Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - December 2017

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central
Keeping in touch - December 2017

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Welcome to my latest update. Brexit has continued to dominate politics this month - and my time as a Shadow Minister. But I’ve been working on other issues too – policing, carers’ rights, child obesity and more.

Growing homelessness was a key concern in the Big Conversation. So I’ve launched a Christmas Appeal for two brilliant Sheffield charities that provide support to those who find themselves without a home – please join me in donating here.

Enjoy the Christmas break – and best wishes for the New Year.


 

Brexit

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Yesterday I led for Labour’s frontbench on the final day of this stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which we’ve debated in the Commons for the last month – pressing our case on economic impact assessments (on which I spoke previously), the need for flexibility in the next stage of negotiations, and the protection of workers’ rights. Watch my speech here

 

Funding for local services

I took up a key issue from the Big Conversation in my response to the Budget - highlighting how Government cuts to the council and police funding were undermining efforts to tackle street begging, drug abuse and dangerous motorbike driving. Read more in the Star here.


Big Conversation - reporting back

My recent Big Conversation involved over 1,000 people in 40 events and 868 responses to my survey. A lot of issues were raised, but there were some clear priorities. Read the report here - I’ll be providing updates on how I take the issues up over the year ahead.


Government’s Midland Mainline failure

The Government finally admitted the huge cost to the environment of their decision to scrap the electrification of the Midland Mainline, in response to my Parliamentary Question. Read more.


Defending research funding

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Following the release of Government figures showing a fall in UK participation in the EU Research programme Horizon 2020 (see here), I challenged Brexit Ministers on the need to act to protect the UK’s place in these important research programmes. Watch here.


My call to save Palestinian village

Last month I visited the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank – and followed up this month by calling on the Government to redouble efforts to stop its threatened demolition in a Parliamentary debate. Read more.


Carers Rights Day

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I was delighted to join Sheffield Young Carers in a special event to mark Carers Rights Day 2017. They outlined changes that would improve their lives – which I’ll be taking up.


Illegal motor bikes

I’ve raised concerns with the police about off road bikes in our communities. Read about their initiatives on the issue here. Call 101 to report problems or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) update

I’m an Officer for a number of APPGs. This month’s meetings included the APPG on Universities discussing HE as an export and also degree apprenticeships, an APPG on Debt and Personal Finance meeting on tackling problem debt and an APPG on Students meeting on housing.

Get in touch

 

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Christmas Appeal

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Please donate to my Christmas Appeal raising funds for homelessness charities – donate here.


Help us Help

There are lots of ways to help those forced into rough sleeping – find out more on the Help us Help website, which I launched for local charities and the City Council last year.


Child Obesity petition

I’m backing a petition launched by a brilliant Sheffield charity SHINE, calling for proper Government funding for specialist services for severely obese children – please sign it here and share it.


City of Sanctuary

I met with Patricia Simeon, an asylum seeker whose case I took up after she was wrongly detained by the Home Office, with local campaigners at a ‘City of Sanctuary’ event in Parliament on support for asylum seekers and refugees.


Fairer votes

As a long-term supporter of proportional representation, I was pleased to be re-elected Chair of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.


Dying to work 

I signed up to the ‘Dying to Work’ charter, backing the campaign for additional employment protection for terminally ill workers.


Send my Friend to School

In July school students from King Edward’s joined others from across the UK in Parliament lobbying for the ‘Send my Friend to School’ campaign. They’ve made a great video about the day – watch it here.


Community notices

Winter advice from the Council

For all information relating to roads this winter, you can view a dedicated page here. For a full guide to winter services, see here. To sign up for winter alerts, including ‘Keeping Healthy and Well’ click here.

Anti-fracking Benefit – A Burns Night and Celidh

Saturday, 20 January 2018 at 19:00–23:00 - St. Andrews U.R.C., Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield S3 7RQ – More details here.

Local police alerts in your area

What’s happening in your area?  Don’t know?  Sign-up for local alerts from police by text, email or voice message at www.sypalerts.co.uk  #SignMeUp

 


Christmas break

My office will be closed from 12pm on Friday 22nd December and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January. To contact my office you can ring 0114 272 2882 or email me.

Best wishes,

Paul

 

 

 

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