Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - July 2016

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central - July 2016


This month’s newsletter highlights just some of my activities in the five weeks since the EU referendum. Parliament’s now in recess until September, but I’m doing lots in Sheffield and planning for my Big Conversation. As ever, do let me have your views.

The EU referendum


Having campaigned to remain in the EU, I was pleased Sheffield Central voted 70:30 in favour, but was deeply disappointed by the national result. I’ve set out my views here, and will do all that I can to mitigate the damage and hold the Government to account. Since the vote I challenged David Cameron on lost EU funding for Sheffield, urged Universities Minister Jo Johnson to protect university funding, and pressed the former Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom on climate change commitments. 

I'm backing Owen Smith for
Labour Leader


At this time, the country needs a strong and effective opposition more than ever. I’m backing Owen Smith in Labour's leadership election. I think that he has the ability and the values to unite Labour, as he showed in forcing the Government reversal on tax credit and disability benefit cuts. He doesn’t just talk about austerity, but has bold new policies to tackle it, like a £200 billion British New Deal. You can read more on my views here

HS2 Station success


I’ve been campaigning for a city centre location for years, and met HS2 bosses in May to press the case, so I’m delighted that they’ve agreed a new route that will bring high speed rail to the city centre. Read more.

Condemning Government fraud
on graduates


In Parliament I urged the Government not to retrospectively change the repayment terms for student loans, hitting everyone starting university after 2012 - including thousands of Sheffield graduates. Read more.

Keeping BIS jobs in Sheffield


The Business, Innovation and Skills Department (BIS) has been abolished and the roles in the Sheffield office that was set for closure will move to three Departments – with most going to the Department for Education. I have written to the new Education Secretary to secure the future of affected staff in Sheffield, and am pressing Ministers in the other Departments too.

Challenging the Higher Education Bill


Following my speech in Parliament challenging the Higher Education and Research Bill, I’ve been made a member of the Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the legislation from September. I also organised a meeting for students and MPs to put their views to Universities Minister Jo Johnson. Read more.

Campaigning for our tram-train


After questioning Ministers over delays to the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train, I met with Network Rail boss Mark Carne. I’ll be meeting the Minister in September on what I described as the ‘never never’ project. 

The Big Conversation is coming soon!


My annual community consultation, the Big Conversation, is happening again this September and October with more than 40 events. It gives you the chance to shape my work in Parliament – through Q&As, themed discussions, café chats, and street surgeries. Read more.

Get in touch



Sheffield welcomes international students


In response to the referendum outcome, I joined with Sheffield leaders to send out a message that we are a global city that welcomes international students. Read more.

Indefinite immigration detention


I visited Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre as part of my work on immigration detention, on which I’ve written more for the conservative think tank Bright Blue - here.

Backing proportional representation


I was pleased to back Caroline Lucas's Ten Minute Rule Bill for proportional representation and lowering the voting age to 16. Sadly the Bill narrowly failed to get a Second Reading.

Supporting work on Motor Neurone Disease


I've been re-elected Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on MND, supporting those affected by this devastating disease. Read more.

BIS Committee report on Sports Direct


Following my exchange with Mike Ashley in June, I’m pleased that our Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee report on Sports Direct pulled no punches. Read more.

Visit to SHINE Health Academy


I visited the SHINE Health Academy, a community-based not for profit group on Lower Manor helping young people lose weight and increase their self-esteem, which I’m supporting. 

Taking Prince Edward Y3's views to Parliament


After meeting Y3 pupils at Prince Edward Primary School about their Send my Friend to School campaign, I took their concerns to the International Development Select Committee Chair Stephen Twigg MP and European Parliament Development Committee Chair Linda McAvan MEP.  

Community notices ...

Everyone’s Festival - Manor and Castle’s quality, fun, safe and inclusive festival for all communities in the area is taking place at Manor Fields Park on 13th August 2016. Find out more here

Help the S2 Food Bank Cleethorpes trip - Last year 27 drivers took 97 families from the S2 Foodbank on a seaside trip they couldn’t otherwise have made. This year they want to take more people, but need our help. Join me in donating here.

Defying Dementia walks - Sponsored walks supporting research into neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and MND. Contact: or see here for more information.


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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