Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - March 2016

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central - March 2016


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It's been a busy month in Parliament and Sheffield. We've had another omnishambles Budget from George Osborne, I helped secure a change to climate change legislation with Ed Miliband and I'm still fighting to save Sheffield's BIS Office. I've also spoken on education funding, held a great International Women's Day event and welcomed Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister to Sheffield. And there's the ongoing campaign to stay in the EU...

I'd welcome your views on these and other issues so please keep in touch.


Pressure for Children's Hospital cash pays off

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Within the shambles of George Osborne’s recent Budget, there’s some good news. As well as the forced climb-down on cruel cuts to disability benefits, I welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that extra cash will be provided to Sheffield Children’s Hospital to help them buy a new MRI scanner to treat children with brain tumours, something that I’ve been pushing for since January. Read more


Staying in the EU

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I’ve been campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union. The referendum on 23rd June will be the most important vote in a generation. You can read more about why I think we must stay in the EU here. If you have any questions about the referendum and what’s at stake then please contact me here. Also do get in touch if you want to get involved with campaigning. We need as many people as possible between now and 23rd June!


Securing a climate change victory
 
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I joined with former Labour leader Ed Miliband MP, the UK’s first Environment and Climate Change Secretary, to secure Government agreement to make the zero carbon emissions target legally binding in the UK. Read more


 

BIS Sheffield campaign update

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I’m still campaigning to save Sheffield’s BIS Office. In Parliament I highlighted the £2.5 million in savings if the Government drops their plans to move the jobs to London. I urged BIS Ministers to meet with council officials to develop an alternative plan which will keep the jobs in Sheffield. Read more.  


Sheffield schools need certainty

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I challenged Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on her plans for funding Sheffield schools. This followed the uncertainty created by the Government’s announcement on changes to the schools funding formula. Read more.


The Sun removes inaccurate and offensive article about Manor

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The Sun newspaper has removed an inaccurate article that demonised Manor, after pressure from me and local community groups. Read more.


Community notices

Sheffield Folk for Refugees concert - A fundraising evening of traditional and contemporary folk music with Badly Strung, Shaun Hutch, Simon Ennals and Nigel Parsons in aid of the British Red Cross' refugee work in Sheffield, Europe and Syria. It's at 19:30 on the 9th April at St Mark's Church. Find out more here.

Sheffield Poem-a-thon for Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Help support refugees and asylum seekers by sponsoring poets at the Sheffield Poem-a-thon. Then come along to the Art House in Backfields for poetry readings, refreshments,a  tombola and a book stall. Find out more here

Yorkshire Bank to Recognise Community Spirit in Sheffield - Community projects in Sheffield are invited to enter an awards programme which could see them share a funding boost of £75,000 to make a real difference in their local area. Find out more here

Sheffield Housing Company's new housing consultation - the Sheffield Housing Company has been developing plans to deliver new housing on the former Manor Boot housing site (in-between Queen Mary Road and Prince of Wales Road). There will be a public consultation event on Thursday 24th March from 12.00 – 2pm and then from 3.30 – 7pm in; The Parish Hall, St Theresa’s Church, 311 Queen Mary Road, Sheffield, S2 1EA

 

 

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Register to vote!

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Are you registered to vote? You can now register to vote online. Click here and make sure you can have your say at the next election and the EU Referendum.


International Women's Day event raises cash for women's charities

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I was delighted that the International Women’s Day event I organised with Sheffield Students’ Union Women’s Committee and Unite the Union raised more than £750 for women’s charities. Read more.


Inquiries into ‘northern powerhouse' and ‘apprenticeships' 

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Two Committees of which I’m a member are launching new inquiries. The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee  is launching an inquiry into the northern powerhouse and devolution (see more  here) and the Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, will be looking at apprenticeships (see more here). Do let me know your thoughts on these issues.


Student volunteering is inspirational

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I paid tribute to the thousands of students who volunteer in Sheffield, and I urged the Government to do more to ensure students from all backgrounds can volunteer. Read more.


Immigration Listening Tour visits Sheffield

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I invited Sir Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister to Sheffield to see and hear first-hand from people in our city about the benefits and challenges immigration brings. Read more.


Cooking at Hunters Bar Infants!

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I had a great time cooking healthy food at Hunters Bar Infants School as part of the Children's Food Trust campaign 'Let's Get Cooking'. Read more.


Touring the new look Moor

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I work closely with the Council on the redevelopment of the city centre and recently I visited the new Moor development to see the latest work on the new complex for shops, restaurants and a cinema. Read more.


 

Keeping in touch 

My office is open every weekday (except for Easter Friday and Easter Monday) and if you have any questions or need any help please ring 0114 272 2882 or email me.

Best wishes,

Paul

 

Paul Blomfield - http://www.paulblomfield.co.uk/

 

 

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