Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - January 2017

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


Parliament's only been back for a couple of weeks since the Christmas break, but there's a lot happening, with the growing crisis in the NHS and the Government finally beginning to share their plans on Brexit. I've been active on both issues and more. As ever, do get in touch if you'd like to raise anything, and best wishes for what promises to be a challenging 2017!


Challenging Tory Brexit


Brexit will dominate politics for the next few months, and well beyond. As a member of Labour's Shadow Brexit team, I'll be holding Theresa May to account every step of the way. Last week, after months of pressure from Labour, she was forced to start to share her plans with Parliament. Yesterday the Supreme Court confirmed she must involve Parliament. I've set out my views in more detail here on what I'll be doing over the months ahead to try to ensure that she doesn't sell our country short. 


Defending the NHS          

In the House of Commons I criticised Theresa May's cynicism in raising hopes about tackling the mental health crisis for young people, without announcing the measures and money necessary. Read more. But the crisis runs far deeper. Last weekend I was out campaigning for the money the NHS needs, and I'll continue to press the case. You can read more about my work on the NHS here.

Christmas Appeal - a big thank you!


Many thanks to everyone who donated to my Christmas Appeal, which has raised nearly £5,000 for Sheffield foodbanks. I’m fighting the Tory policies that are driving people to use foodbanks, but at the same time foodbanks are struggling to cope with the rising numbers of people using them. If you haven’t already please get involved with helping your local foodbank. Read more.

Sheffield Business Department Office

I have been fighting the Government’s plans to move jobs in the Business Department from Sheffield to London for over a year. This month the Government updated an answer they gave to one of my questions about locating policy jobs outside of London, signalling a change on the Sheffield jobs move – which I’ve welcomed. Read more.

International action on Kashmir

In Parliament last week, I called out the Government for failing to respond to the recent crisis in Kashmir and pressed for the long overdue plebiscite to give the Kashmiri people a right to self-determination. Read more.

University Access Tsar

I’m pleased that, after my pressure, the Government will give more power to the department responsible for getting people from low income and other under-represented groups into university and helping them do well there. Read more. 

International Women's Day


Along with Sheffield Students’ Union Women’s Committee and Unite the Union, I’ll be holding my annual free film screening on 8th March. This year we’ll be watching Belle and raising money for Sheffield Rape Crisis (SRASAC), and Ashiana Sheffield. The event is open to all. You can find out more and book tickets here. Please donate to the charities here if you can’t attend or want to give in advance.

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To keep up to date with my work you can ‘like’ my Facebook page where I post updates on what I’ve been up to in Parliament and in Sheffield. 

Yafa Charity Awards

I was pleased to attend the Yafa Charity Awards Evening, recognising the success of members of the South Yemeni community in Sheffield who recently graduated from British universities. 

Backing the Workers' Rights Bill

I’m backing Labour colleague Melanie Onn’s Workers' Rights Bill, which would guarantee that workers’ rights guaranteed under EU law remain after Brexit. Although the Bill was blocked by Tory MPs this month, it will return to the Commons next month.

Boosting voter registration

I took part in a Ministerial roundtable discussion on voter registration and democratic participation for students and young people, making the case for Sheffield University’s model of voter registration, which I helped develop.

Employment tribunal fees

I spoke out in the House of Commons against the scandal of employment tribunal fees, which are pricing workers out of securing justice against bad bosses. Read more.


Community notices...

Young People’s Question Time – I’ll be taking part in a Question Time for young people with Nick Clegg and Natalie Bennett. Thursday 2nd February 2017 19.00 – 21.00. Sheffield Institute of Arts. Find out more here.

Refugees and Peacekeepers Anthology – An evening of readings with tea and cakes, and local refugees telling their stories. Mugen Tea House, The Hide, Scotland Street. Saturday 18th February, 7pm. Contact: 

Disability Confident conference for employers - On 3rd March 9:30 – 11:30, with Jobcentre Plus, I'll be 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

Arrivals – There’s just over two weeks left to see this great exhibition on the rich mix of Sheffield people. It closes on 12 February, so get along to Weston Park Museum before then. More here.


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,






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