Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Keeping in touch - October 2017

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

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Welcome to my October newsletter. My last month’s been split between my Big Conversation and work in Parliament.  If you haven’t had the chance to fill in my survey, please do it online here. From speaking on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill to welcoming the Chinese Ambassador to Sheffield, it’s been a varied few weeks. Read more below and, as ever, do keep in touch.


 

The Big Conversation

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I was delighted to meet more than 1000 people across 40 events during the Big Conversation – thanks to everyone who got involved. I’m compiling a report about the issues raised and the action I’ll be taking, which I’ll publish next month. But there’s still time to fill in my survey online if you haven’t already – it will only take a couple of minutes.  

 

Brexit and Nuclear Safeguards

We expected the EU Withdrawal Bill (once known as the ‘Great Repeal Bill’) to be discussed in Committee Stage when Parliament returned, but Government divisions over Brexit have created paralysis, so they haven’t tabled it yet. Instead, they brought forward the Brexit-related Nuclear Safeguards Bill on which I spoke for our front bench – you can read my speech here and an article I wrote with Keir Starmer about the issue here


Universal Credit

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I joined other MPs in writing to the Work and Pensions Secretary calling for a delay to the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) until the problems that are causing hardship and debt are fixed. Labour’s motion on the issue was agreed when, facing defeat, Government MPs abstained. Read more here.


Protecting the River Don

I met with World Wildlife Fund campaigners to discuss the pollution challenges facing the River Don and other UK rivers – and the risks to environmental protection posed by Brexit. Read more here.


World Week

As a long-time advocate for international students, I was delighted to join Sheffield University’s World Week Parade celebrating the contribution of international students to Sheffield and the UK.


Confucius Institute

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I welcomed the Chinese Ambassador to Sheffield and spoke with him at a celebration of the ten year anniversary of the world-leading Sheffield Confucius Institute, which is a focal point for China-related activities in Sheffield and the broader region. 


 

Stay Well this Winter 

I’m backing the NHS campaign for more people to get vaccinated against flu. If you’re in one of the groups who are particularly susceptible – such as pensioners, pregnant women or the parent of a young child - talk to your GP or pharmacist. To find out if you’re eligible for a free jab click here.  


Roundabout 40th Birthday

I was pleased to join the 40th Birthday celebrations of local youth homeless charity Roundabout, who do a great job for some very vulnerable young people.


 

 

Get in touch

 

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Fill in my survey

Let me know your views and priorities by filling out my Big Conversation survey

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Protecting research funding

I called on the Government to take action on university research funding, after their failure to reach agreement had led the EU Commission to say it couldn’t guarantee UK participation in Horizon 2020 post-March 2019.  See here


 

Challenging fracking

I made Labour’s case against fracking and for investment in renewable energy at a rally organised by Sheffield Friends of the Earth


 

Rail improvements

I again pressed the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on the case for electrification of the Midland Mainline. I also met with Northern Rail to discuss their modernisation plans.


WASPI

I gave my support to activists from the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign when they came to meet MPs in Westminster.


St Wilfrid's Place

I joined the opening of St Wilfrid’s Place, for which I’ve helped to raise funds. It’s a great new initiative by St Wilfrid's Centre, providing supported housing for adults with a history of homelessness.


Community notices

Helping rough sleepers - Rough-sleeping and homelessness was frequently raised during the Big Conversation, with lots of people asking “how can I help? I recommended people look at the Help us Help website. If you haven’t seen it already please do and share it with your friends.

Young Carers Interactive Showcase and 20th Anniversary AGM - Thursday 2 November, from 1-3pm at Sheffield College (City Campus). Celebrate the lives of young carers in Sheffield and find out about the work of Sheffield Young Carers. Places are limited so please RSVP to Denise Anderson (denise@sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk) or call 0114 258 4595. 

Peace and Craft Fair - on Saturday 4th November, 11am-4.30pm at Sheffield Town Hall. (Entry £1 adults, children free) As usual, there will be a mix of campaign, charity and craft stalls, with live music and singing.

South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (SARAG) event with Unite the Union Brass Band - Sunday 19th November 2017, 7.30pm at Niagara Centre Sheffield. Charity concert in aid of SARAG Tickets: £6.00 if booked in advance. Ring 01709 360 672 to book.

Women in Engineering, Science and Technology ‘Hidden Figures’ film night -Thursday 23 November 2017, 5pm (refreshments) and 6pm (bursary awards and film) at Sheffield Hallam University, Stoddart Building, Arundel Gate. Free, open to all. Donations to WEST’s bursary fund welcome! Book tickets 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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