Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - June 2016

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central - June 2016


This month’s newsletter is a week earlier and shorter than usual, because I’ll be busy campaigning to remain in the EU next week and Parliament won’t be meeting. Over the last three weeks I’ve been campaigning on the EU, holding Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley to account, keeping up pressure against the Sheffield BIS Office closure, preparing for the Higher Education Bill and more – as you can read below.

As always, do let me know what you think on these or other issues.

Remaining in Europe


I’ve been making the case for Britain to remain in the EU at meetings in churches, mosques, synagogues, trade unions and community meetings - and on hundreds of doorsteps. I’m deeply grateful to the huge number of volunteers who’ve been out campaigning – sometimes in miserable weather! If you want to find out more get in touch. Opinion polls suggest that the vote is in the balance, so every vote will matter. 

Immigration and the EU


Our constituency is overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU, but many people have raised concerns about immigration. I’m Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and have written an article for the Daily Mirror pointing out that leaving the EU won’t make a difference to immigration levels, urging people not to believe Brexit myths. 

Questioning Mike Ashley 


Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley was in front of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, of which I’m a member, to face questions about his company’s employment practices. I pressed him on Sports Direct’s extensive use of abusive zero hour contracts and why he couldn’t employ more workers on permanent contracts. You can watch it here

BIS Office Inquiry


The National Audit Office (NAO) has confirmed it will respond to Parliament’s call for an inquiry into the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Department’s decision to centralise policy functions in London and close its Sheffield office, following the debate I led last month. I’ll keep up pressure and have highlighted the BIS decision to bring in a PR company at the taxpayers’ expense to sell the decision to its staff, yet more evidence it’s a bad decision

The Big Conversation is coming soon!


My annual community consultation, the Big Conversation, will be back in September. It’s my chance to hear your views as I shape my priorities at the start of each Parliamentary year. Last September, I went to cafes, community centres, schools, universities, churches, mosques, and more. I’d like to talk with as many people as possible, so if you’d like me to speak to any group that you’re involved in, please get in touch.  

Challenging the Higher Education Bill


The Government recently published the Higher Education and Research Bill, which will make major changes to our university system and will be taking up a lot of my time as it goes through Parliament. In preparation for the debate on the Bill, I recently chaired a joint APPG on Students and APPG on Universities meeting on the consumerisation of higher education, and hosted a briefing for MPs and Peers on the proposals.  

Get in touch



Opposing privatisation

I co-signed a letter to Business Secretary Sajid Javid opposing the privatisation of the Land Registry, an issue raised by lots of constituents. Read more.

Grace Owen Nursery opening


Photo by Will Roberts, Vox Multimedia

Over the last few years, I've worked with governors and staff to ensure Grace Owen Nursery moved to new premises in Park Hill, and was delighted to speak at the recent opening.

Abbeydale Tenants and Residents Association garden


I was delighted to join Abbeydale Tenants and Residents Association for the opening of their new community garden on Aizlewood Road. 

Broomgrove Nursing Home visit


I had a lively discussion with residents at the Broomgrove Nursing Home when I visited last week, and will be taking up concerns that they raised.

Community notices ...

Everyone’s Festival - Manor and Castle’s quality, fun, safe and inclusive festival for all communities in the area is looking for sponsorship, performers and stall holders. Find out more here

Bike ride fundraiser for CRESST - CRESST is a local conflict resolution training charity for young people, working with schools. They’re organising a fundraising bike ride on Sunday 17 July. Find out more here.

Bake it Better Day for the Children’s Hospital– Bake cakes and raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Find out more and how to register here.

Sheffield voices for equality – The Journey to Justice travelling exhibition on the US civil rights movement and its impact on Sheffield is at The Art House until June 25. Find out more here

Arrivals: making Sheffield home photography - The Arrivals photography project documents migration to Sheffield over the last 72 years. The photographer is looking for funding to create a photobook. Find out 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,



Paul Blomfield -



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