Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

Start The Week blog: The Modern Slavery Bill, TTIP, PubCo reform, opposing NHS privatisation and more

Monday 17th November - Iím meeting with the Home Office Minister Karen Bradley today to discuss my concerns over the shortcomings of the Modern Slavery Bill, to which I tabled amendments and spoke both at Second Reading and Report Stage. Iíve also written an article for the Guardian today outlining the action I think that the Government needs to take. Iíve been drawn for Cabinet Office Questions on Wednesday, when Iíll be pressing the Government on youth services, an issue raised by constituents during my Big Conversation meetings.

Weíve two meetings of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee this week. On Tuesday weíre continuing our Inquiry into Government Support for Business and, on Wednesday, weíve a special evidence session on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at which Iíll be raising concerns raised with me by constituents during my Big Conversation. You can read my views on TTIP here. Iíll also be meeting with our Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna on TTIP.

Iíve signed up to an amendment to the Small Business Bill, which provides for a Ďmandatory rent only option for pub company tenantsí which will redress the power imbalance with the big pub companies (see more on the CAMRA campaign website). Itís an issue weíve been pushing on the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee for some time and Iím hopeful weíll get sufficient support to win the vote. 

Iím heading back to Sheffield on Wednesday night, but am back in Westminster on Friday to support my colleague Clive Effordís Private Members Bill opposing privatisation of the NHS. My other meetings in Westminster this week include the Chief Executive of Young Enterprise and the Head of Sheffield United Community Foundation, whoís in Parliament for a Football League Trust event on community engagement.

In Sheffield on Thursday, Iíve one of my regular lunchtime student advice surgeries at Sheffield Hallam University, where Iíll also be in the evening speaking on housing and taking questions on this and other issues. Iíve also meetings on proposed changes to local council ward boundaries, which have caused concern in Highfield and Lowfield, and with residents over anti-social behaviour issues, as well as knocking on doors to meet residents in Manor. On Saturday Iím speaking at a Sheffield Visual Arts Group Conference and heading down to Bramall Lane for the Oldham game.


My concerns about the Devonshire Street demolition plans

Tuesday 14th October - Like lots of people I'm concerned by the plans to demolish a number of popular independent shops on Devonshire Street, including Rare and Racy. You can read my comments in full here

I'd be keen to hear your views on the issue. Let me know what you think by emailing me or posting on my Facebook page


The Big Conversation 12 September - 6 October

Make your voice heard - tell me what you think

Your views, ideas and priorities shape my work as your MP. They help me do my job and represent you in Parliament. Thatís why I make real efforts to stay in touch all year round. 

Between 12 September and 6 October I've organised over 50 Big Conversation meetings, events and activities across Sheffield Central so I can listen to you and find out what you think. Itís also so you can hear about my work and my priorities.

I hope you can come and join me at one of the meetings and events. 

Click here for the full Big Conversation programme of meetings and events


As part of The Big Conversation Iíve put together a short online survey to find out what you think Ė it will only take a couple of minutes.

Complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/the-big-conversation


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I'm honoured to receive the Parliamentarian of the Year award from Citizens Advice

Thursday June 5th - At an event in Westminster yesterday I was honoured to receive the Parliamentarian of the Year 2014 award from the national charity Citizens Advice for my work campaigning for payday lending regulation.

It's a huge honour to receive this award from Citizens Advice. It's a tribute to everyone who has campaigned to stop the payday loan rip-off and forced the Government to act. Ministers could not ignore the sustained pressure from debt and consumer charities, churches, trade unions, MPs, Councils, and the thousands of people who signed our petition saying that the irresponsible behaviour and practices of payday lenders have to stop.

You can read my full press release and comments here.


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