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

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Welcome to my June newsletter. Young carers, post-18 education funding, health research and the climate crisis are among issues I’ve raised this month. You can also read my views on Labour’s Brexit policy here. As ever, I’d welcome your feedback.


I challenged the Government on EU Citizens denied votes in the recent European Parliament elections and on securing citizens’ rights, as well as holding meetings ranging from France’s Deputy Ambassador to the Children’s Society.

Young Carers

Working with Sheffield Young Carers, I hosted a meeting of young carers groups from across the country to discuss working together and actions to improve support for young carers. More here.

International Students Rule Change

After years of campaigning, I’m pleased to have secured changes to on international student recruitment after the Home Secretary accepted an Immigration Bill amendment I submitted with Jo Johnson. More here.

Saudi Arms Sales

I welcomed the High Court decision forcing the Government to suspend arms sales, having been a member of the Committee that made the original recommendation three years ago.

Further and Higher Education Funding

After the publication of the Augar Review on Post-18 Education Funding, I called on the Government to protect higher education funding and discussed the issues with Philip Augar at a Universities APPG meeting.

Child Obesity

I challenged Health Ministers on the lack of support services for overweight and obese children, something I work on with Shine Health Academy, securing a meeting to discuss the issue. More here.

Challenging Boris Johnson

At Women and Equalities Question I called out Boris Johnson on his racist comments and asked Ministers whether they thought he was fit to be Prime Minister. Watch it here.

Climate Emergency

I challenged the Government on action to address the climate emergency.

Sharia-compliant Student Loans

I’ve been pressing on Sharia-compliant loans since it was raised by school students in my 2015 Big Conversation. After further delays, I pushed Ministers on their promise to Muslim students. More here.

Helping Constituents

Cases raised with me over the last month include concerns over September school places problems with DVLA and neighbour nuisance (as well as lots of immigration, benefits and housing cases). Contact my office if you think I may be able to help.


At Transport Oral Questions I challenged Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on poor train services to Sheffield and pressed Ministers for long-overdue action on cross-border taxi licencing.

On Patrol with the Police

I joined the city centre police team in their briefing meeting and toured the centre with them discussing current issues. More here.

Clean Air Day

On Clean Air Day I joined pupils, parents and staff at Nether Edge Primary School, who had closed the road outside their school for the morning, to highlight the dangers of air pollution.

Celebrating ScHARR

I spoke at the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research’s 25th anniversary event – more here.

Big Conversation

I’ve published the interim report on action I’ve taken on issues raised during the 2018 Big Conversation (see here) and am now planning this year’s event.

Zimbabwe Deportations

After the Home Office had failed to respond over the deportation of Zimbabwean nationals, I raised a point of order with Speaker Bercow and have secured a meeting with the Immigration Minister. More here.

SEND Support

I met Sheffield Parent Carer Forum to hear more about their State of Sheffield 2019 Report and took their concerns to Ministers at Education Questions. More here.

Mail Bag

The top issue I was contacted about this month (excluding Brexit!) was plastic pollution and the Environment Act.

Tower Block Safety

I joined an event on tower block fire safety and wrote to the freeholders of Sheffield’s Metis Building, urging them to act quickly to secure Government funding to remove dangerous cladding.

Mums United Eid Event

I joined an Eid celebration organised by Mums United to bring the community together in challenging knife crime and gang culture.

Send My Friend to School Day

I joined Year 3 Pupils at Prince Edward Primary School to hear their concerns about children around the world who are missing out on education.

Community notices

Cycling fundraiser: Lands End to John O’Groats fundraiser for Sheffield One World Choir, a free choir for refugees and asylum seekers – donate here!

Art Therapy Group for people living with brain injury – taster session on 9th August, 1300-1500 at the Art House, 8 Backfields S1 4HJ. Contact

Summer holiday activity club at Sheffield Park Academy - £7.50 per day (including lunch). Details here.

WiCAT are running classes including cycle maintenance, dry stone walling and advanced plastering – details here.

16-18 Travel Pass from Travel South Yorkshire can be used over the summer. 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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