the World Wildlife Fund’s innovative ‘A River Runs Through It’ display in Parliament; celebrating nature and highlighting the problems facing rivers in England and Wales.

Backing WWF’s ‘Nature Needs You’ campaign

I was pleased to visit the World Wildlife Fund’s innovative ‘A River Runs Through It’ display in Parliament; celebrating nature and highlighting the problems facing rivers in England and Wales.... Read more

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I had expected the EU Withdrawal Bill to be starting Committee Stage this week, but the chaos at the heart of the Government appears to have delayed it. Instead we’re debating another piece of Brexit legislation today, the Nuclear Safeguards Bill, on which I’m winding up for Labour. I’ll reiterate our support for continued participation in Euratom – you can read an article I wrote with Keir Starmer in July about the issue here. Before that, I’ll be meeting with consumer organisations to hear their concerns about Brexit.

Nuclear safeguards, migration, World Week and, of course, Brexit – some of my week ahead

I had expected the EU Withdrawal Bill to be starting Committee Stage this week, but the chaos at the heart of the Government appears to have delayed it. Instead we’re... Read more

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