Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

Europe, International Students, Fracking and the Police Commissioner by-election Ė my week ahead

Monday 27th October - Iíll be in the Commons Chamber this afternoon for David Cameronís expected statement on the European Union, seeking to challenge him on his handling of the issue. Iím concerned that his approach is undermining UK interests, although Iím encouraged that the more that he Ďbangs on about Europeí, the more the British people support our EU membership according to the latest polling. Later on Iíll be meeting with the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss their manifesto for small businesses as we head towards the General Election. Then, in the evening, Iíll be meeting with executives from John Lewis Partnership.

Iíve a breakfast meeting organised by Universities UK on Tuesday to consider polling on the publicís views on international students and immigration, following their recent report on the issue Ė and on Wednesday Iíll be chairing an Inquiry into Post-Study Work rules for international students, which is being organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Migration Group. Also on Tuesday, weíve a meeting of the Business Innovation and Skills Committee, where weíve briefings from Ofcom and BIS officials in advance of our forthcoming inquiries on Competition in the Postal Services Sector and Government Support for Business

On Tuesday, Iíll be also be sharing issues raised during my Big Conversation as part of a debate on disabled workers and have a meeting of the Shadow Communities and Local Government team. Iíve a breakfast event on Wednesday too, where Iím meeting a local school student whoís been selected as a National Citizenship Service Leader to organise social action projects in Sheffield. Later that day Iíll be in the Commons Chamber to back a Bill seeking to allow public sector operators to run rail services. Iím back in Sheffield on Thursday to campaign for Alan Billings, Labourís candidate in the by-election for Police and Crime Commissioner and, in the evening, speak at an Institute of Mechanical Engineers meeting on Fracking at the University of Sheffield.


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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