Keeping in touch - October 2021

Paul Blomfield MP
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After a short recess for party conferences, Parliament returned last week in the shadow of the appalling murder of our colleague David Amess. All our thoughts remain with his family, and I'm grateful to the many people who have sent theirs to me.

A lot of my time has been taken up with the Nationality and Borders Bill, but I have also enjoyed seeing many of you at my Big Conversation events. As always, I'd welcome your feedback and do get in touch if you need any help.

Nationality and Borders Bill

As one of Labour's team on the Public Bill Committee for the Nationality and Borders Bill, much of my time over the last month has been challenging the proposals in detail. I've set out my views on the Bill previously here and my contributions to the committee here.
Refugees welcome

I joined Kate Osamor and Flo Esholami, with other MPs and Peers, at the 'Refugees Welcome' rally in Parliament Square last week and will be taking the powerful messages I heard to the Nationality and Borders Bill Committee.

Wearing masks in Parliament

I've been highlighting the way Conservative MPs have been undermining public health advice, and contributing to rising Covid-19 transmission, with their refusal to wear masks around Westminster. More here for example.

Drink spiking

One of the issues raised by school students in my Big Conversation has been their worry of drink spiking and I'm in discussion with our Police and Crime Commissioner on possible action. Do get in touch if you've experienced the problem or have thoughts on the issue. 

Climate Emergency

As we head towards COP26, I joined colleagues on the All-Party Environment Group in making a plea for world leaders to agree the commitments and action we need to tackle the climate crisis. More here.

Funding dentistry

I joined with MPs from across parties in writing to the Chancellor to back the appeal from Healthwatch England and the British Dental Association for funding to tackle the 30 million NHS dental appointments lost due to the pandemic.

Battery technology

I visited a local company pioneering the development of a safer, cleaner, cheaper alternative to lithium-ion batteries - as the world becomes increasingly dependent on battery technology in meeting climate targets.

Building safety

It was good to meet again with Sheffield Central leaseholders caught up in the cladding and building safety scandal, in a meeting I organised with Sheffield Cladding Action Group.

Big Conversation

My annual community consultation continues online after several really helpful 'in person' meetings including with local school students. Find out more about future meetings and complete my survey here.

Fire and Rehire

I was in Parliament last Friday to support my colleague Barry Gardiner's Private Members Bill on banning 'fire and rehire' tactics by employers seeking to reduce working conditions, which was blocked by the Government.

Dignity in Dying

I contributed to a new report, which I circulated to all MPs and Peers, which was published alongside the House of Lords consideration of the Assisted Dying Bill last week. Read more here.

Knife crime

I've been working with the Medina Masjid on the installation of a knife bin on Wolseley Road and joined members of its committee, community representatives and Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings to launch it.

Community notices

Sheffield March for Climate Justice: Join the Sheffield March for Climate Justice on 6th Nov to mark Global Day for Climate Justice. Find out more here.

Local Area Committee Survey: Shape what happens in your area by taking part in this survey by the 31st October.

Support for victims of domestic abuse: 08088082241 is the Sheffield helpline (open Mondays to Fridays 8am-7pm & Saturdays 9am-5pm) and 08082000247 offers support nationally 24/7.

Nether Edge and Sharrow Foodbank: Supporting vulnerable people in the area, this recently established project is fundraising to continue their work providing food packs. Please donate here.

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