Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

My week

Monday 4th January 2016 - Parliament’s back tomorrow and today I’m catching up with my Sheffield team - and the correspondence that’s come in over the Christmas break. I’ll also be working on my new website, which I’m launching next week to improve communications with constituents.

Questioning Jeremy Hunt, BIS Inquiries, and lots of meetings in Sheffield – my week ahead

Monday 4th January 2016 - Parliament’s back tomorrow and today I’m catching up with my Sheffield team - and the correspondence that’s come in over the Christmas break. I’ll also be... Read more

Monday 21st December 2015 – After a busy Parliamentary session, I’m looking forward to the festive break. But there are a few things happening first and my office will remain open until Christmas Eve.

Shadow Health Secretary visits Sheffield, casework… and Christmas! My week ahead

Monday 21st December 2015 – After a busy Parliamentary session, I’m looking forward to the festive break. But there are a few things happening first and my office will remain open until... Read more

Monday 14th December 2015 - It’s the last week before Parliament breaks up for the Christmas recess. On Monday, I’ve a meeting of the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee to discuss the report on our inquiry on the steel industry. Then I’m chairing an APPG on Students meeting about the provision of mental health support for 16-21 year olds moving to further and higher education. College and university is an exciting time in people’s lives, but it can also be very challenging, and we’ll be exploring how students can be effectively supported.

Student mental health, the Business Select Committee and electoral reform – some of my week ahead

Monday 14th December 2015 - It’s the last week before Parliament breaks up for the Christmas recess. On Monday, I’ve a meeting of the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee to... Read more

Monday 7th December 2015 – Before heading to Westminster today, I’ll be at the launch of Labour In for Britain’s Yorkshire and Humber Campaign, which will be making the Labour case to keep Britain in the European Union.  Membership of the EU received strong support in my recent Big Conversation, so if you’re interested in getting involved in campaigning for the EU referendum, likely held next year, email me at paul.blomfield.mp(at)parliament.uk.)

Keeping Britain in the EU, challenging lad culture and ‘Cut the Costs’ for students – some of my week ahead

Monday 7th December 2015 – Before heading to Westminster today, I’ll be at the launch of Labour In for Britain’s Yorkshire and Humber Campaign, which will be making the Labour case to keep Britain... Read more

Monday 23rd November – This week will be dominated by the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, and I’ll be in the Chamber to hear the Chancellor outline the results of his Comprehensive Spending Review – setting out public spending cuts through to 2020 - and other revisions of his economic plans. Huge cuts are expected to police, local Council and other spending. I’ll also be looking to see what he does in response to the defeat Labour inflicted on him in the Lords over proposed tax credit cuts. I’ve made my opposition to tax credit cuts clear and will be challenging him if his plans don’t protect low paid workers.

The Autumn Statement, the digital economy and the Climate Cake Off! – some of my week ahead

Monday 23rd November – This week will be dominated by the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, and I’ll be in the Chamber to hear the Chancellor outline the results of his Comprehensive Spending... Read more

Monday 16th November - I’m expecting a Government statement on the appalling attacks in Paris on Friday evening and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for it. We must stand in solidarity with the people of France, expressing our outrage at the atrocities and ensuring that those who committed these terrible crimes do not succeed in fomenting division and hatred.

Paris attack, university teaching quality, mental health and Carers Rights Day – some of my week ahead

Monday 16th November - I’m expecting a Government statement on the appalling attacks in Paris on Friday evening and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for it. We must stand in... Read more

Monday 9th November – Among today’s meetings is one that I’ve organised as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students, discussing how we ensure good community relations in areas with lots of students – like much of my constituency. I’ll be on the Immigration Bill Committee for most of Tuesday scrutinising the Government’s proposed legislation line-by-line. This week I’ll be raising the issue of immigration detention, pressing the arguments I made as Vice-Chair of an inquiry into the issue, which called for an end to indefinite immigration detention – a recommendation backed recently by the House of Commons.

