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

Welcome to my latest update for a month when I was drawn for my first PMQ since Theresa May took over, pressed Ministers on household debt, raised almost £1000 for local women’s charities, and held meetings in Brussels on Brexit. Read more below and, as ever, let me have your feedback.

Prime Minister to meet Sheffield Young Carers

Theresa May accepted my request to meet inspirational members of Sheffield Young Carers, and hear their proposals for better support, after I raised it at Prime Minister’s Questions. Read more.


As a Shadow Brexit Minister I visited Brussels for meetings with MEPs, the Commission and the UK Permanent Representatives – and spoke for Labour in a Commons debate (watch an extract here) and at Brexit Questions (watch here).

Funding women’s charities

Thanks to everyone who came to my International Women’s Day screening of Hidden Figures to raise money for local charities and to those who’ve donated online. Help us reach our £1000 target by donating here.

Supporting student voices

I represent more students than any other MP and pressed the Universities Minister about a damning report on the way people with “close links to student unions” were blocked from appointment to the Office for Students Board. Read more.

Seeking resolution on trees

Together with Louise Haigh MP, I met with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Council leaders to explore ways we can resolve the recent conflicts over the Council’s tree replacement programme. Read more.

Local policing

I met with Sheffield’s new Chief Superintendent to discuss local policing issues raised in my Big Conversation.

Aid for Yemen

During International Development Questions I pressed Ministers on taking action to help aid reach victims of the appalling crisis in Yemen. Watch here.

Backing UCU pensions action

I’ve been backing Sheffield University staff in their action to save their pension scheme, joining pickets and speaking at one of their events.

Household debt

During Treasury Questions I challenged Ministers on the way Government rules around repayment of advance loans for universal credit are pushing people into debt. Read my question here.

University Funding

I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate raising concerns about the Government’s approach on fees, teaching quality, nursing bursaries, international students and other issues. Read my speech here.

Free school meals

I backed moves to overturn Government plans that could see more than 7,000 children in Sheffield miss out on the free school meals they need.

Really NEET

I visited this great project working with young people not in employment, education or training to discuss how I could support them.

Visiting Parliament

I help lots of groups that want to visit Parliament and this week welcomed ones from both our universities. If you’d like to bring a group or visit with friends get in touch.

Women’s Suffrage

I asked Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Amber Rudd to support a Sheffield project to use the centenary to encourage opportunities for civic engagement by women who feel disengaged. See more.

Sheffield STEM success

I was delighted to see the work of research scientists, engineers and mathematicians from both our universities at STEM for Britain in Parliament.

Family reunion

I’ve consistently backed moves for more child refugees to be reunited with families in the UK and last week voted for the Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill.

Nablus Arts Festival

I spoke at an event at Hallam University to promote involvement in the Nablus Arts Festival (see more here) following my visit to the West Bank.

Office for Fair Access

I hosted and spoke at an event celebrating 14 years of OFFA’s work widening participation in universities and looking at challenges for the future.

Walking and cycling

I’ve backed policies that make it easier to walk and cycle. The Government is consulting on these issues. Find out more and get your views heard here.

Community notices

Festival of Debate – April – June 2018 – debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events, exploring politics, economics and society. More details here.

British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme –  a programme for aspiring leaders and policy makers aged 18 – 35. More details here.

Children’s NHS-funded short breaks services – Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting on proposed changes to these respite care services – and would welcome views, questions and concerns. More details here.

‘Robin Hood vs Fracking’ week of action –19-24 March – Fun-filled week of activities in opposition to fracking organised by Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Against Fracking and Frack Free South Yorkshire. Find out more here.

Trustees wanted – Sheffield University Students’ Union is currently recruiting 2 external trustees.  More details here.

‘Against the grain – an evening with Garth Hewitt’ – with songs old and new.  Saturday 12 May (7.30pm) at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Broomfield Rd, S10 2SE. Find out more 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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