Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central
Keeping in touch - December 2018       

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Welcome to my December update, providing highlights from my work over the last month. Brexit has dominated my time, but I’ve taken up lots of other issues too - from air pollution to gambling addiction. A personal highlight was my visit to Wybourn Primary School.  As ever, I’d welcome your feedback.

Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to my Christmas Appeal for the children of Yemen. Together we’ve raised almost £3,000. If you’re able to, I hope you’ll help me hit my £5,000 target.

I hope you have a good break over Christmas and I wish you the very best for the New Year.


Theresa May opened the first day of the debate on her Brexit deal, which I wound up for Labour (read my speech here or watch it here). I made the case against a public petition opposing a second referendum, and wrote to Ministers about the rights of EU and British citizens in the event of no deal.

Wybourn School Council Elections

I joined teachers and pupils from Wybourn Primary School for their inaugural council elections. They had run brilliant elections, with pupils running on different policy platforms, producing manifestos and even holding hustings. Read more here.

Seeking action on air pollution

I called on the Government to provide funding to Sheffield Council to help it implement ambitious plans to reduce illegal levels of air pollution in our city, including hotspots in our constituency. Read more here.

Ending staff pay freeze

A campaign I co-ordinated with the PCS union and local MPs helped Sheffield security guards to successfully challenge the four year pay freeze imposed by the Home Office. It was covered in the Star.

Protecting local knife makers

I secured a meeting with Home Office Ministers on local knife manufacturers’ concerns about the Offensive Weapons Bill. Instead of banning knife delivery to homes, we want a ‘trusted traders’ scheme’ to make sure knives don’t get into the wrong hands. Read my speech here and see more in the Sheffield Star

Ending Indefinite Detention

I co-sponsored a Ten Minute Rule Bill to bring an end to indefinite immigration detention. The UK is the only country in Europe that has no limit on the time someone can be detained. Read more about my work on immigration detention here.


After the launch of ‘Gambling with Lives’ last month, I met the new Gambling Minister with my constituents, Liz and Charles Ritchie, who lost their son to gambling addiction last year. I’m backing their campaign for action to deal with this health crisis affecting so many young men.

International Day of Disabled People

I was pleased to join our Shadow Disability Minister, Marsha De Cordova, and colleagues to mark the UN International Day of Disabled People on Monday 3rd December.

Help the children of Yemen

This Christmas I’ve linked with Save the Children, to support the children of Yemen who face a humanitarian disaster. If you can help, please donate here.

Visit Parliament

I will be holding my annual visit to Parliament on Monday 1st April 2019. You can find out more information and sign up here.
Nursing students

I spoke in a debate calling for more funding for nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare students. Read more here.

I challenged the Government on yet another delay to the Immigration White Paper in an article in the New Statesman and at Brexit Oral Questions.

Children in Care

I met with two impressive young women from the Sheffield Children in Care Council, after they had picked up awards, and gave them a tour of Parliament.
Supporting carers

I called on Government to support local councils in identifying ‘invisible’ carers, an issue raised with me in the Big Conversation by Sheffield Carers Centre. 
Assisted dying

As a supporter of Dignity in Dying, I went along to an event on the introduction of legislation in Canada. Read more about why I support assisted dying here.
Pulmonary hypertension

I joined doctors from the Hallamshire Hospital to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension in Westminster. Read more here.
Electoral Reform

I joined the Make Votes Matter lobby in Parliament, which I support as the Chair of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

Community notices

Save the Children Yemen Crisis Appeal Event - Poetry and Music evening at Walkely Cottage, 46 Bole Hill Rd, S6 5DD. Sunday 6th January 2019, 19.45-21.45.

Sheffield City Council Budget Consultation – Have your say on the Council’s budget here. Deadline Friday 11th January 2019.

Alzheimer’s UK - Personal advice and practical support for anyone living with dementia, carers or families affected. Available Monday – Friday from 9.00 – 16.30. Contact 0114 276 8414 or at

S1 Artspace - Performance: Moodboard on Friday 19th January, 19.00 1 Norwich Street, Park Hill, S2 5PN. Details here.

MaTRec Helping in Schools 14 week course – Starts Wednesday 16th January 9.30-14.30. Contact 0114 2642194 or email
Keeping in touch

My office is open until Friday 21st December, and reopens on Thursday 3rd January. Of you have any questions or need any help please ring 0114 272 2882 or email me.
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