Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - April 2016

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central - April 2016


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This month I’ve been fighting to save Sheffield’s BIS Office, campaigning to keep Britain in the EU, and speaking out against educational inequality. I was also pleased to see my change to benefit rules, helping thousands of terminally ill people, come into effect. You can read more below – and about my activities on other issues too. Do let me know what you think.

As you know, we’ve important votes for the City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner on 5th May and the European Union on 23rd June so I’m keen to hear your views about the key issues - let me know here


Keeping Sheffield jobs

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I’m still campaigning to save Sheffield’s BIS Office, adding to the pressure for the Department’s top civil servant to publish the facts. This week I have secured cross-party support for a full debate on the closure in the House of Commons (read more).


Stronger in Europe

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I’ve talked to a lot of people about the referendum and mostly heard support for remaining in the EU. I was pleased to welcome the Britain Stronger in Europe battle bus to Sheffield and bring campaigners to Sheffield Hallam University (read more). I also launched a new section on my website, which outlines my views and provides links to other useful information.


End to benefits delay for terminally ill 
 
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I was pleased when changes I secured to benefit rules, helping thousands of terminally ill people, came into effect on 4th April and am really grateful to Sheffield Citizens Advice for raising the issue with me. Read more. 


End the education divide – and forced ‘academisation’!

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In a debate in Parliament I called on the Government to take action to address the gap in educational attainment between Yorkshire and London and urged them to rethink their plans to force every school to become an academy. Read more.


Supporting junior doctors

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I joined with local junior doctors outside the Hallamshire Hospital earlier this month, backing their opposition to the imposition of a new contract by the Government. Read more.


Tackling sexual harassment

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I arranged a meeting in Parliament on tackling sexual harassment and assault on and off university and college campuses. Read more. 


Opposing cuts to university access body

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I have condemned the Government’s plans to slash staffing in the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), which risks undermining efforts to improve access to university for disadvantaged groups. Read more.


Community notices

Sheffield for Democracy Hustings for Election of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner – Meet the candidates on Thursday 28th April 7pm at St Mary’s Community Centre, Sheffield, S2 4SU

Ride for Nicaragua! – Cycle through Derbyshire from Endcliffe Park for 10, 20 or 50 miles.  The bike ride raises money for Esteli, Sheffield’s twin town in Nicaragua. Find out more here.

Refugee Week Dinner Fundraiser - To celebrate Refugee Week 2016, Assist Sheffield are organising a Dinner Fundraiser at Channing Hall on Surrey Street. Details and tickets can be found here. There are limited places available so it's advised to book early, the Dinner will take place on Saturday 25 June.



 

 

 

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Visit Parliament on 11th July!

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I’m running one of my regular trips to Parliament on the 11th July. It includes a guided tour, watching the House of Commons in action and a Q&A with me. To find out more and how to book click here.


Tour Big Ben before it closes for renovation!

Essential works, which will take three years, are needed to conserve the Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell, also known as Big Ben. The last tours will take place on 16 December 2016. Contact jason.read@parliament.uk if you are interested in going on a tour.


Ed Miliband in Sheffield on climate change

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I'm bringing Ed Miliband, the UK’s first Energy and Climate Change Secretary, to Sheffield on 13th May to talk about climate change and Britain in Europe. To find out more and how to book tickets click here.


Investing in brain tumour research


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In a debate about brain tumour research in Parliament I talked about my own experience and highlighted the importance of research and support for victims. 


 

Access to Finance inquiry

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The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, of which I’m a member, has launched an inquiry into improving access to finance to help support businesses grow and create jobs. Read more.


A better Parliament

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I spoke out in favour of improving the procedure for debating and voting on Private Member Bills, after constituents complained about the use of filibustering in the House of Commons.


The Sun's Manor article to be investigated

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After my complaint the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) will investigate The Sun's inaccurate article about Manor to see if it violated the Editors' Code. Read more.


Register to vote!

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Are you registered to vote? You can now register to vote online. Click here and make sure you can have your say at the next election and the EU Referendum.


 

Keeping in touch 

My office is open every weekday and if you have any questions or need any help please ring 0114 272 2882 or email me.

Best wishes,

Paul

 

 

 

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