Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central
Keeping in touch – April 2018

Welcome to my April update – including work on free school meals, problem debt, rail electrification, Brexit, homelessness and more. As ever, I’d welcome your feedback.

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Launching ‘The Sanctuary’

I was delighted to open City of Sanctuary Sheffield’s new centre providing advice and support to refugees. Read more here and join me in backing them for crucial funding from the People’s Choice – by voting here.

Free school meals

I challenged DWP Ministers on changes to free school meals which could see 7,000 Sheffield children miss out. Read more.

High cost credit

I pressed Treasury Ministers to extend the successful payday loans cap, which I helped secure, to doorstep lenders and ‘rent-to-own’ shops like Brighthouse to reduce problem debt. Read more.

Brexit – one year to go

With 12 months to go, I’ve spoken at several events as a Shadow Brexit Minister, on stopping an extreme and damaging Brexit, including a TUC conference on ‘Brexit and Yorkshire: A year to go?’ Read more.

‘Windrush’ injustice

I co-signed a letter, co-ordinated by my colleague David Lammy MP, which secured a Government climb-down on the rights of British residents who arrived from Commonwealth countries before 1973. Read more.

Sheffield in Parliament

I welcomed 50 local people to Westminster on one of my regular group trips. If you’re interested in joining a future trip, or want to visit on your own, drop me an email.

Rail electrification

I joined with Clive Betts MP to challenge the Transport Secretary on his decision to scrap electrification of the Midland Mainline, following a damning report from the National Audit Office. Read here.

Rough sleeping

I joined PCSO Steve Hart, who does a great job supporting rough sleepers, on his 6am tour of city centre doorways, met with Cllr Jayne Dunn, who leads for the Council on the issue, and spoke in a Commons debate on how we can help more people off the streets.

Childhood Obesity

I met with the Director of Public Health to discuss the growing challenge of childhood obesity, as part of my work with Shine Academy, a great local charity tackling the issue in Manor.

Esteli Parade

I helped with the naming of a riverside walk to mark 30 years of friendship with our Nicaraguan twin town of Esteli and have written to the Ambassador about recent protests there. Find more about supporting twinning activities here


I’ve been working with MaTReC to back their Manor-based work re-engaging adults furthest away from the job market by identifying and removing barriers and teaching functional basic skills.

HMS Sheffield

I’m backing the campaign for a new HMS Sheffield and pressed the issue with the Defence Secretary in the House of Commons. Read more.

Hallam SU

I was pleased to open a conference on ‘A City United by Difference’ organised by Hallam Students’ Union, where I spoke on student engagement and community cohesion.


I spoke at the British Conference on Undergraduate Research, as well as an event on building the UK’s positon as a top destination for international students.

Make Votes Matter

I represented the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform, which I chair, at a cross-party meeting for proportional representation by Make Votes Matter.

Community notices

Job opportunity – Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Sheffield – Are you passionate about tackling poverty and inequality? Do you have the ability to lead Citizens Advice Sheffield – the top provider of advice and advocacy services in the city and one of the largest in the country. For more information email Jayne Hobson or click here.

Sheffield Esteli Bike Ride – Sunday May 20th. Marshalled bike ride suitable for all ages and abilities. 10 miles, 20 mile or 50 miles. Register here or here.

Healthwatch Sheffield – Help set priorities for Healthwatch Sheffield, which seeks to influence and improve how local health and care services are designed and run, by filling in their survey here.

Small Park Big Runs for Palestine – Meersbrook Park – Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 June – Raising funds for Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund and a new PSC Children’s Project – the Never Stop Dreaming Healing Project in Khuza’a in Gaza. More information 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,




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