Paul Blomfield

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - February 2017

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

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Obviously the Article 50 Bill has consumed a lot of my time this month, but I’ve also been pressing concerns on the NHS, listening to students, opposing a local job centre closure, condemning Donald Trump’s proposed State Visit and more. Please read about all this below and continue to follow my Facebook, Twitter and website for updates. As ever, I'd welcome your views.



 

Brexit - a difficult month

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Brexit has dominated Parliament and my work as a Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union over the last month. I’ve posted regular updates on my website and you can view my speech to the Commons here. As someone who campaigned relentlessly to remain, triggering Article 50 to implement the referendum decision was a difficult moment. But it’s just the start of a long process – read more here. Alongside debates in Parliament, I’ve met with the CBI, medical research groups, the pharmaceutical industry and local businesses to discuss their concerns on Brexit – and this week I chaired an all-party meeting with student representatives from across the UK.

 


Fighting for the NHS          

The crisis in the NHS is a big issue for constituents. In the House of Commons I told Health Ministers that access to GP surgeries was one of the most important local concerns. Read more. I met with the Chair of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust to discuss the local position, and also visited the Northern General Hospital to hear about the effects of alcohol-related liver disease.



Hearing student views

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I represent more students than any other MP and work hard to hear their views. This month I joined Nick Clegg and Natalie Bennett at a Question Time at Sheffield Hallam University’s Institute of Arts, spoke at a Hallam Education Conference for student representatives, and was interviewed by Sheffield University’s Forge TV. 



Challenging nurse bursaries cut

Last year I warned the Government that scrapping bursaries for nurses and midwives would hit recruitment and new figures published this month show that training applications have dropped by 24% in Sheffield. My comments in The Star here



Opposing the job centre closure

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In the House of Commons I challenged Ministers on plans to close the Jobcentre Plus offices on Eastern Avenue. Read more.



No to Trump State Visit

6,469 Sheffield Central residents signed the petition urging the Government to withdraw its invitation to Donald Trump to make an official State Visit. I joined the debate on the petition in Parliament on Monday. 



Miserly transport spending in Yorkshire

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I spoke out after a new report by IPPR North showed that the average transport infrastructure spend per head in London is ten times more than in Yorkshire. Read my comments here.


 

Sheffield City Region Vision Launch 

Last week I joined business and community leaders for a presentation of work led by our two universities and teaching hospitals to develop a vision for the economic and social development of the region. Read more.

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International Women's Day

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I’m hosting a free screening of award-winning film Belle with Sheffield Students’ Union Women’s Committee on International Women’s Day (8th March, 6:15 for 7pm) to raise funds for Sheffield Rape Crisis (SRASAC) and Ashiana Sheffield. Find out more and book free tickets here. You can donate to the charities here.


Parliament trip

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I’ll be holding one of my regular trips to Parliament on Monday 3rd July. It includes a guided tour of Parliament (taking in both the Commons and Lords Chambers), watching the Commons in action from the Public Gallery and a Q&A with me. Find out more here


Best Bar None Awards

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I was pleased to be at the Best Bar None Awards in the House of Lords to see Sheffield City Council’s Tracey Ford win a top award for her work promoting responsible management in bars and pubs across Sheffield. 


Discussing immigration detention with the UNHCR

I hosted representatives from the UN High Commission for Refugees to discuss action on immigration detention, an issue on which I’ve done a lot of work.


Community notices...

Blades Fan’s Everest climb for Macmillan Cancer – Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Sheffield United fan Ian Toothill is planning a sponsored climb of Mount Everest. Read more here and donate here.

Handmade Cinema film screening and workshops for kids – Handmade Cinema will be holding events themed around Roald Dahl's Matilda, including creative writing and illustration workshops and film screening. Find out more here.  

Disability Confident conference for employers - On 3rd March 9:30 – 11:30, with Jobcentre Plus, I’m hosting a Disability Confident conference for employers on how employing disabled people through the Disability Confident employer scheme can help your business. To find out more contact Helen Brown at Jobcentre Plus

Bolivia: Free Radicals Benefit gig “Soul with Salsa”  - On Saturday 25th March (7.30 until late) Free Radicals will do a benefit gig at Crookes Social Club for Bartolina Sisa women’s empowerment group in Bolivia. 


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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