Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - May 2016

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central - May 2016


With less than a month to go before the referendum, campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU is taking up more and more of my time. I've also been speaking up for the BBC and higher education in the Commons, fighting to save Sheffield BIS jobs, pressing for electoral reform, opposing tram-train delays, backing apprenticeships for young women, standing up for pubs - and getting an apology from The Sun!

You can read more about what I've been up to this month below. Please do let me know what you think.

Campaigning for Britain to Remain in the EU!


We launched Labour’s local campaign for Britain to remain in the EU, with our MPs and Councillors coming together to say that Britain is better off in Europe. Since then, I’ve been knocking on doors, speaking in meetings and I appeared on the Sunday Politics to make the case - see here

Ed Miliband in Sheffield on climate change


I brought Ed Miliband, the country’s first Climate Change Secretary, to Sheffield to talk about climate change and why it’s vital to stay in the EU to tackle it. At a packed meeting we also raised £400 for Sheffield Climate Alliance.

Defending the BBC and our universities

Last week was the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech, which set out the Government’s plans for this parliamentary session. In my response I criticised proposals for the BBC and higher education. 

Saving BIS jobs in Sheffield


I secured cross-party support for a debate in which the Commons agreed to call in the National Audit Office (NAO) to look into the decision to close the Sheffield BIS Office. I’ve also met with Permanent Secretary of BIS to press the case. A final decision is expected tomorrow. Read more.

Arguing for Electoral Reform


I’m a longstanding supporter of proportional representation and, with other Labour MPs, signed an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn urging him to back electoral reform. Read more.

Supporting International Students


I launched an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students, which I’ve set up and will co-chair with Lord Bilimoria. Read more.

Immigration Bill


The Immigration Bill, which I scrutinised line-by-line at committee stage, has become law. We secured some concessions on detention and increased protection for children, but I’m still concerned about its provisions and co-signed a joint statement on detention – see here.

Community notices .....

Public meeting on future of the BBC and Channel 4 - at the Crucible at 4pm on Tuesday 14 June. Speakers include Lord David Puttnam and senior representatives of the BBC, Channel 4 and DCMS.

Carers’ Week - 6th to 12th June - Celebrate the contribution that 6.5 million carers across Britain make. The Sheffield group has a huge range of events - see here.

Improving Cancer Care in Sheffield Consultation - NHS Sheffield CCG and Sheffield City Council want to hear from people living with and beyond cancer, and their families. More info here. Consultation closes Tuesday 31 May 2016. 

Sheffield Together Women Project - Find out more about the programme of holistic and gender-specific support to vulnerable women across the city of Sheffield here.

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.





Get in touch



Visit Parliament on 11th July!


I’m running one of my regular trips to Parliament on 11th July. It includes a guided tour, watching the House of Commons in action and a Q&A with me. To find out more and how to book click here.

Tour Big Ben before it closes for renovation!

Essential works, which will take three years, are needed to conserve the Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell, also known as Big Ben. There are tours through to 16 December 2016. Contact if you are interested in going on a tour.

The Sun apologises


After my complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) The Sun agreed to publish an apology and correction for their inaccurate article describing Manor as ‘Britain’s worst estate’. Read more.

Orgreave Inquiry

I have signed a statement on Orgreave to be sent to the Home Secretary making the case for a public inquiry into the events at and surrounding Orgreave. 
(Image copyright 4 March 1989 "Orgreave coking works" by Chris Allen. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

 'Never never' tram-train scheme


I have condemned the latest postponement to the already much-delayed Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train scheme, which is becoming the 'never never' project. Read more.

Apprenticeships for young women


I have backed calls for apprenticeships to work better for young women, who too often miss out on the same opportunities as young men. Read more.

Standing up for pubs


Along with colleagues on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, I pressed the new Pubs Code Adjudicator on some of the issues of concern to local publicans seeking a fair deal from the big pub companies. Watch here.

Register to vote by 7 June!


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


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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