Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - November 2017

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

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Welcome to my November update. As a Shadow Brexit Minister, my last month has been dominated by the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and related issues, but I’ve been pressing other concerns too - and visited the West Bank. Read more below and, as always, do keep in touch. 


 

Challenging the Tories on Brexit

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I led for Labour’s front bench as the EU (Withdrawal) Bill started several weeks of debate in the Commons, pressing for effective transitional arrangements and protection of rights – see here. I also spoke on our successful move to force the Government to release sectoral impact assessments – see here

 

Tackling child obesity

I spoke at the AGM of Shine, a great Manor-based charity that works with young people with severe obesity, launching a national petition for funding for the specialist services these young people need. Please sign it here


Backing electoral reform

I spoke in favour of Proportional Representation in a debate in Westminster secured by a public petition, in which our constituency had the 4th highest number of signatories. Watch my speech here.


Shadow Education visit

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I hosted a visit to Sheffield Hallam University by Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner, during which we met students and the Vice-Chancellor – and caught up with their new South Yorkshire Futures initiative.


Nuclear safeguards

I have been serving on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill Committee, debating the first piece of specific Brexit-related legislation. I’ve pressed for the UK to remain in Euratom, rather than set up separate arrangements. Read more.


Visiting the West Bank

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During the recent half-term Parliamentary break, I visited Palestine with a group from Sheffield. Staying in Ramallah, we travelled widely throughout the West Bank, visiting refugee camps, illegal settlements, Palestinian villages and a Bedouin community facing demolition of their school. Read more.


 

Universal Credit 

I pressed the Work and Pension Secretary on the issue of Universal Credit and the damaging repayment rates on loans given prior to receipt of payments – and have followed up in writing. Read more here.   


International Students

I was pleased to host the All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Students celebration of International Students Day, as my campaign to see students taken out of net migration figures is making some progress. 


Access to Higher Education

On Monday 20th November, I hosted and spoke at an event organised by the Russell Group of universities on improving access to higher education. 


 

 

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Christmas Appeal

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I’m raising money for two brilliant local homelessness charities, the Cathedral Archer Project and Roundabout. Please donate here.  


 

Hearing about ME

I joined a meeting of Sheffield ME and Fibromyalgia Group to hear about their experiences of living with the condition and of their contact with the NHS.


 

Ending Immigration Detention

I chaired a meeting of campaigners and former detainees organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees to build support to end indefinite detention. Read more about my work on the issue here


 

Votes at 16

I was in Parliament to support my colleague Jim McMahon’s Private Member’s Bill to give the vote to 16 and 17-year olds, and was disappointed when the Tories used procedural moves to block it. Read more here


School visits

I enjoyed a visit to Freeman College, where I had a lively Q&A session with students as part of National Parliament Week.


Community notices

‘Safer Streets Sheffield, Know the Line’- Friday 24th November, 14.00 at the Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James' Street, S1 2EW. Launch of campaign on sexual harassment by Safer Streets Sheffield. More info and tickets here.

Village Aid Fundraiser – Tuesday 28th November, 17.00-20.00 at University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, S3 7HG. Launch of an appeal to build a water catchment site for a remote community in Cameroon. Free and open to all. Register here.

Free Radicals gig for Chillypep – Saturday 2nd December, 19.00-late at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd, S10 1TD. A gig in aid of Chillypep, a great local youth empowerment project. Tickets on door: £8/£5 concessions (students/unwaged)

Roundabout Fundraiser – Saturday 2nd December 11.00-12.00 at Abbeydale/Chippinghouse Rd, near Amici and Bici. Stall raising funds for Sheffield’s youth homeless charity - or donate by texting ‘RDBT17 £X’ with donation to 70070.

Sheffield Futures, Santa Stroll – Sunday 10th December, 11.00-12.30 at Norfolk Arms pub on Ringinglow Rd. Suggested £10 donation, with money going to providing young people with a Christmas wish list. More info here.

Roundabout, Quizmas – Wednesday 6th December, 19.00 for a 20.00 start at The Walkley, Lark Street, S6 5BH . A fun Christmas quiz hosted by Pulp’s Nick Banks, in support of Roundabout. Tickets at £8.50 are available here - includes a pie and pea supper, Lucky Dip and prize draw

Christmas parking and public transport – There will be free parking on Sundays in all city-centre Council car parks running up to Christmas, a “plus one” public transport offer on Thursday evenings and all day Sundays, and a bus service on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Read more.


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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