Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

My week

Parliament is back today after the Easter recess, but I won’t be there for the first couple of days. Yesterday morning I flew to Rome, and tomorrow I’m in Milan, with colleagues on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee as part of our inquiry into improving UK exports. We’ll be looking at what we can learn from the Italian Government’s successful initiatives on the issue, meeting with our export agency UKTI and talking to UK businesses.

Improving UK exports, tackling sexual harassment and pushing for electoral reform – some of my week ahead

Parliament is back today after the Easter recess, but I won’t be there for the first couple of days. Yesterday morning I flew to Rome, and tomorrow I’m in Milan,... Read more

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George Osborne’s Budget is spectacularly unravelling, in a way which makes his ‘omnishambles’ of 2012 look like a minor hiccough. Today I’ll speak out on the Budget in the Commons, arguing that it’s a reflection of the failure and unfairness which characterises this Government. By cutting disability benefit to give tax breaks for the wealthier, the Conservatives are yet again making the wrong political choices.

Disability benefits, National Minimum Wage enforcement and HS2 – some of my week ahead

George Osborne’s Budget is spectacularly unravelling, in a way which makes his ‘omnishambles’ of 2012 look like a minor hiccough. Today I’ll speak out on the Budget in the Commons,... Read more

George Osborne will unveil his 2016 Budget on Wednesday. As his previous growth forecasts unravel, he’s threatened further cuts. As ever, the devil will be in the details and I’ll be in the Commons to listen to the Chancellor’s statement. In the following days I’ll respond directly and make the case for an economy that helps everyone to flourish, not just those at the top.

The Budget, fighting climate change and Labour’s Immigration Listening Tour – some of my week ahead

George Osborne will unveil his 2016 Budget on Wednesday. As his previous growth forecasts unravel, he’s threatened further cuts. As ever, the devil will be in the details and I’ll... Read more

Today starts with meetings on the Immigration Bill and the Labour In for Britain campaign, following which I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for Education Questions. After that I’m meeting with a University of Sheffield researcher, who’s exhibiting his work at the SET for Britain event to highlight cutting edge scientific research. Then I’m heading off to Kingsway College, where the Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, of which I’m a member, is taking evidence as part of our inquiry on careers advice, information and guidance.

Education Questions, the Digital Economy and International Women’s Day – some of my week ahead

Today starts with meetings on the Immigration Bill and the Labour In for Britain campaign, following which I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for Education Questions. After that I’m meeting... Read more


Monday 29th February 2016 –
The EU referendum on 23rd June will impact generations to come so it’s no surprise it’s dominated the news. Behind the Eton farce of David Cameron and Boris Johnson’s rivalry, there’s a lot at stake. Many of the rights that we take for granted flow from our EU membership. It’s no surprise that the likes of Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Farage and John Redwood want out. They crave a Britain free from EU protections for workers, consumers and the environment. You can read why I’m campaigning to stay in Europe here and the issue is an important part of my week ahead. I’ve meetings with the Party for European Socialists, which brings together Labour’s European sister parties; Labour In for Britain’s Yorkshire and Humber campaign; and a joint event with Labour’s MEPs and MPs.

Staying in Europe, social mobility and police funding – some of my week ahead

Monday 29th February 2016 – The EU referendum on 23rd June will impact generations to come so it’s no surprise it’s dominated the news. Behind the Eton farce of David... Read more

David Cameron’s announcement that there will be a referendum on our European Union membership has dominated the weekend news, and will be a big part of my week ahead. Today starts with a Labour In for Britain campaign meeting, and then I’ll be in the Commons chamber for David Cameron’s statement. The referendum will be a critical moment for the UK. The EU is vital for our economy – and has delivered important protections for workers, consumers and the environment. I’m deeply worried that we’re stumbling to exit, for all the wrong reasons, and will be campaigning to stay for the next 18 weeks. If you could lend a hand, drop me a note and I’ll get in touch.

The EU Referendum, BIS Office closure and student volunteering – some of my week ahead

David Cameron’s announcement that there will be a referendum on our European Union membership has dominated the weekend news, and will be a big part of my week ahead. Today... Read more

The death last Thursday of my friend and colleague Harry Harpham casts a shadow over my week in Parliament. I worked with Harry for many years - long before either of us were in Parliament. His strongly held values and personal integrity shone through in everything he did. Building on his huge experience serving Sheffield as a leading Councillor, in eight short months he had established himself as a great advocate for the city in Parliament. I’ll miss him enormously. 

Challenging the BIS Office closure, inquiring into careers guidance and speaking on the voluntary sector – some of my week ahead

The death last Thursday of my friend and colleague Harry Harpham casts a shadow over my week in Parliament. I worked with Harry for many years - long before either... Read more

Steel_debate.pngAfter two weeks with a relatively blank diary to accommodate jury service, things are back into full swing this week. I’m meeting with ActionAid to discuss their recommendations for reforms to the global tax system and proposals for a UK ‘Tax Dodging Bill’. Later on, I’m serving on a European Committee to consider a report of the High Representative on Foreign Affairs and Security. In the evening I’ll be at a GMB event for retiring General Secretary, Paul Kenny, and his successor, Tim Roache.

Exports, voter registration and tackling tax dodging – some of my week ahead

After two weeks with a relatively blank diary to accommodate jury service, things are back into full swing this week. I’m meeting with ActionAid to discuss their recommendations for reforms... Read more

I've been called for jury service for this week and next, which is obviously going to limit my Parliamentary work.

Jury service - my week ahead

I've been called for jury service for this week and next, which is obviously going to limit my Parliamentary work. Read more

Every week I put my name into the ballot for Prime Minister’s Questions – and for the first time since the May election, I’ve been drawn for this Wednesday. But there’s lots else happening this week. I’m a trustee of the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) and we’ve a meeting today, after which I’m heading to Parliament, to speak in a debate opposing Government plans to scrap bursaries and introduce fees for student nurses and midwives.

Questioning David Cameron, student nurses and midwives, further education and the Sheffield Plan – some of my week ahead

Every week I put my name into the ballot for Prime Minister’s Questions – and for the first time since the May election, I’ve been drawn for this Wednesday. But... Read more

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