Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - March 2017

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

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I was about to send out my monthly newsletter when tragedy engulfed Westminster yesterday. This morning I joined MPs from all parties in a tribute to those who had died, a statement by the Prime Minister, and the scheduled business of the day. We cannot be deterred by attacks like this, so I am now sending you my news for the last month.  But I do so thinking of those who were killed and injured, and of their families and friends, and particularly of the only victim identified so far, PC Keith Palmer, who gave his life defending Parliament. As ever, do let me know your views and comments.


 

Police funding

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I pressed concerns raised at the Big Conversation in a debate on police funding, highlighting that front-line police numbers in South Yorkshire will have been cut by 18% and police civilian staff by 24% since 2011/12 - damaging their capacity to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour. Read more

 

The Budget - wrong on schools

The debacle over NI contributions dominated headlines on the Budget, but I focussed on schools in an opinion piece in The Star. Sheffield Central schools face an average cut of 10.4%. But the Government is finding funds for new grammar schools. It’s another sign of their wrong priorities. 


Brexit update

Our Labour team continued to press amendments on guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals living and working in the UK and giving Parliament a meaningful vote on the final deal, but the Government voted them down. Here’s my views on where we go from here. 


Campaigning for international students

I was delighted that the Lords voted to remove international students from net migration statistics. I’ve long campaigned for this (read more here) and am working with Peers and MPs of all parties to back the move when the amendment comes back to the Commons next month. 


Student voter registration

The Lords backed another amendment to the Higher Education Bill, to ensure universities give students the option of registering to vote when they enrol on their course, putting into law a scheme I developed with the University of Sheffield. I’m working to win support for the amendment (which echoes one I moved in the Commons). 


Make care fair

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I joined the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity in Parliament to back calls for an end to flying 15 minute homecare visits (read more) and spoke in a debate on health and social care, on the non-payment of the national minimum wage to care workers – see here. There’s more about my work on health and social care here


International Women's Day 

Thanks to everyone who came along to my International Women’s Day fundraiser or made a donation online. This year we’ve raised a record amount – almost £2000 for local women’s charities Ashiana and Sheffield Rape Crisis. You can still donate here to help us reach £2000 and support these charities' work for vulnerable women affected by sexual violence and domestic abuse.


Protecting arts and culture

After questioning Ministers in Parliament, I’ve secured a meeting between Museums Sheffield and Culture Ministers to address the funding crisis facing museums and galleries around the country. Read more.


Save Eastern Avenue Jobcentre

I’m backing the campaign to keep the Jobcentre Plus on Eastern Avenue open. Find out more here


‘It Ain’t Over’

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I met campaigners from Sheffield in Parliament to discuss the campaign to beat AIDS and I’ll be taking up their concerns with the International Development Secretary.

 

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Parliament trip

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I’ll be holding one of my regular trips to Parliament on Monday 3rd July. It includes a guided tour of Parliament (taking in both the Commons and Lords Chambers), watching the Commons in action from the Public Gallery and a Q&A with me. Find out more here


My work - issue by issue

My website has a series of pages about my work and views on different issues. From the NHS to climate change, you can read more about what I’ve been campaigning on. See more


Electoral reform

As a long-term supporter of electoral reform, I met with Makes Vote Matter and other campaigners to discuss how we can build support for PR. 


Tree removal

Following concerns raised by some constituents, I’ve held discussions with the Council and Police & Crime Commissioner over the approach to tree removal linked to the ‘Streets Ahead’ programme. Email me for more information.


Disability Confident conference

I hosted a Disability Confident conference to show local businesses the benefits of employing people with disabilities.


Opposing PIP cuts

I voted for a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to scrap their changes to Personal Independence Payment that could result in 160,000 people with mental health conditions receiving less support. Read more.


The ONE campaign

It was great to speak to a Sheffield ambassador for the ONE Campaign about the Poverty is Sexist campaign in Parliament.


Roundabout in Westminster

I was delighted to meet with young people from local youth homeless charity Roundabout in Parliament.


 STEM for Britain 

I met with Sheffield University researchers who were selected to promote their work in Parliament in this year’s STEM for BRITAIN competition.


 Community notices

Picnics in the Park - 12th & 19th April, 11-1, Manor Fields Park

Wybourn Community Litter pick - 30th March 2017, 10am to 2pm, meeting at The Corner House Manor Oaks Road @ 10am. 

Sheffield Visual Arts Group ( SVAG) public meeting on Street Art in Sheffield - 25th March, 9.45 -13.00. Millennium Gallery. To book contact sheffvisarts@gmail.com

WaterAid Ceilidh - 25th March, 7.30pm. St Andrew's Church Hall, St Andrew's Road, Nether Edge.  Tickets can be reserved sheffield.wateraid@gmail.com

In Conversation with Harriet Harman: A Woman's Work - Sheffield City Hall. Thursday, 30 Mar 2017. Find out more and book tickets here.

An evening of sporting inspiration – with special guests including Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page - to raise money for Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and Sheffield Hospitals Charity. Thursday 30th March, 5-8pm at the Virgin Money Lounge on Fargate. 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

 

 

 

 

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