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Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central
Keeping in touch
 July 2019        

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Welcome to the summary of my activities of the last month. It obviously hits your inbox as Boris Johnson takes over as Prime Minister, cheered on by Conservative hardliners and Donald Trump, but facing resignations and deep concern from others. Parliament breaks on Thursday for the August recess, but do keep in touch on these and other issues.

Brexit 


I welcomed the Shadow Cabinet's confirmation of Labour's backing for a public vote and campaigning to remain, voted against proroguing Parliament to secure a ‘no deal’ Brexit, questioned Ministers on its security impact, and spoke at a Sheffield in Europe public meeting.

Regional Funding for S. Yorks


I led a Parliamentary debate calling on the Government to match funding that ‘Least Developed Regions’, including ours, would receive from the EU, which was supported across parties and from each affected region.

Climate Emergency


I discussed concerns of constituents at the ‘Time is Now’ lobby (more here), challenged the Govt on onshore wind, support for most affected countries and cross-Govt co-ordination – and joined the launch of Labour’s Green New Deal.

Special Needs


After meeting with Sheffield Parent Carer Forum, I raised their concern for proper funding for SEND children directly with the Education Secretary.

Challenging the Home Office


I met the Immigration Minister on deportations to Zimbabwe, called for an inquiry into the privatisation of the visa system, challenged the Home Office for failing to answer questions, and highlighted their conflict of interest on modern slavery.

Mental Health


Today I pressed Ministers to ensure that people recovering from mental health problems are supported by the benefits system as they move into work and don’t face financial loss.

FE/HE Funding


I chaired an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students event bringing student reps from around the country to discuss the Post-18 Funding Review with Philip Augar who led it. More here.

International Students


I launched Universities UK’s International Graduate Outcomes survey alongside Universities Minister Chris Skidmore, chaired an International Students APPG roundtable with the CBI, and spoke to a conference of educational attachés from UK embassies.

Palestine


I welcomed a visiting dance group from the West Bank city of Nablus (pictured), as part of attempts to develop links between our cities, and met with Yachad to discuss their work for a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Helping Constituents


Constituents have contacted me this month about burst water pipes, waiting times for PIP appeals, Council Tax arrears and tram track replacement works, among other issues. Contact my office if you think I may be able to help.

Free Nazanin




I joined Richard Ratcliffe during his hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy to seek the release of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and signed a cross-party letter urging action.

Assisted Dying


I spoke in a debate on assisted dying, sharing the experience of my father’s death and arguing for a change in the law. More here.

Gambling Addiction

After the inquest into a constituent’s gambling-related death opened, I called on the Government for tough action to tackle dangerous gambling. More here.

Clean Air action


I met with Carterknowle Primary School Council to discuss their concerns on air pollution and climate change. Find out about Sheffield’s proposed Clean Air Zone and contribute to the Council’s consultation here.

Big Conversation


The plans are now in place for this year’s three-week community consultation (see the list of events here). I hope that you’ll join in and help set my priorities for the year ahead.

Broadband services


I met with national representatives of BT Openreach to press constituents' concerns about areas in Walkley and the city centre without effective broadband services.

Flood Risk Bill


I co-sponsored Holly Lynch MP’s Ten-Minute Rule Bill to give the Environment Agency powers to require water companies to manage reservoirs to mitigate flood risk. More here.

Mail Bag


As well as Brexit, this month the top topics for emails from constituents have been abortion in Northern Ireland, arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and onshore wind.

ESOL Funding


Speaking in a debate, I raised the threat to courses as the funding from the EU social fund is lost.

Make Votes Matter


I joined a cross-party campaign day organised by Make Votes Matter to promote the case for proportional representation in our elections.

Plastic Waste

In a debate on unsustainable packaging, I celebrated Sheffield students' Zero Waste Shop and highlighted the Grantham Centre's work on single use plastic. More here.

Community notices


Summer Family Events at ShipShape in August – more information here.
Fun Day on Sat 27th July, 12-4 at Manor Fields Park, organised by Manor and Castle Development Trust. Info here.
Sheffield Jobs Fair – Weds 31st July at Bramall Lane, 10-2. Free to attend with around 20 local companies attending. 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.
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