Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

A busy last week in Parliament before Christmas -CLG questions, TTIP, Minimum Wage enforcement & more

Monday 15th December - This is the last week for Parliament before the Christmas break, but there’s a lot on. We’ve two meetings of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee – later today we’re questioning BIS Minister Matthew Hancock as part of our Inquiry into Government Support for Business, and tomorrow we’re continuing our evidence sessions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investor Partnership, on which you can see my views here.

Earlier today we’ve Communities and Local Government Questions, which I’ll be supporting as Parliamentary Private Secretary to our Shadow Secretary of State Hilary Benn MP, and we’ll be pushing Eric Pickles and his ministers on local government funding, housing and other issues. After tomorrow’s Select Committee, I’m talking with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia about post-study work opportunities for international students before meeting with colleagues on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration’s Inquiry into the issue to finalise our report.

Also on Tuesday, I plan to support my South Yorkshire colleague Dan Jarvis in his debate on enforcement of the National Minimum Wage, something I spoke about during a recent debate on pay for care workers (see my comments here). Later I’ll be meeting with the Engineering Employers Federation to discuss the current issues raised in their recent report on ‘Improving the quality and quantity of graduate-level skills’. During the week, I also hope to get to a debate on the e-petition relating to Millie's Trust campaign to train all nurses in paediatric first aid, a meeting to discuss concerns about Kashmir, and Chanukah celebration organised by Keshet (an LGBT advocacy group in the Jewish community).

I’ll be back in Sheffield on Thursday and Friday, meeting constituents, catching up with my staff on casework, attending a celebration for students at Learn for Life, and hosting an event I’ve organised to say thanks to volunteers who’ve helped me over the year, particularly focusing on those playing a wider role in supporting community initiatives.

Parliament’s back on 5th January, when I’ll be posting my next ‘Start the Week’. Until then, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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. That’s 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. It’s 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

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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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