Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - June 2017

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

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Welcome back to my monthly newsletter – and a special welcome to the hundreds of people who signed up during the election campaign. Parliament’s obviously only been back for a couple of weeks, but this summarises what I’ve been doing and, as ever, I'd welcome your views. You can also keep in touch by following my FacebookTwitter and website for updates. 


 

Thank you!

My thanks go to everyone who voted for me.  My majority of 27,748  is a long way from the margin of 165 in 2010 and I’m really grateful for your support.  It’s been a huge privilege to have been the MP for Sheffield Central for the last 7 years and I’m delighted to have the chance to continue. Labour’s success across the country has denied Theresa May an overall majority, giving a better opportunity to hold her to account in the interests of all constituents – whether you voted for me or not.

 

Help set my priorities

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At the start of each Parliamentary year in September I hold a three week community consultation – the Big Conversation – to hear constituents’ views and help set my priorities. I organise it in partnership with all sorts of local groups – from churches and mosques, to businesses and trade unions. If you’re part of any group and would be interesting in organising an event with me, please reply to this email.


Fire safety

The start of Parliament has been overshadowed by the disaster at Grenfell Tower – and my thoughts are with the victims, their friends and families. We can’t let anything like this ever happen again. I met immediately with Sheffield City Council and am pleased by their actions to reassure tenants - by conducting additional safety checks of council tower blocks, and acting on them, and by prioritising the installation of sprinklers.  In the debate on the Queen’s Speech, I pressed the Government to cover the Council’s costs and to include the private rented sector within a fuller review of fire safety. Read more here.


Opposing hard Tory Brexit

I’m pleased to have been re-appointed as a Shadow Minister for Exiting the EU – leading for Labour in holding the Government to account and opposing an extreme hard Brexit. In response to the Prime Minister’s report from the EU Council this week, we repeated our call for the Government to unilaterally grant full rights to EU citizens in the UK – as the best way of reassuring them and securing the rights of Brits in other EU countries.  


School cuts

One of the big issues raised with me during the General Election was cuts to local school budgets. The Head Teachers Association (NAHT) had warned of cuts per pupil of 6% to 17% over the next four years in Sheffield Central, putting 103 teaching posts at risk. In the Queen’s Speech debate, I challenged Ministers to recognise the damage this would do, and to commit to make no cuts to school budgets.


Climate change

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I challenged Ministers on their failure to publish their long overdue carbon reduction plan and on what they were doing to carry out emissions impact assessments of policies, to demonstrate real commitment to tackle climate change across Government – issues raised with me by Sheffield Climate Alliance

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Job vacancy -  Full Time Constituency Assistant 

There is a job vacancy in my office. Find out more hereThe closing date for applications is 10th July, 9am. 


Great Get Together

I joined events across the constituency for the Great Get Together to celebrate the values of my murdered colleague Jo Cox that we “have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”. Over the weekend of 16th – 18th June, I remembered Jo with others in the Botanical Gardens, at street parties and in the Madina Masjid.


World Refugee Day 2017

It was World Refugee Day on Tuesday 20 June – a day to remember the challenges facing refugees and what we can do to help. Read more.


Assist Auction of Promises

Assist Sheffield, a charity supporting destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield, is holding an “Auction of Promises” - including film tickets, Spanish classes, adventure course passes, homemade cake, Sharks tickets – to raise money for their vital work. I’ve contributed a personal tour of Parliament and lunch. See here.


 Community notices

The Big Draw - Saturday 15th July, 11am - 4pm - Manor Fields Park and Manor Lodge. Find out more here.

Broomhall Girl’s Club  – Games, cooking and other activities for girls aged between 10 and 16 years old – Wednesday evenings 6 – 8pm at Broomhall Centre.

Everyone’s Festival - 19thAugust 2017, 1 pm - 8 pm – Manor Fields Park. More details here.

Philip’s 100-mile bike ride for Save the Children

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I’m backing Philip White from Nether Edge, who’s raising money for Save the Children’s vital work to protect lives being devastated by war and hunger in Syria, Yemen and East Africa. Join me in supporting him here.  

“Choral music a la carte” for South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice (SYRLJ) – Choral music from Sheffield Chamber Choir to raise money for SYRLJ. - St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 3pm. Find out more here.

The Broomhall Centre is holding two “open days” next week on what is happening at the Centre and seeking ideas for how to make it more sustainable. There’s food and activities for children on Tues 4th July 5.30 – 7pm and Sat 8th July 12 – 3pm. If you can’t come, but want to support the Centre, join as a member here

Let me have any notices for the next newsletter by Friday 21st July.

 

 

 

 

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