Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central
Keeping in touch - January 2019       

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Welcome to my first update of the new year, which covers January so far and the last week of December before the Christmas recess. Brexit’s inevitably dominated, but I’ve been pressing other issues – from protecting local knife manufacturers to support for constituents with fibromyalgia. 

Best wishes for 2019 and, as ever, I’d welcome your feedback.


As a Shadow Brexit Minister I set out Labour's opposition to Theresa May’s Brexit deal in December (read here) and last week joined 431 other MPs to vote it down. I also spoke against a public petition for a ‘no deal’ Brexit (see here) and have set out my views in a regularly updated blog - found here.

Investing in our trains

I pressed Ministers for short-term and long-term investment in northern rail to improve links between Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester, highlighting recent service unreliability. See here.

Student Funding

I called for a fundamental review of student funding (see here) after the Government was told that student loans should be classified as public debt – something on which I had repeatedly warned Ministers.

Protecting Knife Makers

I took local knife manufacturers to meet Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins over plans to prevent the delivery of knives to residential properties and set out alternative proposals to stop knives getting into the wrong hands. Read more here.


When the Government introduced their Immigration White Paper I challenged the Home Secretary on the lack of proposals for how we improve treatment of refugees – see here.

Mental Health 

I met with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust to discuss concerns on mental health provision raised during the Big Conversation (see report).  

Deprivation of Liverty

I challenged Health Secretary Matt Hancock (see here) on the safeguards for people detained under the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, raising concerns from Sheffield Citizens Advice.

Small Business Payments

I backed an initiative to ensure small businesses don’t lose payments due when big companies like Carillion collapse, by creating ‘Project Bank Accounts’ – more information here.


After hearing the experience of a constituent, I raised the lack of understanding of fibromyalgia and particularly in PIP assessments – see here.

Other Issues

Apart from Brexit, the main issues in this month’s inbox have been Trophy Hunting, Universal Credit, NHS Waiting Times and the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill.

Yemen Appeal

Huge thanks to everyone who donated to my Christmas Appeal for Children of Yemen. Including gift aid, we raised over £6000. It isn’t too late to contribute (here)!

Off-Road Biking

I’ve been liaising with the police over concerns raised with me about illegal off-road motorbikes and quad bikes in Wybourn.
Dementia Strategy

I met with Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss their proposed Dementia Strategy. It’s now out for public consultation – share your views here.
Young Carers

I’m Patron of Sheffield Young Carers and backing their petition for free travel for these extraordinary young people – sign it here.

Payday Loans

I met with a visiting group of Dutch MPs to discuss the work I’ve done with other MPs on household debt and payday loans.
Memorial Day

I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering victims of the Nazi genocide.

Community notices

You Don't Know Jack/Gambling with Lives Fundraiser – a day of music and art to celebrate the life of Jack Ritchie and raise awareness for the dangers of gambling, with 'Fancy and Indian' food. 3-11pm, Sun 10th Feb, Yellow Arch Studios. More here.

'Rouse Ye Women' – a folk ballad about the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath who campaigned and won for a minimum wage. 
Lantern Theatre, Feb 26th-2nd March.

Pop in Police Stations  meet with your Neighbourhood Policing Team around Manor and Wybourn to discuss concerns or report crime. Details on Facebook page.

Forging Stronger Communities Conference  organised by the Reset Team. 28 Feb, 10am-2:30pm, Sheffield Weds Hillsborough Conference Centre. More here.

Art Therapy Group for people living with brain injury – free 10-week course starting Friday 8th March, 1:00pm-3:00pm at The Art House, 8 Backfields, S1 4HJ. Book at
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.
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