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

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After 37 events involving almost a thousand people, and all the responses to the survey, my annual Big Conversation has given me a clear sense of constituents’ concerns. Many thanks to everyone who came along, helped with meetings and distributed 40,000 leaflets across the constituency. Unsurprisingly, Brexit was the top issue and it has inevitably dominated my time this month.
As ever, do let me have your feedback at


This has clearly been a key month for the Brexit crisis. I’ve regularly updated constituents though my Brexit blogs (see the latest here). As I write, Parliament is debating Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill and his rushed timetable to consider it – both of which I’ll be voting against.

Big Conversation

My team have pulled together all the contributions from 968 people at 37 events and 1,051 survey responses into this report - do take a look. It sets out what I was told and in six months I’ll publish a further report saying what I’ve done to follow up on the issues raised.

Securing refugee funding

After Voluntary Action Sheffield contacted me over a threat to the funding of their partnership supporting refugees, I took the issue up with the Government to secure it. Read more here.

Citizens' Rights

I wrote to the Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis to challenge him on comments he made about EU Citizens being deported in the future if they don't have settled status, which I’ll continue to press the Government.

Queen's Speech

I responded to the Government’s ‘pre-election manifesto’ by setting out the main concerns raised with me in the Big Conversation - focussing on the corrosive impact of nine years of cuts. Read more here

Supporting Palestine

In 2017 I led a city delegation to the West Bank seeking to develop links with Sheffield, so was pleased by the City Council’s recent decision to recognise the state of Palestine (see a video about it here).

My Mailbox

As well as lots on Brexit, the issues on which I received most emails from constituents this month were the Government’s proposed Voter ID laws and the situation in Hong Kong.

Climate Emergency

I was pleased to get a top rating in the Guardian’s climate rankings and to meet Sheffield participants in the recent Extinction Rebellion protest in London to discuss the urgent action needed to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

Helping constituents

Cases raised with me over the last month, some through Big Conversation meetings, included Universal Credit, Home Office delays, changes to bus routes and the damage done to the Ponderosa park. Contact my office if you think I may be able to help you with an issue.

Tackling Child Obesity

I took Manor-based Shine Health Academy to meet the Minister for Public Health to press for better support for overweight children, an issue I’ve been raising regularly.

Special Educational Needs

I met with the Council to discuss concerns raised with me over Education, Health and Care Plans and the shortfall in Government funding. 

Door 43

I joined an Open Evening at this new emotional and mental well-being service for young people, talking with staff and users about the help provided. Find out more about their service here

1950s Women

I met with women from the WASPI campaign to support their call for fair transitional State Pension arrangements for all women affected by the change in state pension age.

General Election Volunteers

I rely on volunteers for campaigning, so as the prospect of a general election gets closer let me know if you would like to deliver a leaflet or help in any other way.

Menopause Matters Drop-In

I went along to an event in Parliament to discuss and support the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign.

Church Action on Poverty

I met with participants in CAP’s annual pilgrimage which concluded at the St. Wilfrid’s Centre, to discuss their concerns on widening inequality. 

Hong Kong

I joined Hong Kong students at a recent protest in Sheffield, seeking to secure the guarantees and protection enjoyed in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

Community notices

The ECHO charity shop in Manor & Castle is looking for toys – currently open Mondays 1000-1415 at York House to donate, or contact Charlotte for more information.

WiCAT are running classes including bricklaying, dry stone walling and electrics – details here.
Sheffield Esteli Society are organising a Ceilidh Fundraiser for community projects in the Nacaragua twinned town. Sunday 17th Nov, 7:30pm at the Broomhall Centre. Tickets 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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