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

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Welcome to my latest update. Brexit has dominated my month again – but, among other issues, it was a privilege to speak up for young carers. More below, together with details of my International Women’s Day fundraiser and constituency trip to Westminster – hoping you’ll join me.


Among other work as Shadow Brexit Minister, I spoke in a Parliamentary debate on the extension of Article 50 (see here). You can read my latest Brexit update on our call for a public vote if we cannot secure a better deal here.


I challenged the Home Secretary on a mass deportation to Jamaica, asking him to personally review everyone on the flight. I am also opposing the removal of local Zimbabwean asylum seekers, in the light of increasing repression there – read more here.

Young Carers

I led a Westminster Hall debate seeking better support for Young Carers in which 20 MPs spoke. I pressed the Government to ensure schools and GPs identify and support young carers, among other actions.

Replace lost EU cash

I wrote to the Government demanding they match the £605m EU funding for economic regeneration which South Yorkshire was set to receive in 2021-27 as one of Europe’s poorest regions.

Immigration Bill Committee

I’m serving on the Immigration Bill Committee, which is preparing post-Brexit rules. We’re pushing for better protection of EU citizens’ rights and wider changes in the system.

Local Buses

I met with First South Yorkshire to discuss services and pricing issues which were raised in the Big Conversation, and have a meeting with Stagecoach planned next month. You can give them your feedback here.

University Funding

In a debate on University Financial Sustainability, I pressed the Universities Minister to adopt the APPG on International Students’ recommendation for an ambitious target to increase recruitment.

Unpaid Work Trials

I backed a debate challenging exploitative work trials, sharing a constituent’s experience of seven days’ unpaid training, for which she would be required to pay if leaving work within a year.

Benefits Assessment Interviews

During a debate on mental health and the benefits assessment process, I called for the Minister to make assessment interviews recordable to help avoid basic errors that applicants have to appeal.

Backing BAME Entrepreneurs

I launched the South Yorkshire African Caribbean Business and Enterprise Training Centre’s ‘110 Outlet’ project, which is supporting BAME entrepreneurs to get a start in business.

International Women’s Day Fundraiser

I'm screening Desert Flower (trailer here) on Friday 8th March to celebrate IWD and raise funds for Ashiana and Women for Refugee Women. More here or donate here.
Mi Amigo Flypast

I joined over 10,000 people in Endcliffe Park for the moving Mi Amigo 75th anniversary flypast, meeting serving US Air Force pilots as we paid tribute to the ten who died in 1944.
Best Bar None Awards

I was pleased to join Sheffield's team as they won ‘Most Innovative Scheme’ at the awards for the Best Bar None responsible drinking initiative.

Join me in Parliament

My annual constituency visit is on Monday 1st April, including a guided tour of Parliament and the Commons & Lords Chambers), watching a debate, and a Q&A with me. Info here.

Synagogue Visit

I joined the Orthodox Jewish community for their Hospital Sunday service, celebrating their fundraising for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care.

FE Funding

I backed a cross-party initiative calling on the Government to properly fund further education.

Sheffield Futures

I visited Sheffield Futures to tour their new health zone and catch up on their works with young people.

PCSO Review

I met with South Yorkshire Police on their review of community policing and the role of Police Community Support Officers.
Climate Change

I joined school students outside the Town Hall a couple of Fridays ago and backed their inspiring protest calling for action to tackle climate change in a BBC interview.

Community notices

Women in Construction, Arts & Technology have some upcoming weekend classes on plastering, painting and decorating and more. More here.
The Free Radicals, a funk & soul 12-piece, have a benefit gig for VIDA, a charity working to end domestic abuse, on Friday 1st March at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd. More here.

The Manor Training & Resource Centre (MaTReC) are running an IT for Beginners course, starting at 12:15 on Friday 8th March. Free for benefits recipients and low earners. More here.
Basic Income in the North’ – presentations and discussions for activists, researchers and everyone interested in making basic income happen. Saturday 9th March at 11am. 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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