Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

My week

After months of the Government avoiding key votes on Brexit, we’re now expecting the EU Withdrawal Bill to return to the House of Commons next week, when we’ll be voting on the fifteen issues put forward from the House of Lords. So, for much of this week I’ll be preparing for the debates to come in which I’ll be leading for Labour’s frontbench in my role as a Shadow Brexit Minister.

The EU Withdrawal Bill, Home Office Questions, electoral reform, student mental health, immigration detention and honouring Harry Harpham – some of my week ahead

After months of the Government avoiding key votes on Brexit, we’re now expecting the EU Withdrawal Bill to return to the House of Commons next week, when we’ll be voting... Read more

When in February I won the weekly draw to ask a Prime Minister’s Question, I used it to tell Theresa May about young carers and ask if she would meet a group from Sheffield. This week I’m delighted to finally be bringing them to meet her and share their ideas about how the Government can support them. I met them last week to prepare for the meeting and they’ve got some great proposals.

Taking young carers to meet the Prime Minister, international study, post-Brexit security and care workers’ pay – some of my week ahead

When in February I won the weekly draw to ask a Prime Minister’s Question, I used it to tell Theresa May about young carers and ask if she would meet... Read more

Syria will dominate Parliament’s first day back after the Easter recess and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for the Prime Minister’s Statement on the weekend’s bombing in response to the suspected chemical attack in Douma a week ago – backing the argument that Parliament should have been given a vote. Before that I'm opening a conference in Sheffield organised by Hallam Union entitled "A City United by Difference" encouraging students to discuss their role as citizens in building a cohesive community.

Syria, community cohesion, international students, Equitable Life, democracy and City of Sanctuary – some of my week ahead

Syria will dominate Parliament’s first day back after the Easter recess and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for the Prime Minister’s Statement on the weekend’s bombing in response to... Read more

I’ve been drawn for a question to the Work and Pensions Secretary this afternoon, and I’ll be pressing her on the impact of changes to eligibility for Free School Meals, which Labour has opposed, and which will affect 7,000 Sheffield children.

Free School Meals, Brexit, student mental health and human rights – some of my week ahead

I’ve been drawn for a question to the Work and Pensions Secretary this afternoon, and I’ll be pressing her on the impact of changes to eligibility for Free School Meals,... Read more

This is a big week for Brexit, with the EU Council meeting on Thursday and Friday, but I’m not expecting it to dominate Westminster. However I’ll still have my weekly meeting of our Shadow Brexit team, a series of meetings about future trade arrangements and I’ll be talking with leaders of the Core Cities following their recent visit to Brussels.

Core cities, MND and PIP, electoral reform, Healthwatch and the Lord Lieutenant – some of my week ahead

This is a big week for Brexit, with the EU Council meeting on Thursday and Friday, but I’m not expecting it to dominate Westminster. However I’ll still have my weekly... Read more

Last week I was in Brussels for meetings in my role as a Shadow Minister and it looks like Brexit will dominate this week too – if not in the way we expected. The Customs and Trade Bills, which prepare for Brexit, should have returned to the Commons by now, but the Government are so afraid of defeat that they’ve postponed them indefinitely. Instead we have a two day general debate on Brexit, without votes, in which I’ll be speaking for Labour’s front bench, as well as Brexit Oral Questions on Thursday morning.

Brexit, STEM, free school meals, family reunion and unpaid work trials – some of my week ahead

Last week I was in Brussels for meetings in my role as a Shadow Minister and it looks like Brexit will dominate this week too – if not in the... Read more

This week is a bit different, as I’m in Brussels for a series of meetings in my role as a Shadow Brexit Minister. I’ll be talking with European Commission officials, members of the UK Representation to the EU, and MEPs from many parties and countries – following on from Jeremy Corbyn’s major speech on Labour policy and the Prime Minister’s own speech on her negotiating approach (on which you can see my comments here).

Brussels, International Women’s Day and the State of Sheffield – some of my week ahead

This week is a bit different, as I’m in Brussels for a series of meetings in my role as a Shadow Brexit Minister. I’ll be talking with European Commission officials,... Read more

As my colleague Keir Starmer set out yesterday, this morning Jeremy Corbyn will be making a major speech on Labour’s developing policy on Brexit, particularly in relation to the Customs Union, and I’ll be in the Commons later when I’m sure it will be discussed as part of a debate on the work of the Department for Exiting the EU.

Brexit, debt, Yemen, devolution and Prime Minister’s Questions – some of my week ahead

As my colleague Keir Starmer set out yesterday, this morning Jeremy Corbyn will be making a major speech on Labour’s developing policy on Brexit, particularly in relation to the Customs... Read more

Parliament will return tomorrow after a short half-term break. Brexit will again have a central role for me this week – I’ll be speaking for Labour’s frontbench in a debate initiated by Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach on alternatives to a ‘no deal’ outcome, I’ll be reading the Brexit economic impact analyses that Labour forced the Government to publish, and I’ve got a meeting of our Shadow Brexit team.

Brexit, basketball, disability, women’s suffrage and the Chinese New Year – some of my week ahead

Parliament will return tomorrow after a short half-term break. Brexit will again have a central role for me this week – I’ll be speaking for Labour’s frontbench in a debate... Read more

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It’s always a bit risky to predict what a week in politics holds. I thought last week would be a bit lighter on Brexit until I got to Westminster. Then I found myself leading for our front bench (see my speech here) last Monday in response to an Urgent Question from Bill Cash as the Tories continue to rip themselves apart on Brexit and risk the country’s future. Then on Wednesday, I wound up (see here) in the debate in which we forced Ministers to publish economic analyses of Brexit options.

Free school meals, Palestine and immigration detention – some of my week ahead

It’s always a bit risky to predict what a week in politics holds. I thought last week would be a bit lighter on Brexit until I got to Westminster. Then... Read more

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