Students, Immigration, the Trade Union Bill and Women’s Health – some of my week ahead

Monday 9th November – Among today’s meetings is one that I’ve organised as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students, discussing how we ensure good community relations in areas with lots of... Read more

Monday 2nd November - I’m setting off for Westminster a little later than usual on a sitting Parliament week, because I’m speaking at a conference on 'Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious or Exploitative Work' at the University of Sheffield’s Law School. As a Trustee of Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) and a member of the committee that is tasked with scrutinising the Immigration Bill (more on this below), it’s an issue high on my agenda.

Sheffield comes to Parliament, holding Iain Duncan Smith to account and the Immigration Bill – some of my week ahead

Monday 2nd November - I’m setting off for Westminster a little later than usual on a sitting Parliament week, because I’m speaking at a conference on 'Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants... Read more

Monday 26th October - The crisis in the steel industry has dominated the headlines over the last fortnight and this week we’ve got Ministers in front of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee, along with representatives of the industry and trade unions. I’ll be pushing for real action to protect the future of the industry and support steel communities. Then, on Wednesday, I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for a special debate on steel secured by Labour. We’ve also a special debate that I’ll be joining, backing junior doctors in their battle with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over changes to cut their working conditions. As you can see here, I have signed Early Day Motion 539, which supports junior doctors.

The steel crisis, the Immigration Bill, postgraduate study and Palestine – some of my week ahead

Monday 26th October - The crisis in the steel industry has dominated the headlines over the last fortnight and this week we’ve got Ministers in front of the Business Innovation and Skills... Read more

Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October – The main events of my Big Conversation are over for another year, but I’m keen to do more. Do get in touch if you’d like me to come and meet any groups you’re involved in, if you’d like to host a session with your neighbours, or if you’ve any other ideas.  I want to do everything I can to make sure Sheffield’s voice is heard by the Government.

Now Parliament’s in full swing, I’m already raising the issues from the Big Conversation, with tax credit cuts high on my agenda. As Jeremy Corbyn said in last week’s PMQs, these changes must be resisted - and Labour will be holding a parliamentary debate about the cuts on Tuesday.  I’m determined to tell Government Ministers how badly these cuts will hammer the 27,000 working families and 43,000 children in Sheffield who will be affected. You can read the Star’s report on me pressing the Government here

It was great to meet students at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield College and Hallam University over the last few months and I will continue to raise their concerns.  Last week I pressed Business Secretary Sajid Javid on student loans and this week I’m meeting the Director of the Office of Fair Access (OFFA), as well as attending a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Universities, of which I’m Secretary, to discuss why EU membership and reform matter to the higher education sector.

As Chair of the All-Party Group on Migration, I’ve been heavily involved in a number of issues on immigration and will be putting this experience to use in scrutinising the Immigration Bill, because I’m on the Committee that will examine the legislation line-by-line two days a week for the next four weeks. I have serious concerns about a number of aspects of this Bill, and particularly the way it will give too much power to gangmasters over exploited workers. You can see me challenging the Home Secretary on this issue last week here.

This week I’ve also got meetings with the University and College UnionCare England and the TUC. Then on Friday I’ll be at the University of Sheffield’s Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)  to take part in a debate on ‘The British Growth Model: Building a Sustainable Future’. I’ll also be meeting the organiser of the S2 Food Bank, the Managing Director of Forest Fuel, and local Councillors – as well as holding one of my regular surgeries for constituents to chat to me about concerns. (If you are interested in coming to a future surgery then please give my office a call on 0114 272 2882) Then on Saturday I’m speaking on tackling inequality at a conference organised by the Co-op Party and Compass on the theme of ‘Radical Hope’ (book places here), before going on to Bramall Lane for the match with Millwall.

Tax credits, universities, and tackling modern slavery – my week ahead

Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October – The main events of my Big Conversation are over for another year, but I’m keen to do more. Do get in touch if you’d like me to...

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